UBI thrashes Kenkre,makes them relegate!
9th April’18, Mumbai: A high flying United Bank of India rolled on their juggernaut on a Monday afternoon when they blanked Kenkre FC 4-1, in a first half flurry , here at Cooperage Ground ,Mumbai.
A spirited display by the bankers side in the first half saw them take a massive 3 goal lead courtesy strikes from Dion Menezes, Scott D’Souza and Sherwyn Chang. Continuing on a red hot form, Scott completed his brace in the second half while Yash Mhatre was only one from Kenkre FC to get into the score sheet, in the latter half. Kenkre FC needed to win this match at any cost to avoid the relegation, which they could not, finally!
United Bank of India seemed more aggressive of the two sides as they took the control in the middle through Bryce Miranda and Scott D’Souza- a definite contender for the best duo of the season. Soon they got their first goal of the match through young Dion Menezes. Dion’s clinical finish exuded his confidence level, fresh from an outstanding outing at the recently held 72nd Santosh Trophy, as the young Maharashtran skipper cut across as an exception in an otherwise inconsistent Maharashtra squad.
Minutes later; before the first cooling break, Scott D’Souza piled on more misery for the Kenkre side, who now stares deep into the relegation. It was a fascinating co-ordination between Bryce Miranda and no. 10 Scott D’Souza, as the former received a nice pass from a right flanks on a constructive attacking move and set open Scott with a deft backflick as the seasoned campaigner slotted it home to make it 2-0.
Just after the cooling break UBI’s prolific striker Ranjeet Pandre could’ve tripled the lead but he hit straight into the Rayon goalkeeper after breaking free from defense-splitting through. Ranjeet more than made up for it when he played a pivotal role in the third goal. Scott D’Souza played a forward through ball for Ranjeet, as the lanky striker set on a breezy run taking out the goalkeeper and delivered a perfect minus, to which Sherwyn Chang came from behind the Kenkre centreback, and tapped it into the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the half.
The battered Kenkre side was undone in their failure to make the chances count as they were way too wasteful in the final third. The long ball tactics went horribly wrong for the Kenkre side as UBI took a pragmatic approach in the second half; standing tall in the box. Meanwhile Scott had completed his brace to rub salt into the wound although striker, Yash Mhatre had managed to find a consolation goal for Kenkre FC to round up an eight defeat in what has been a dismal campaign for them.
With this seventh victory UBI once more spice up the usual two-way championship battle in Elite division between Air India and ONGC; as they now sits pretty at the third position behind them, with 23 points from 10 matches. Kenkre FC have a lot of issues to address right now, starting with the failure to qualify for I-League and now getting relegated from the top tier division of Mumbai.