It was a day on which their shooting boots went missing for both teams.
Hindustan FC drew 0-0 with Real Kashmir in an I-League Second Division match played at Ambedkar Stadium on Thursday evening. With this match, both the teams end up getting a point each in their favour.
Real Kashmir just made one change in their side who had drawn against Delhi United in the previous match as their coach David Alexander gave a chance to Ifham Tariq in place of forward Ayan Krishan Thapa, whereas, Hindustan went with the same XI who won against Real Kashmir in the last match.
Real Kashmir dominated the play in the first few minutes and had the opportunity to take a lead in the 10th minute when midfielder Kouassi had a shot from close, but Hindustan keeper Mithun saved well. A few minutes later, Hindustan’s defender Utkarsh got substituted by U-22 Ashutosh Thapliyal, who made an instant impact in the match.
Hindustan FC also came close to scoring in the 23rd minutes, when Khushant Chauhan smartly sent a free-kick into the box to forward Pushpender but his shot missed the target by a whisker. U-22 Nikhil Gehlot tried to score with a long shot but the ball didn’t find the target and went wide in the 31st minute.
In the last minute of first half, Hindustan’s player Thomyo was unfortunate not to take his side into the lead when his shot rebounded off the crossbar with an empty goal. At the end of the first half, none of the teams managed to get a lead in their favour and the score s read 0-0.
At the beginning of the second half, Real Kashmir could have taken lead in the 63rd minute when midfielder Danish Farooq kicked the ball from inside the box but Hindustan’s keeper Mithun collected the ball. In the 87th minute, Hindustan’s Pawan Pratap found Shaheen John with his low cross, but the forward failed to send the ball home.
Hindustan FC will play their next match against Lonestar Kashmir in Srinagar on 17th April, whereas, Real Kashmir will be seeing Delhi United FC on 18th April.