Bashundhara Kings outplayed Nofel Sporting Club by 1-0 goal in the third round match of Bangladesh Champions League (BCL) 2017 at Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the capital on Thursday.
Bashundhara Kings players came on to the field with reinvigorated zeal after successive draws against Uttar Baridhara Club and Soccer Club, Feni. After creating team with a mix of youth and experienced, Bashundhara thumped Nofel to taste the triumph in the third round match of the meet.
The match started at 4:15 pm as per the schedule. The intro of the match could not have been any better for Kings as they made an early breakthrough in the second minute of the match.
Bashundhara skipper and former national footballer Rokonuzzaman Kanchan stormed through Nofel defence from the left wing and scored a stunning goal, courtesy of some excellent dribbling and through back passes.
With three goals to his name in three matches, Kanchan was looking a good as ever. Nofel goalie Ershad was no match to Kanchan’s ‘bullet’.
Nofel booters tried their best to man their ship in the face of incoming storm of Bashundhara Kings. Their frustration was exposed when their captain Monsur Ali was handed a yellow card for an unjustifiable charge in fifth minute.
The first half of the match produced an excellent example of quality football. Though no teams could score any goals during this period, attacks and counter attacks of both the teams kept the game lively.
Second half of the match also started with Bashundhara Kings dominating the turf.
In the 55th minute of the match, Bashundhara were subjected to small setback as Tonobir Mollick was handed a yellow card by referee. Still the rhythm was with Bashundhara Kings.
Nofel tried to reverse the momentum of Bashundhara Kings and went on to a defensive style of play. Thus the contest of boots from then on became a one sided affair as Bashundhara were on the offensive and Nofel scrambling to defend till the end of play.
In the 84th minute, Rakibul Islam missed an opportunity to score in a 2:1 contest. Thus Bashundhara Kings could not double the lead.
Kings left the ground with a sense of purpose with a score line of 1-0 in their favour.
Title contender Bashundhara Kings had drawn in the first two rounds of the league. With a strong a diverse range of players, the Kings will like to continue onwards with their new found momentum.
They will take on Kawranbazar PS in their 4th outing of the tournament on Monday (August 21) at the same venue.