Real Kashmir FC’s unbeaten run is over, Chidi’s brace hands

Neroca FC doubled their lead in the 74th minute when another defensive lapse by Real Kashmir saw Felix Chidi make no mistake in earning his second goal of the day.

Real first defeat in a year

Photo by Basit Khan

The Manipur side Neroca FC handed debutants Real Kashmir FC their first defeat in the I-League as Felix Chidi struck in either side of the half. The star player of Neroca scored goals in 28th and 74th minutes to give Neroca their first win of the season.

The unbeaten streak of the home side Real Kashmir FC that had started last year was broken by the spirited and under pressure Neroca FC on Sunday as visitors overpowered hosts by 2-0 at full house TRC Turf ground here.
Coming into match, Real Kashmir had beaten defending champions Minerva Punjab 1-0 in Panchkula in their I-League debut and then played out a goalless draw against Churchill Bothers in their previous game here.
On the other hand, Neroca had lost to East Bengal 0-2 in their opening match at home before drawing their next two matches against Gokulam Kerala (1-1) and Aizawl FC (0-0).

The best chance of the game for Real Kashmir came in 88th minute when home hero Danish Farooq missed a sitter. The game ended with Neroca FC earning their first victory in the I-League. Neroca FC now with one win, two draws and one loss has five points and is placed fourth while Real Kashmir FC has gone down to sixth place on points table.