Real Kashmir are one of the favourites to win the I-league Second Division this time around.
Despite a late resurgence from Delhi Dynamos, the ISL outfit’s reserve side succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Real Kashmir F.C. in their Group A match of the I-League Second Division at the Ambedkar Stadium.
Head Coach Fran Perez opted for a change in tactics as Dynamos went with three at the back, but that played to Real Kashmir’s strengths as the visitors dominate the proceedings from the start.
Goalkeeper Sukhadev Patil was forced into an early save as he denied three players from Real Kashmir in a one-on-one situation. But all the hard work was soon of no use as the visitors were handed a spot-kick minutes later. Atinder Mani stepped up to score and hand Real Kashmir the lead.
10 minutes later David Robertson’s side doubled their advantage as a looping header from Danish Farooq left the Dynamos backline helpless and landed straight into an empty net. Ritwick Kumar then made things worse for Dynamos as his shot from outside the box went straight into Sukhdev’s net to hand Real Kashmir a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
Dynamos changed things in the second half and came out much stronger with striker Seiminmang Manchong leading the line. The substitute striker cut down the gap to two goals as his glancing header from Nonganba’s cross found the far post.
The hosts could have added another in the 85th minute of the game but poor judgement from Kuber Bisht saw them miss out on a glorious opportunity. The midfielder though redeemed himself minutes later as his volley from outside the box made it 3-2 for Dynamos.
Despite late persistence from the hosts, Real Kashmir held their own in the final few minutes to earn a 3-2 win.