FC Crossfire vs NightsWatch FC
The fourth match was played between NightsWatch FC and Crossfire FC. Although this match did not have any bearing on the top spot, it was still an opportunity for both teams to invigorate the feel good factor.
The initial minutes saw attacks from both ends, where defensive prowess from Romik Bose Mitra and Asad became a necessary aspect. Crossfire's Nalin Bhat and Armstrong Alexandre were making persistent runs, but it was NightsWatch FC who acquired the better shooting opportunities in the first quarter of the half.
22nd minute of the match saw some breathtaking display of playmaking by NightsWatch's midfielders which led to Ikron David scoring the first goal of the match and opening NightsWatch's account, Crossfire's players were indignant as they felt it was an offside goal.
Crossfire wiped off the NightsWatch lead in the 26th minute, following Nalin Bhat's acumen and Alexander's finishing. Crossfire FC did not get carried away by that goal as they immediately looked for their second, but couldn't sway the time as the half ended in one goal apiece.
Halftime: FC Crossfire 1 – 1 NightsWatch FC
The play resumed after a much-needed respite, and in the very first minute itself Manavendra Mishra and Soham tried to infiltrate into the Crossfire box, but defenders were able to cut it right. Ikron David and Shashwat of NightsWatch FC were exhibiting tremendous ball control and phenomenal pace in the sultry conditions.
In the 40th minute, NightsWatch rediscovered their form and took a lead, courtesy of Shashwat who delivered an accurate pass to Soham, who in turn made no mistake in targeting the unprotected region, 2-1 NightsWatch. The goal gave NightsWatch the required momentum, as they started to control the proceedings.
52nd minute saw another NightsWatch attack, where Navtej denied them from going 3-1 up. In the remaining minutes, NightsWatch kept their calm and held their 2-1 lead intact. So after 6 weeks, NightsWatch tasted success again, Crossfire, on the other hand, suffered only their third loss of the tournament, and yet are nowhere close to the pinnacle, which personifies their inconsistent run in the competition.
Fulltime: FC Crossfire 1 – 2 NightsWatch FC