Felix Chidi brace guides Neroca to comfortable win

Real Kashmir had many an opportunity to score in either half, but it wasn't clinical enough in front of goal.

Real Kashmir is sixth on the table with this defeat. (representational image)   -  The Hindu

Felix Chidi’s brace helped Neroca FC defeat Real Kashmir FC 2-0 in Srinagar Sunday. This was Neroca's first win of the season, handing Real Kashmir FC its first defeat of the season.

The host had its first chance to score as early as the fifth minute, when a defensive lapse inside the Neroca half saw Danish Farooq gallop towards the ball making a fine attempt to score but an equally good effort from the goalkeeper Mauro Boerchio denied the home team from taking an early lead.

Real Kashmir's high tempo created many scoring opportunities but the failure to take its chances cost it dear. The closest that Real Kashmir came to scoring was in the 15th minute, when a corner-kick landed kindly in front of Krizo for a header that ricocheted off the inside of the post and being cleared by the Neroca defenders.

However, in 28th minute, a fine cross from Neroca’s Ashok Singh from the left landed right in front of Felix Chidi, who made no mistake in to fire Neroca into the lead. Chidi's goal gave Neroca fresh impetus, though it didn't add to its score half-time.

The second half began with Real Kashmir on the front foot but Neroca’s defence held firm and deny clear goal-scoring opportunities. However, Neroca FC doubled its lead in the 74th minute, when another defensive lapse by Real Kashmir gifted Chidi another opportunity that he accepted.

Real Kashmir had an open chance in the 88th minute, when Danish Farooq missed a sitter to even set some panic in the opposition. Neroca, with one win, two draws and one loss, has five points and is fourth while Real Kashmir is sixth on the table. 

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