Bengaluru FC continued their unbeaten start to the 2022-23 2nd Division League with a 1-1 draw at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru vs Golden Threads FC, on Friday. Ashish Jha’s early goal was canceled out by a 68th-minute strike from Bibake Thapa to share the points after an entertaining contest. 2nd Division League 2023: Bengaluru FC plays out 1-1 draw against Golden Threads FC.
Earlier, Head Coach Kaizad Ambapardiwala made five changes to the lineup that featured from the previous game against FC Bengaluru United in 2nd Division League 2023, with Fanai Lalremtluanga, Thoi Singh, Kamalesh Palanisamy, Harpreet Singh and goalkeeper Lara Sharma making their way to the starting lineup.
The Blue Colts started well and didn’t take long to get themselves in the lead as Jha headed home to put his side ahead in just the fifth minute. The winger found himself in the right position at the right time to nod in a cross from a free-kick by Fanai.
Ambapardiwala’s outfit proved to be the better of the two sides, creating more chances and carrying the larger threat. But their efforts were undone by the lack of end product in the final third. Kamalesh should’ve doubled the lead, minutes shy off the break, when Fanai set the forward through on goal with an inch-perfect pass.
But, the forward couldn’t slot the ball home past Golden Threads’ goalkeeper Vishnu who was quick to rush to the ball and make himself big to deny Kamalesh. Into the second period, the two teams played out an even contest with tackles flying in and both sides testing the opponent ’keeper time and again.
Ambapardiwala sought to refresh his side’s approach in a bid to regain their lead, bringing on Shreyas Ketkar and Vinith Venkatesh to replace Damaitphang Lyngdoh and Lalhminchhuanga. After missing a glorious chance to equalize in the 63rd minute, Thapa made amends for his miss by scoring just minutes later. The forward rose highest to head home from a cross by Harikrishna to get his side back into the game.
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