Chencho's strike Won Minerva Punjab the Neroca challenge, And probably the Title as well...

Suhasini Shah  |  Minerva Punjab  |  1 Year Ago

Minerva Punjab FC’s dream run in their second season is taking news soars with every passing I-League round up. Currently enjoying their confirmable position in the league table, the boys from Punjab now looks safer with 25 points, four points clear from Neroca FC with two lesser matches played. Neroca on the other hand must be disappointed to have lost all-three at home as their title hopes are also off to the trench. Though the hosts put up a tenable challenge, but unable to come out from the 2nd minute fiasco to Chencho Gyeltshen’s strike.


Here are the Three Talking Points from the match:

Chencho is the Fan Favourite

The Bhutanese wonder-boy came to India last year with a lot of hopes, most importantly to save his footballing career on the expense of Minerva Punjab. Well, from no one to become the poster boy for Minerva Punjab, Chencho took just a few matches and he’s now in the contention to become the league top scorer as he’s stands tall at the fifth position, behind the likes of Dicka, Katsumi and Joachim with four goals in the tally. Not to mention the rumoured interest from Delhi Dynamos to land him in the ISL on loan through the season…

Neroca were skilful but disintegrated

What Neroca needs to introspect tomorrow morning is how they couldn’t pull one in. The Manipuri striker Subhash Singh and Felix Chidi Odili came extremely close to scoring a few times but the lack of support upfront and extremely tight defending by the visitors ensured none for Neroca. While the Orange Army were skilful in the middle of the park, they never looked like a unit in the Minervan box and that costed the hosts an important match. Gift Raikhan admitted that his side needed to play together and that his strategy somehow fell short to Minerva Punjab’s strength in their defence. And uphill climb for the Highlanders now!!

Minerva Punjab is the league winner already

Though the season is yet to end officially, it looks like the only North India club has already won the league with no solid challenger around. While the nearest two, Neroca and East Bengal are way too behind their tail, Minerva’s early in the season hard work has given them a cushion of four and six points with two and one match lesser played respectively. So going by the calculation, Neroca and East Bengal needs to win more away matches than the league leaders to turn the table around. But until then, it’s all Green for Ranjit Bajaj & Co.

Who'll win the 2017/18 I-League title?
Minerva Punjab
Neroca FC
East Bengal
Mohun Bagan


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