Minerva Punjab and DSK Shivajians share the spoils in Ludhiana in a goalless draw

Girish Das  |  Minerva Punjab  |  2 Years Ago

Coach Surinder Singh and Owner Ranjit Bajaj’s persistence with youngsters in their debut I-League season is starting to materialize for Minerva Punjab. First Bodo and Anirudh Thapa in the match against Mumbai FC, now it’s the youngster Sumit Rai getting the Player of the Match award for the Warriors in a hard fought goalless draw with DSK Shivajians. After the 3-pointer versus Mumbai and stealing a point off the defending Champions’ jaws, Minerva are looking in a great shape with a right attitude. Unlike the first eight matches, the Punjabis resonated a pacey performance that Ranjit Bajaj has been advocating since the very start.


Minerva, despite fumbling intially have managed to go up gradually and after the first phase in the League, they perched right on top of Mumbai FC and Churchill Brothers.


The match proceeded with DSK taking charge of the game and tested Minerva’s defense with attacks from both flanks. Nirmal Chettri and Jerry Lalrinzuala partnered well in the midfield to threaten the hosts with precise crossing, seeking Sumeet Passi inside the box. Arnab Das Sharma, the experienced Goalkeeper however was attentive and enjoyed a Clean Sheet for his side.


The first half saw a few goalscoring chances created by DSK frontmen, including a controversial handball penalty appeal which was downrightly rejected by the referee. It was only the second half when the hosts came attacking, giving a tough competition to the visitors with their aerial crossing and attack from the back. It was end to end stuff in the closing stages with both teams playing the ball deep into the opposition half in their quest for the elusive goal.


However, some excellent defending along with poor finishing by both sets of strikers ensured that the game ended goalless.


Both Minerva and DSK are happy sharing a point each to hold their position tight on the League table.


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