The reverse fixture ended up as a 2-0 defeat for the Kerala-based side.
Southerners FC Kerala will face Bengaluru-based outfit Ozone FC in a crucial Second Division I-League fixture at Bangalore Football Stadium tomorrow (Monday). The visitors thrashed Kerala Blasters (Reserves) 5-1 in their last game. Sreyas struck a hat-trick, while Jithin and Haris scored a goal each. FC Kerala lead Group B with 16 points from 7 games, while Ozone collected 14 points from 6 games.
“I am happy with the way the team played against Kerala Blasters (Reserves) in Kochi. We dominated possession and converted our chances. Ozone is a good side and very dangerous at their home. But I am confident we can beat them. We are targeting three points and will fight till the final whistle,” said head coach T.G. Purushothaman
FC Kerala started their league campaign with a 2-1 victory over Fateh Hyderabad AFC at home. They blanked Madhya Bharat SC 3-0 in the next game. The southerners held FC Goa (Reserves) to a goalless draw in their first away outing and claimed a 2-0 win over Madhya Bharat in Bhopal.
The 2nd division league newcomers claimed their fourth win after coming back from a two-goal deficit to beat Kerala Blasters (Reserves) 3-2 at home. But Ozone ended FC Kerala’s dream run by inflicting a 2-0 defeat. The team bounced back with a 5-1 victory over Blasters in Kochi on Thursday.
The team scored a total of 15 goals and conceded only six so far. 19-year-old Sreyas VG is club’s top scorer with six goals. Goalkeeper Ahamad Asfar, hailing from Palakkad, has kept three clean sheets.
When both sides met in Thrissur, Ozone FC claimed a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Sabeeth Sathyan and Sampath Kuttymani. FC Kerala’s Nigerian recruit Bala Alhassan Dahir will sit out of tomorrow’s clash after receiving an automatic ban for two yellow cards.
Former Indian junior team & Kerala coach VA Narayana Menon is team’s technical director and Navas KA is manager-cum-coach.