|FC Kochi storm into finals
July 31, 1998
KANNUR: Formidable KBL-FC Kochi scored
a convincing 4-0 win over Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, and stormed
into the final of the South Zone Black Label Federation Cup football tournament
here today, reports PTI.
The winners led 1-0 at half time. The Kochi team
who had the upper hand, forged ahead in the 45th minute through captain
Dhanesh's header. Star striker Abu Jomo, who played as a mid-fielder in
the match, struck the second goal in the 54th minute while medio Noel Wilson
consolidated their lead in the 79th minute. Substitute Noushad rounded
off the tally in the injury time.
Thought the semi-final match got off to an even
start, the home team had a slight upperhand in midfield exchanges and in
terms of ball possession. Though the Kochi team could have taken the lead
as early as in the 8th minute, Dhanesh's header went over the upright.
Another opportunity went abeggin for KBL-FC Kochi as both Najeeb and Abu
Jomo were a bit late in latching on to a cross by defender Mir Farooq Hyder.
The Kochi team kept attacking and got their reqard
at the stroke of halftime when Dhanesh beat Rakash with a header off a
perfect cross by Roque Baretto, Karunakar Raj, playing as a striker, banged
the first. It was headed in on rebound by Dhanesh.
The Kochi team missed a chance in the 50th minute
as Najeeb's shot went over the line.
However, they increased their lead four minutes
later when Jomo banged home a neat cross by Baretto from the right.
After Najeeb messed up an open chance in the
64th minute, the Kochi team scored their third goal through Noel Wilson
in the 75th minute. Dhanesh who had only Prakash in front sent a powerful
shot but the ball rebounded of Prakash's hands. Wilson collected the rebound
and placed it neatly inside the net. Substitute Naushad, who replaced an
off-colour Najeeb, completed the tally the injury time.
In the second semi final, SBT will meet Indian