This is the day JCT would like to forget in a hurry. The JCT coach, Parminder Singh, expected their contest against Air India to be no more than a stroll in the park when, ahead of the match, he said they should win it without breaking a sweat.
The contest, however, unfolded in a completely contrasting manner with Air India thrashing their more fancied opponents 2-0 at Guru Nanak Stadium, the latter’s home ground, in Ludhiana in the ONGC I- League 2009-10 on Wednesday.
The home team looked out of sorts for most of the time and failed to create a move of any real significance. Air India, on the other hand, should get credit for keeping their opponents on their toes for most of the time.
Ravinder Singh of Air India drew the first blood when he pushed the ball into the JCT citadel in the fifth minute. JCT, on the other hand, failed to control the ball and hence could not cerate any scoring opportunity. They had a lucky escape in the 39th minute when a fierce ND Opara’s shot struck the upper bar, before deflecting away. But Air India weren’t to be denied for long as just two minutes later Opara dribbled past the JCT defenders to score his first and teams’ second goal.
This goal further deranged the already troubled JCT. They struggled for the possession and couldn’t create any real chance. The teams went into the break with Air India leading 2-0.
Air India, too, failed to score in the second half, but they dominated the proceeding for most of the time and kept JCT at bay.
Khelemba Meetei and ND Opara of Air India were shown yellow cards.