Gokulam Kerala FC – 5 (Luka Majcen 4′, 38′, Jourdaine Fletcher 5′, 27′, Jithin 66′)
Real Kashmir FC – 1 (Tiago Adan 48′)
AIFF Media Team
KALYANI: Gokulam Kerala picked up a solid 5-1 win over Real Kashmir in Hero I-League 2021-22 match on Monday at the Kalyani Stadium. Luka Majcen (4′, 38′), and Jourdaine Fletcher (5′, 27′) scored a brace each, while Jithin (66′) score one goal against the 10-man Real Kashmir, as the trio helped their team earn three points in the thrilling contest. Tiago Adan (48′) scored the sole goal for Real Kashmir in the match, but it proved not be enough to inspire a comeback.
Gokulam Kerala started the match in a thrilling fashion as they made a quick penetration inside Real Kashmir’s box. Prakash Sarkar handled the ball inside the six-yard box after a deflection from the goalpost and was given a straight red card, as Gokulam Kerala earned a penalty in just the third minute of the match. Luka Majcen converted the kick from the spot to give Gokulam Kerala a 1-0 lead.
In less than a minute, Gokulam Kerala doubled their lead, with Jourdaine Fletcher hitting a left-footed shot towards the right bottom corner of the goal. In the 8th minute, Abhash Thapa brought down Gokulam Kerala forward just outside the box and received a yellow card for the foul. The ensuing free kick, taken by skipper Sharif Mukhammad, just went wide off the goalpost.
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Emil Benny, who was looking very threatening in the defensive third, made a delightful pass to Jithin in thr 66th minute, who struck a half-volley on the bottom right corner of the nets to add the fifth goal for Gokulam Kerala FC. Three minutes later, Fletcher was cleared to get inside the box on a counter-attack. But his feeble wrong-footed shot was comfortably saved by Bilal Khan.
Gokulam Kerala FC will next face off against Kenkre FC on March 12, 2022, while Real Kashmir FC will take on Sreenidi Deccan Football Club on the same day.