XtraTime Web Desk: New side Real Kashmir made a sensational debut at their home turf as they held Goan side Churchill Brothers in a goalless draw of an I-League encounter at the picturesque TRC turf ground in Srinagar on Tuesday.
A few days back the novice side begun their journey in the I-League with a shocking win over defending champions Minerva Punjab FC at Panchkula and now they have held Churchill Brothers for a draw. It was a historic day for Indian football as the game returned to ‘paradise’ after a gap of twenty years.
Former champions Churchill Brothers, reduced to 10 men, are a fancied outfit and managed to stave off a spirited challenge by the hosts at the TRC Polo Synthetic Turf Ground.
Real Kashmir could not register three points after being denied twice by the woodwork, once in each half.
It was a competitive start to the game as both sides were looking to dominate the midfield, but they lacked creativity as the match progressed.
The first significant chance of the game fell for Danish Farooq but the midfielder was denied by the crossbar. It was an accurate cross from Brian Mascarenhas from the left flank and Farooq took a shot, which beat goalkeeper James Kithan, but the woodwork came in the way.
The result may have left the home fans asking for more but also ensured that David Robertson’s men stayed unbeaten after two matches in a week.
There was a chance for Real Kashmir towards the end, but that did not ended in a goal.
With this draw, Real Kashmir climbed to the third spot on the points table. They will next play Neroca FC from Manipur on Sunday, 11 November.