Bengaluru 'B' edge TRAU in 2nd Div League to top group
AGENCIES IMPHAL, 21st Apr: Bengaluru FC ‘B’ rode on skipper Myron Mendes’ brace (6’, 59’) to beat TRAU FC 2-1 in a thrilling 2nd Division League encounter at the Khumam Lampak Main Stadium, in Imphal, on Saturday.
Princewill Emeka (72’) reduced the deficit in the second half for the hosts, but a strong defensive performance in the final quarter earned the Blues their third win of the campaign.
The result also meant Bengaluru FC ‘B’ (11 points) extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to five games and moved to the top of the Group-C standings ahead of TRAU (11 pts) on head-to-head. Going into their third away game, coach Naushad Moosa fielded an unchanged lineup and it took only six minutes for the Blues to break the deadlock. Playmaker Robinson Singh Khumukcham, who has been deadly with his set-pieces, curled in a freekick from the left to find Myron at the far post and the skipper headed it home to give Bengaluru the lead.
In the final minutes of the first half, Lamgoulen Hangshing almost doubled the advantage for Bengaluru. The hosts came all-out attack in the second half and ex-Blue Malemnganba Meitei almost got a goal back, but his effort from inside the box went just wide in the 47th minute.
It was however Bengaluru who pushed up thereafter and managed to convert their chances. Ten minutes into the second half, Moosa introduced Bidyananda Singh in place of Lamgoulen and the move instantly paid off. Bidyananda earned a corner after his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper and Robinson’s delivery from the resultant set piece found Myron, who once again met the cross with a header at the far post to double the Blues’ advantage.
TRAU pulled one back in the in the 72nd minute when Emeka headed in Reisangmi Vashum’s cross in from the left to set up a thrilling end to the game. With just one goal separating both sides, the last quarter saw some end to end action with chances falling for either side. The Blues however managed to hold on to their narrow advantage and seal a well-deserved win over the Manipur side.