Manipur's Neroca FC defeated Real Kashmir 1-0 in their I-League defeat. Felix Cuddy (28, 74 minutes) won his first title at the TRC Tough Stadium to Nero.
Neroca lost 0-2 in home battles in East Bengal before playing against Gokulam Kerala (1-1) and Aizawl FC (0-0) in the next two games.
Real Kashmir started their I-League debut season with a spectacular performance, defeating defending champion Minerva Punjab 1-0 in Pancuha. And did not score against Churchill Bards in the previous game.
Sunday Neroca FC initially had more exchanges, but thanks to strikers from Ivory Coast striker Gnohere Krizo and Danish Farooq, "Snow Leopards" received an assist on the ground but could not find a net .
Real Kashmir had a free-kick from Nerooka in the 5th minute but Nero's goalkeeper Mauro Boerfio equalized and failed to score a quick goal from the home side.
Neroca immediately began playing counterattack, but Ravanan Dharmaraj should have scored for Real Kashmir as they swapped positions on the net.
Kashmir had a kick-off in the 15th minute when Krizo cornered the ball.
Neroca scored in the 28th minute to change the game's color. On the left a good cross from Ashok Singh landed in front of Felix Chidi. He did not make the mistake of bumping the Real Kashmir net.
The goal boosted Nero's confidence, and visitors could not go ahead despite a good attack from Real Kashmir's defensive defense, but it looked better until the end of the first half.
With the crowds flying toward their goals, Real Kashmir took the attack and came up with some beautiful passes and crosses, but it is impossible not to finish them.
In the 63rd minute, Real Kashmir made an impressive attempt, but Criso's shot was nicely given to Nero's goalkeeper Mauro.
Neroca FC allowed Real Kashmir's second goal for Felix Chedi in the 74th minute. Real Kashmir had a brilliant shot to reduce the margins in the 88th minute, but Faroeck of Denmark missed the sitter.
Neroca had 1 win, 2 out and 5 points and Real Kashmir FC had 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses.
First published: November 11, 2018 at 18:40 IST