Merry time for Aizawl FC, Dodoz scores an brace.
Aizawl FC crumbled Chennai City FC 3-1 at their own ground in front of their crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi today (March 2, 2018) to end their Hero I-League 2017-18 season. Aizawl FC ended their campaign on higher notes as they finished with 24 points from 18 matches.
Red Army started the game on higher note as they forced opposition for number of corners. Dodoz created an brilliant chance but got saved by opposition custodian Bilal Khan equally astoundingly.
Gokulam also showed their hot temperament as they made some incisive runs and inch perfect passing and also kept ball along them for quite some time. Henry Kisseka shot wide after some good work by Arjun Jayaraj. Rashid’s long ranger was denied by debutant goalie of Aizawl FC.
Malabarians took the lead in 24th minute when an shoot from Henry Kisseka inside the box was handled by Kimkima. Referee without having any other thought blew his whistle to award spot kick to the visitors. Mahmood Al Ajmi took the penalty kick and scored his third goal of the season and first of the match.
Aizawl had an wonderful chance to settle the score when Andrei’s killer pass was picked by Albert but his shoot couldn’t soar into net as Bilal Khan stood like a rock to keep the scoreline in visitors favour.
The visitors left the ground with smile on their face as they were 0-1 up in match at the half time mark.
At the hour mark, Ball slicked out of Bilal Khan’s hand as he failed to collect the cross from Albert Zohmingmawia and it fell in radar of Dodoz who without any hiccup struck the ball into the net to find an profounding equaliser for Aizawl FC. The crowd uproared and drums kept banging as Gokulam Kerala FC campaign went dead silent.
Dodoz sent visiting team into despair with his brace on 74th minute when he went past Rashid before banging in with his non-dominant foot as the ball went past Bilal Khan.
Four minutes later, Aizawl crumbled Gokulam like piece of toast when they scored from an corner. Khawlhring took the corner and Bilal Khan fisted it away before it fell in the path of Mapuia who struck his third goal of season.
With this match, Defending champions Aizawl FC finishes fifth on the table with 24 points from 18 matches. Gokulam Kerala FC is seventh in the league with 20 points from 17 matches and last one remaining against The Mariners whom they would be playing on 6th March.