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H2000 too good for CIL

By Our Sports Reporter

BANGALORE, APRIL 18. H2000 from Mumbai taught the local league champion Controllerate of Inspection Electronics (CIL) a lesson or two in capitalising the chances in a runaway 5-1 win in the Group III second division National Football League qualifying match at the Bangalore Football stadium here on Sunday evening.

There was nothing to choose between the teams prior to the match. Both had drawn one and lost two matches. But the Mumbai league runner-up, having finished second best to Mahindra United, proved there is a yawning gap in the standard of the two leagues as it time and again showed a clean pair of heels to the local side.

CIL having qualified for the second division National league did not strengthen its ranks and paid heavily for it. After a 0-7 rout at the hands of Fransa FC of Goa in its last outing CIL looked woefully out of tune and it was just matter of time before the Mumbai side scored. Orufe Abara taped home, in the 30th minute, a Yusuf Ibrahim backpass for the lead.

Then came the four-goal blitz in six minutes. After Ibrahim had volleyed wide a Richie Robert chip from top of the box, Prakash Patil increased the lead in the 49th minute, bulging the roof of the net after a Ibrahim free-kick was deflected off CIL custodian Venkatesh.

Orufe Abara, the wily striker, in the 53rd minute weaved his way into the centre from far left and then with the narrowest of gaps sent a crisp shot to the far corner leaving Venkatesh stunned (3-0).

CIL struck soon after as substitute Krishna Kumar's chip into the box from right eluded the grasp of Dennis Creado, tending the H2000 goal, and Kanikaraj headed home the dipping ball.

But Orufe ensured that the lead remained intact as from the kick-off he advanced a few paces and unleashed a right footer that brooked no answer as the ball lodged into the far corner (4-1). A minute from the close Richie Robert added his name to the scorers list with a teasing goal that had three CIL players including an advanced Venkatesh sprawled. With deft footwork Richie not only drew Venkatesh away from his post but dribbled around two defenders and placed the ball neatly to round of the tally.

H2000 finished with a win, a draw and two losses while CIL with a match against ICF, has crashed to its second defeat in three matches.

On Monday, Fransa FC and KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram clash to decide the qualifiers from this group. While Fransa needs just a draw, KSEB will go all out for a win.

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