Chronic FC took an early lead against DSEC United and defended well to bag all 3 points in their quest to catch up with the table toppers and make their presence known in the Premier Sports League.
On Saturday, Chronic FC registered only their second win in as many matches to kick off their Premier Sports League campaign with a bang.
The Chronic players in all whites began the match well with relentless early pressure. It almost paid off in the 7th minute as their no. 6, Nikhil met a corner with a powerful header but it was directed straight at the DSEC keeper.
Nine was fine for the all-whites of Chronic as Vahin Khosla scored with the ball going in after ramming the inner post. The DSEC defence scrambled to clear the ball but it was too late as referee, Sunil Dutt signalled that the ball had already crossed the line. 1-0 to Chronic FC with just 9 minutes gone!
The DSEC players who were wearing orange bibs for the day, tried to conjure up a response but their players looked frazzled after falling behind so early in the match. It was wave after wave of Chronic pressure but with no end product.
The Chronic manager looked a bit frustrated that his team had not extended their lead. After a few embarrassing ‘air-kicks’ and ‘mis-controls’, the DSEC players finally began to find some joy on the wings. The Chronic defence initially responded well but they were caught sleeping in the 26th minute. A good old-fashioned goal mouth scramble almost lead to DSEC United scoring as the Chronic rear-guards failed to clear the ball. It almost felt like DSEC had to score there but one of their midfielders fails to convert and shoots wide from just outside the box.
United kept the pressure on before half-time with their corner count rising and their players looking to net an unlikely equaliser. They almost fashioned a great chance when a shot on target was blocked by one of the Chronic defenders inside the box but the referee waved away any suggestions of a hand-ball and signalled for another corner.
Yet, it was another wasteful corner by DSEC which marked an end to a very entertaining first half of Premier Sports League football. The match was far from over with both teams creating loads of chances in the first 30 minutes. The real problem for DSEC United has been their poor delivery from dead ball situations. Their forwards have often found themselves ‘off-side’ and have failed to register a shot on target so far.
HALF-TIME: Chronic FC 1-0 DSEC United.
It was great to see some mind games being played at the half-time break. Chronic FC returned back early on to the pitch but DSEC United made their opponents wait and took their time as the players looked busy discussing their tactics for the second half. The referee soon asked them to return and the second half kicked off.
The mind games almost paid off for DSEC United in the 35th minute. A great defence-splitting pass caught the Chronic back-line in tatters as their goal-keeper is left alone to deal with two DSEC forwards. But DSEC somehow failed to score, as their forward rounds up the keeper and sails the ball high over an empty goal.
Missing chances like that won’t do their confidence any good. The only solace being that DSEC United is still very much in the game, even though the experts predicted an easy win for Chronic FC. This once again proves that football is not played on paper and anything is possible on the football pitch.
The Chronic manager shouts at his players to communicate more and be professional by slowing the game down. It seems like they have been lucky to still have their one goal lead intact and wants to break the new found momentum that the DSEC United have dug up after half-time.
The All-whites responded as they began to re-establish some of their early dominance in the game. The Chronic attackers seemed– to have found another gear as they have started to press high and not let the DSEC defenders have time on the ball. It is quite impressive to see their stamina levels so high, going into the final 10 minutes of the game.
DSEC United refused to give up without a fight and cooked up some ‘half-chances’ but their forwards were wasteful in front of goal. It has been the story of their season so far. Too many missed chances and lack of leadership has been their downfall. But kudos to their players for not giving up. They have been creating enough chances to win games.
The Chronic players defended expertly in the final five minutes and settled for shots from distance. The referee soon blew the full-time whistle with expressions of relief mostly on the Chronic players’ faces. The All-whites knew how good their opponents were on the day, but it is all about getting results at this stage of the season.
The brave-hearts of DSEC were entertaining but wasteful. Hopefully their fortunes will turn for the better as the season progresses.
FULL-TIME: Chronic FC 1-0 DSEC United.
We caught up with Chronic FC manager, Jahan after the game.
His thoughts on the match:
"It was a good game. We were lucky to come away with the 3 points. The game could have gone either way. A lot of good chances for both teams with the defence being exposed which lead to an entertaining, end-to-end game of football. I'm happy with the result."
On the referee's performance:
"No complains. The referees, organisers, administrators are all doing a superb job here. We can only look into what’s in our control. A few calls go your way and a few calls don't. That's the nature of the beast."
His player of the game:
"For me, it was Maddy (Matthew) because he's young lad coming in and playing his first game for us. He's still in high school and plays as a centre back for his school team. He slotted in defence for us and played a great game. I thought, he was stellar today."
With their second victory of the season, can Chronic FC pose a realistic threat to the table-toppers and mount a challenge for the Premier Sports League title?
And can DSEC United turn their fortunes for the better? The next few weeks might give us a clearer picture. Stay tuned for more exciting Premier Sports League action.