Sreenidi Deccan FC secured a memorable 4-3 victory over Mohammedan Sports Club in the 2022-23 I-League match at Hyderabad’s Deccan Arena on Thursday.
In a thrilling encounter on the edge of the bench, Mohammedan took the lead with two goals through Nikola Stojanovic and Vaslurur Rahman Mithukayel, but a free kick by Faisal Shayesteh ensured the hosts trailed by one goal at half-time. The visitors extended their advantage through SK Faiaz but Sreenidi Deccan FC’s blitz late in the second half – a strike by Awal Mohamed and a headed brace by substitute David Castaneda – completed the turnaround.
The result leads Carlos Vaz Pinto’s team to their fourth straight win and will instill more confidence in the team. On the other hand, for Mohammedan Sporting, the result will surely be a bitter pill to swallow as they suffer a loss for the third time this season and end in two straight matches.
The first half started with both teams being careful and looking for maximum possession in midfield. The hosts created their first big chance in the 10th minute through Shayesteh, who beat the goalkeeper with his shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Wayne won and pushed it wide. Three minutes later, Songpu Singsit latched on to a header pass and got past the goalkeeper with an excellent first touch. However, his shot from a tight angle could only find the side netting.
After missing two great chances, Sreenidi Deccan was pushed back as the black and white brigade started to go better and pose big threats. In the 20th minute, Methukael found space to fire a shot straight at goalkeeper Ariane Lamba. Six minutes later, Nikola Stojanović scored the first goal of the match. The Serbian midfielder crossed his marker and fired an unstoppable 30-yard shot into the top corner to give Mohamadan the lead.
With the goal scored, the game came to life as Awal Mohamed headed over the bar in the 28th minute. At the other end, Ken Lewis rounded two defenders and played in a low cross inches away from the conversion. The Mohammedan winger played a key role in the next goal, in the 33rd minute, a cross from the left flank was bounced across the goal by Faiaz, Methukayil showed excellent sharpness to react first and put it back. the network.
Two goals behind, Sreenidi Deccan stepped up their efforts to get back in the game. Two minutes before the end of the half, Shayesteh produced a magical moment to half the deficit for his team just before the end of the first half. From a free kick at the edge of the penalty area, Al Afghani curled the ball over the wall and into the top corner as it made it 1-2 at the break.
After the restart, the game was once again back to its steady pace with both sides finding it difficult to create any clear chances. But in the 66th minute, the game came to life again with three goals scored in just five minutes. Lewis saw his curling shot wide on a corner kick. From the set-piece, Stojanović fed the ball to Vayaz, who sprinted to the edge of the penalty area and rocketed a shot that hit the crossbar and crossed the goal.
The hosts again trailed by two goals but were able to bounce back quickly. Awal hit a ball from inside the penalty area in the 69th minute, which was shot by goalkeeper Muhammadan Sankar Roy, and the ball fell into the goal. Srinidhi Deccan equalized just two minutes later, this time through Castaneda, as he headed home a free-kick that Shayesteh took in from the right.
The momentum was with the home side and their fourth goal came in the 80th minute to give Srenidhi Deccan the lead for the first time in the match. It was a carbon copy of the previous goal, as Shayesteh took another free kick from the right, and Castaneda beat Roy in the punch and headed the ball in front of him.
The visitors made a series of attacking changes at the end and they all went looking for an equaliser, coming close to Stojanović’s stoppage-time goal that went wide of the post. In the end, the home team defended well and made sure to maintain their lead until the final whistle.
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