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I-League: Real Kashmir host Churchill in historic first home game (Preview)

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Newly-promoted FC will look to build on their opening match win when they take on a resurgent Churchill Brothers at the picturesque here on Tuesday.

have had a dream debut in the having won their opening game against defending champions FC, helped by a strike from Ivorian striker

Incidentally, this was the first occasion in the history of the Hero when a debutant overwhelmed the defending champions.

Churchill Brothers, on the other hand, have done well to remain unbeaten in their two games, played at two different corners of the country and both away from home. They drew goalless against Minerva and then had a fighting 2-2 draw against table toppers Chennai City, which should give them much confidence going into Tuesday's game on TRC's synthetic turf.

David Robertson, Real Kashmir's Scottish coach, will know that his side will have to improve a lot from their display against Minerva to make full use of the home advantage against Churchill.

He was quite aware of the occasion in the pre-match press conference when he said: "It's going to be another day in history as we are playing our first home match. My team is excited as well as focused."

Commenting on the conditions as the valley witnessed the season's first snowfall a couple of days back, Robertson opined, "It will be difficult for both the teams because of the weather conditions. Like Churchill, we also have players from all over the country."

The hosts look to be solid in defence with their Nigerian Loveday Enyinnaya, coach's son Mason Robertson, Zambian and bringing in a lot of composure and experience. Krizo is also a constant threat inside the opponents' penalty box with his height but will need good support at some stage.

Robertson has still not fielded the likes of and Ritwik Kumar Das upfront. The duo had scored eight goals between them in their successful second division campaign last year and might look to get them in at some stage to support Krizo.

Churchill's Romanian sounded pragmatic in the pre-match presser commenting, "It's a difficult game for sure. My team is tired but we will try to play good tomorrow. It will be my first game in Kashmir and we want to play better for our spectators and Indian "

Alluding to the conditions he said, "It's not a surprise for me because I have coached in such weather conditions before in It's going to be fun for the team. Let's hope for the best for us and our opponents."

Churchill seems to be settling down as a squad under the new as they played better in their second game than they did in their first.

Gambian Dawda Cessay is the bulwark of the side in central midfield and showed glimpses of what he can do against Chennai in the last game. who came on as a substitute also gave a lot of attacking impetus to the Goan side and Gigiu might look to give him a start.

Libyan and Serbian have also been putting in good solid shifts at the heart of the Churchill defence and so has keeper However, strike man from & Tobago will have to get on the scoresheet sooner rather than later.

The FC coach also hoped for great home support acting as a key ally when he signed off saying, "I hope a lot of people from Kashmir show up for the match."

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 20:44 IST
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