Thursday, 9 August, 2007

Thunderous win for Thundercatz

B D Narayankar
PUNE: Undeterred by the prospect of taking on a star-studded side like Shivajians, Thundercatz dished out some clinical football fashioning a thrilling 4-0 victory in the Vahatuk football tournament at Chandrashekhar Agashe Ground here on Tuesday. The craft of the Shivajians allowed them to seize the early control in the first 18 minutes of play, but thereafter Thundercatz’ explosive counter-attacks regaled the sparse spectators, who braved the inclement weather to watch the exciting match.Thundercatz played to a plan. Their backline hardly gave any open spaces for the Shivajian strikers and their medios, especially Sebi Korudh were ready with their steady supplies to enable Thundercatz find the back of the net at regular intervals. The Thundercatz shot into the lead in the 19th minute when Nikhil John fired a delightful shot after receiving a cross from Sebi Korudh. Six minutes later, Nikhil could have made it 2-0, but his low shot from the top of the box was brilliantly parried by the Shivajian keeper. The opening goal only served to put Thundercatz in the right frame of mind to hold sway over their opponents. The probing moves of the Thundercatz forwards finally fructified towards the closing stages of the first session when Sebi Korudh sprinted inside the box and blasted the ball past the Shivajian keeper. This goal underlined Thundercatz's dominance.After the lemon break, Thundercatz were slow getting off their blocks but once they got into their groove, there was no stopping them. Thundercatz went 3-0 up when Sebi Korudh darted inside the box and dispossessed a couple of defenders and rifled home the third goal for his team. Kumaresh Babu rounded off the tally for Thundercatz when he muscled in the fourth goal in the 48th minute. RESULTS: Thundercatz 4 (Sebi Korudh 2, Kumaresh Babu, Nikhil John) bt Shivajians 0

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