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Real Kashmir FC wins thriller to lift title second time in row

Defeats Sreenidi Deccan FC by 2-1

Post by on Thursday, December 16, 2021

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Srinagar, Dec 15: Defending champions Real Kashmir FC lifted the second successive champion’s title in a row by defeating Sreenidi Deccan FC 2:1 in a closely contested final match of 124th IFA Shield football tournament 2021 played at East Bengal Ground, Kolkata.
The David Robertson-coached side achieved the feat by showing resilience to pull off a spectacular 2-1 victory over a spirited Sreenidi Deccan FC to lift the title.
The first half was dominated by the I-League debutants from Vizag with their superior tactical and technical display, with a 30th-minute strike by their Colombian centre-forward David Castaneda Munoz.
Coach Fernando Santiago Varela Sreenidi Deccan FC side dominated with their superior tactical and technical display.
It was Girik Khosla, attacking midfielder from Deccan who set it up from the left as David tapped the ball brilliantly and turned it around to fire in a powerful right-footer giving their side the early advantage and also scoring his fourth goal of the tournament.
Real Kashmir FC in the second half of play despite stepping up could not convert their chances as Thoi Singh missed two sitters in front of the goal.
In the 66th minute, Thoi squandered a fine opportunity when he was set up brilliantly by a Mason throw-in but Thoi's shot hit the upright.
Deccan FC saved some valiant attacks by RKFC in the second half and all they had to do was to see through the final three minutes to cap their dream journey with a maiden title on debut.
RKFC taking the advantage of inexperience of Vizag debutants made a dramatic turnaround riding through their dependable Spaniard and Scottish duo of Fran Gonzalez and Mason Lee Robertson who scored one goal each to help their side emerge victorious.
As the time was running out for RKFC with the match getting into the end of the second-half, it was Sanchez who brought up the equalizer in the 90+3rd minute to take the match into the extra time.
It was Mason who set it up with a clinical center from the right as Sanchez chested the ball before shooting from an acute angle.
Mason seized on an excellently connected center from Pratesh Shirodkar and towered above his rival defender for a winning header right in the 100th minute of play.
The Deccan FC gave it their all by bringing in their goalkeeper CK Ubaid into the attack in the dying minutes of extra-time but thanks to defenceline of RKFC who held them on.
Speaking to Rising Kashmir, Real Kashmir FC Head Coach David Robertson said that he dedicates this victory to their club owner Sandeep Chattoo and to the people of Kashmir.
“People in Kashmir are so passionate about football and I cannot wait to see our fans back in the stadium,” he said.
He added it is a tremendous feeling that in such a short span of time and beating all the odds, the team from Kashmir is doing wonders in Indian football.
“By winning this title and by participating in I-League, I am sure that the little boys and girls back in Kashmir are getting inspired,” he said and added
 “I can see many private clubs coming into existence after the I-League was brought to Kashmir by RKFC. The game will get more professional and with time we will have many top level players from Kashmir playing in I-League and ISL,” he said.    
RKFC had pulled off an identical 2-1 win over George Telegraph in the last edition of the IFA Shield title.
 

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