Jackichand Singh ripped through Salgaocar with three assists in a 4-2 win. A hat-trick from Seityasen Singh and a ripper from skipper Densill Theobald completed a comprehensive win for Royal Wahingdoh.
The match which witnessed football of the highest quality has been dubbed as “perhaps the best match played on Indian soil this year”.
Seityasen opens scoring; Jackichand Singh dazzles
As predicted by many, Royal Wahingdoh were off the blocks from the word go. Godwin Franco played the role of chief orchestrator as he successfully picked the runs of Jackichand Singh and Densill Theobald. Thus, within 10 minutes, Santosh Kashyap’s men had broken the deadlock. A wonderful run from Jackichand Singh saw the latter serve a wonderful pull-back for Seityasen Singh who obliged with a goal.
In spite of inspiring attacking moves from Darryl Duffy and Douhou Pierre, it was all Royal Wahingdoh in the first half. Seityasen’s ninth minute strike was all that separated the two sides at half time.
Douhou Pierre equalizes for Salgaocar
Requiring a minor miracle to come away with three points, Derrick Pereira brought on Yemen international Khaled Baleid. The move proved to be a master-stroke as Baleid wrecked havoc and earned a free-kick in a dangerous position. A teasing curler from Douhou saw the Ivorian find his name on the score sheet with 54 minutes played. The screamer from the Salgaocar striker meant that the Royals were now on even terms with Salgaocar.
Densill Theobald nets a screamer
The Salgaocar celebration was cut short barely three minutes later by Densill Theobald. While Douhou Pierre’s strike will be a contender for the goal of the season, Densill Theobald’s strike will perhaps be the ‘goal of the season’ in Indian football. A long range effort from Densill flew past Subrata Pal to restore Royal Wahingdoh’s lead.
Royal Wahingdoh all the way
Eight minutes later, it was the Seityasen-Jackichand combination working to good effect once more. An inch perfect cross from Jackichand Singh ensured that the impressive Seityasen Singh buried the finish to make it 3-1. The lethal combination was at it once more as they increased the lead to 4-1 with barely 10 minutes left.
Darryl Dufffy secured a consolation goal for Salgaocar in injury time as the match concluded 4-2.
Santosh Kashyap will be more than happy with the performance of Jackichand Singh and Seityasen Singh. However, what will make him happier will be the performance of custodian Nikhil Bernard. The win sees the Royals jump to second position in the I – League table, two points behind the leaders Mohun Bagan.
As for the I League title stakes, with BFC coming strong and Royals in good form it is GAME ON and all eyes will be on Mohun Bagan to see if they can hold on to their leadership spot.