Real Kashmir FC made a near perfect debut at their home ground in their maiden season of the I-League with a goalless draw against Churchill Brothers at the picturesque TRC turf ground in Srinagar on Tuesday.
The win comes after the team from Kashmir won their opening game against defending champions Minerva Punjab FC last week, helped by a strike from Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo.
Tuesday’s match was a big landmark in Indian football as the game returned to the Valley after a gap of twenty years.
For the hosts both Danish and Krizo created ample opportunities in both halves.
Danish made some valiant effort but the Churchill goalie made sure that the debutants didn’t take the lead. While Krizo missed a few from the D.
Real Kashmir also looked solid in their defence with their Nigerian captain Loveday Enyinnaya, coach's son Mason Robertson, Zambian Aaron Katebe and Dharmaraj Ravanan
At the stroke of the half-time, Churchill Brother got a major blow having gone down to 10 men. Till then, it was pretty even stevens as both Real Kashmir had 6 shots compared to Churchill Brother's 4.
With this draw, Real Kashmir climbed to the third spot on the points table. They will next play Neroca FC from Manipur on Sunday, 11 November.
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