I-League: Kisekka wins three points for Gokulam against Indian Arrows
BASQUE: Uganda striker Henry Kisekka The clinical finish helped the contenders to the title Gokulam Kerala FC hit Indian arrows next to a lonely goal in a I-League match at Tilak Maidan on Friday.
The Arrows gave Gokulam a great scare, particularly after the Malabarians had to play the last 15 minutes of the game with 10 men.
Gokulam coach Valera played Kisekka and the Trinidadian captain Marcus joseph in advance, while the new Arrows coach Shanmugam Venkatesh also started with a 4-4-2 regulation, with Vikram Partap Singh and Aman Chetri in advance.
Gokulam started hard and both Joseph and Kisekka missed a couple of babysitters in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Arrows, however, found their grooves by then and Vikram Partap was impressive with his races on the right.
When the first half ended, Gokulam was left wondering what they had to do to take down the young Arrows, as their goal was being handled more than skillfully by the young Samik Mitra, who also had a safe first 45 minutes.
After the break, and against the race, Gokulam took the lead five minutes after the restart. A long ball found Kisekka at the top of the right arrow box. The Ugandan moved away from his markers in an instant and carefully placed the ball in the left corner of the Arrows network.
In the 76th minute, a wonderful move by Gokulam resulted in a header from Joseph deflecting an Arrows defender and entering, but Samik took a brilliant stop.
Five minutes later, Etienne knocked down a rushed Aman Chetri after the young striker had dispossessed him in front of the goal and headed towards him. With only the goalkeeper ahead, the referee had no choice but to give marching orders to the large central Trinidad.
Gokulam has won his two opening games and now sits quite high on the table with six points.