With 1 Loss, a draw and a win, the game against the Verisk Rhinos was a great chance for the QA Bigfoots to ensure their presence felt in the title race. The Rhinos were yet to open their account in the League as they were the only team not to have scored any point. It was a sunny Saturday morning and the game started at around 8 am and the Rhinos ensured that they would not leave any stones unturned to secure a win, let alone a draw.
The Rhinos started with Sujan Baral (D2Almuni) as their newest team member, ably supported by the veteran Vishnu Kshettri. Verisk Rhinos nearly had an opening goal merely minutes into play when AashishA (Bigfoots) seemed unaware as what to do with the ball and RamKrishna Wagle(Rhinos) nearly took the advantage as his shot hit the framework.
“Midfield maestro HiteshK (Bigfoots) setup a lovely ball for Bigfoot winger ManikM and he proved why he is a clean executioner of the ball with his half volley shot as it raced to kiss the back of the net.”
At around 15 minutes after the game started, midfield maestro HiteshK (Bigfoots) setup a lovely ball for Bigfoot winger ManikM and he proved why he is a clean executioner of the ball with his half volley shot as it raced to kiss the back of the net. For normal team this could have been the beginning of the end but not the Rhinos, as they were in a different mood. Despite a goal down, the Rhinos seemed not to have lost interest for an equalizer and soon enough SujanB (Rhinos) trying to cross the ball with 2 defender on his way ended up to get a sloppy shot at the goal which PrashantaS( GK Bigfoots) misjudge and it slipped between this legs to touch the net. This equalizer seemed to have reinvigorated the Rhinos as they fairly kept the host on back-foot.
The second half started with both the team trying to take a lead. A game of pure football was anticipated from the QA Bigfoots but with AbhishekS (Bigfoots) substituted, midway in second half due to an injury, Verisk Rhinos pushed their way up from the QA right side most of the time. The Bigfoots under pressure for a must win match for their hopes to be alive in the table looked a daunting task. The outcome of which was clearly anticipated and the Rhinos constantly pushed forward to get the lead.
But the time was done and with no more goals produced, the match ended up in a 1-1 tie. This brought a very deserving 1 point to the Rhinos and left QA Bigfoots with 5 points and 2nd on the table.
Gameweek 9: April 25, 2009
QA BigFoots 1-1 Verisk Rhinos
Manik 16′ Sujan 24′
QA BigFoots: 1-Prashanta(GK), 9-Abhishek (Kamal 40’), 2-Aashish, 4-Pratik, 3-Prajwal, 7-Shankar, 10-Hitesh, 14-Manik, 5-Roshan, 11-Manish, 15-Prabhat
Verisk Rhinos : Pramod(GK), Himal Karmacharya, Ram Krishna Wagle, Siris Bajracharya, Vishnu Kshettri, Roshan Sainju, Ujjwal Hada, Bhim Sapkota, Sujan Baral, Manoj Khakurel, Shankar Subedi
Prajwal – QA BigFoots (Y, 20’)
Match Report By: Pratik Joshi.