Corporate Cup Football: D2′s Run

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Round about 8 in the morning the team gathered at the D2 canteen and after short pep talk by the manager and a couple of boiled eggs, headed towards the stadium.

Starting Lineup

Incidentally everyone was playing their first game in the national stadium and hence nerves seemed to have caught them a little. Afterall this was probably the one of the major tournaments D2 was participating, DHL Six-a-side corporate soccer where 24 major corporate houses of the country were taking part.

After about hrs wait, the team had its first match against the NCC bank which kicked off at 11.00 am. The nervousness was quite evident as the the game was not being played in the same manner as team D2 would do in their practice sessions and to add to the pressure, NCC had whole bunch of supporters where as D2 had virtually none.Only few selected enthusiasts upendra, Bhanu, sudeep, shamesh , Sourav and others had managed to made it to stadium. Somewhere in the middle of the first half, a superbly ( and qucikly ) taken free kick by Sajan had the opponent team caught off guard and the score was 1-0. The confidene slowly began to creep into D2′s game. However this was very short lived. Ball struck from distance this time caught Nabin offguard, who had a superb game, and the scores were tied again. As the game was 12 mins a half, the half time was already there.

The second half was very hard to deal with as the scorching heat had begun to take its toll on the players.The attack from the opponent grew stronger but then the team d2 was in no mood to let go. They fought back and fought back strong. 6 mins to the whistle, Biswa’s pass to Sajan who redirected the ball to Hitesh and he in turn passed it to Asim who made no mistake to send the ball back of the net and once again D2 was back on the driving seat.

With no exaggeration, this probably was one of the goals of the day, Asim, the striker, has arrived. It was pretty arduos task to see off last 5 mins , even though it was just 5 mins per se. Sajan was replaced by Bijaya to add more defensive strength and with excellent defending from Biswa, Bijaya and Prashant, D2 managed to hold on and tasted the sweet taste of victory in a major tournament. Game won D2, 2-1.

The next game for D2 was 2 hrs later, against Alpine Card Service.

D2 knew that they would come back with much heat as they had lost their first game.On the other side D2 looked more composed and relaxed. May be many of the teams had not adjusted the ‘six a side’ version of football, but D2 for sure were quick learners. And it did not take long to get their noses in front. A perfectly judged pass by biswa from one side of the goal to hitesh which he took in a perfect manner and blasted it past the keeper saw the ball strike back of the net. D2 lead , 1-0. However D2 was in no mood to relax. They kept on hounding the opponent’s goal and had it not been for some excellent saves from Alpine keeper, D2 would have hit a couple more. Ashim could not complete the second game due to a Knee injury, but Rajan provided a great replacement with a holding role to keep the lead intact.

Cheered up by some of d2 colleagues, Smriti and Shreeya leading the pack, who would shout ‘pass to d2!! pass to d2!!’ every time opponent had the ball in possession, the players knew that they would win the game pretty comfortably which they eventually did. Final score, D2 1-0.

The remaining games are scheduled to take place on July, Friday the 13th.

Standings after first leg

Team                                    Played       Points
Speedway cargo                         3             9
D2 Hawkeye services                  2             6
World Distribution                       2             3
Standard Chartered Bank           2             1
Alpine Card Service                     3             1
NCC Bank                                   2             0

Team D2 would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the fellow D2Hawks who managed to take their time off to cheer their team.


Team D2


Gearing Up


Calculating the chances


Not off the record, yet


Player’s Box


Stretches


That’s Plan B


Navin gets a feel


All spread out


and the Hawk is watching you


NCC Bank


Nervous moments before the Stadium Debut


its official, you got the know the rules


Eager to get in


NCC starts the game


NCC pressurizes


On the run


oh! that’s in. The first goal from Sajan


The Celebration


NCC puts it over


long one for Ashim


Bishwa good enough for 2


The Dasarath grass


Its a long way to the top


Bijaya and Prashanta, Lunch time


Match 2 starts


Game on


Prashanta too tall for the Post


Ashim gets a blow, makes the move out


Alpine gave us some nervy moments


Half time break


D2 supporters fuel in the players


Still got a half to hold on


The ball was mostly in Alpine DBox


Sajan takes a corner


Biswa and Sajan hold the defence in game 2


Down to earth


Alpine goalie watches the incoming ball


The score says it all


A day’s worth


stadia nationalia


the stadium stands still


all cool and relaxed


Empty Stands

Corporate Cup Football: D2′s Run was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by d2football
 

Blog Comments

  1. the mirror

    Cheers, D2Howkeye??? in score board. Congratulation!!

    It could have been great if more D2′es had been showed up. Don’t miss for the next match.

  2. Vish

    Congratulations and please repeat the story again and keep making history!Good Luck for winning future games.

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