I-League: Real Kashmir FC Continue Dream Run, Hold Churchill 0-0
File picture of the Real Kashmir FC team.
File picture of the Real Kashmir FC team.(Photo: Real Kashmir FC)

I-League: Real Kashmir FC Continue Dream Run, Hold Churchill 0-0

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  • Real Kashmir FC play out a goalless draw against Churchill Brothers in Srinagar on Tuesday.
  • This was Real Kashmir’s first home game of the season as football returned to the Valley after two decades.
  • Real Kashmir remain unbeaten till now after they won their season opener against holders Minerva Punjab

Real Kashmir FC made a near perfect debut at their home ground in their maiden season of the I-League. They held Churchill Brothers to a goalless draw at the picturesque TRC turf ground in Srinagar on Tuesday.

A few days after a terrific start to their debut season in the country's top-flight, when they stunned defending champions Minerva Punjab FC in their own den, Real Kashmir entered the game as the fancied team.

Tuesday’s match was also a big landmark in Indian football as the game returned to the Valley after a gap of twenty years.

Former champions Churchill Brothers, reduced to 10 men, are a fancied outfit and managed to stave off a spirited challenge by the hosts at the TRC Polo Synthetic Turf Ground.

Real Kashmir could not register three points after being denied twice by the woodwork, once in each half.

Robertson chose to stick to the starting XI that earned him the three points against Minerva Punjab. While Petre Gigiu made a single change to the side that drew 2-2 against Chennai City as Lamgoulen Gou Hangshing started ahead of Vinil Poojary.

It was a competitive start to the game as both sides were looking to dominate the midfield, but they lacked creativity as the match progressed.

The first significant chance of the game fell for Danish Farooq but the midfielder was denied by the crossbar. It was an accurate cross from Brian Mascarenhas from the left flank and Farooq took a shot, which beat goalkeeper James Kithan, but the woodwork came in the way.

The result may have left the home fans asking for more but also ensured that David Robertson's men stayed unbeaten after two matches in a week.

There was a chance for Real Kashmir towards the end, but that did not ended in a goal.

With this draw, Real Kashmir climbed to the third spot on the points table. They will next play Neroca FC from Manipur on Sunday, 11 November.

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