Indian Arrows get their first win of I-League season

Kolkata, 14 Feb: Gurpanthjeet Singh scored the only goal of the match as Indian Arrows recorded their first victory of the I-League season with a 1-0 result against Kolkata giants Mohammedan SC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, here on Sunday.
The AIFF’s developmental side displayed heroic defending and goalkeeping after Gurpanthjeet’s goal in the 26th minute to beat the Black Panthers in the first-ever encounter between the two sides in the I-League.
Mohammedan Sporting started the game with high-intensity football, trying to press the Indian Arrows for any mistakes. They created the first opening of the game in the fourth minute.
However, Nikhil Kadam’s low cross from inside the area was well blocked by Amandeep Singh. Minutes later, Shilton D’Silva, himself a former Arrows cadet, came close to opening the score, but his long-ranger was wide of the Arrows’ goal.
Mohammedan continued their attacks but were unable to find their target as Faisal Ali’s swerved long-range effort went high over the Indian Arrows goal in the eighth minute.
The Indian Arrows settled into the game and created a chance in the 12th minute as Vellington Fernandes’ cut back header from Gurkirat Singh’s cross was landed just behind Harsh Patre.
Mohammedan came inches from scoring in the 20th minute when John Chidi connected to Hira Mondal’s long throw, but his powerful header struck the post. Despite all their attacking pressure, the Black Panthers lacked the finesse in front of goal.
The first goal finally came in the 26th minute as Arrows struck the opener against the run of play. Gurkirat Singh’s freekick bounced right in front of the keeper, forcing a weak save from Shubham Roy. The ball looped in the air and the tall Gurpanthjeet Singh out-jumped the defenders to nod the ball over the line. (PTI)