Round 5 of the Hero I-League kicked off on Tuesday, with a match between DSK Shivajians and Mohun Bagan at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, which ended in a goalless draw.
Table toppers Mohun Bagan AC came into the match after a four game winning streak, but it was the home side that got off to a great start and then dominating and frustrated Bagan throughout.
Dsk almost opened the scoring 15 seconds from the starting whistle, but Kim Song Yong’s ball skimmed the far post before heading out. In the 23rd minute Kim had another chance, but his acute header on target was parried away. While Bagan had their first shot at goal through Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Yong, who had scored twice in DSK’s previous two matches, went on to cause the visitors all sorts of problems in this hard fought match.
During the second half, Lallianzuala Chhangte missed two sitters for the homeside while for Bagan, Bose, Sony Norde and Katsumi also skewed good opportunities.
After the match DSK coach Dave Rogers was full of praise for his team and applauded the spirit of his side.
“From the first kick off, we were the dominant team. It feels like a defeat, to be honest. The boys have run around, they’ve battled and outplayed a really good team.
“ With a little bit of luck, we would’ve won the game. We scored what I believe was a great goal from a set-piece, only the referee knows why he has disallowed it.”
“Have a look at the young boys who’ve come up against one of the most experienced teams in the I-League, they didn’t look out of place at all. I’m very proud of them and we are getting better day-by-day, week-by-week. We’ll recover now and be ready for the next challenge,” he added.