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March 1, 2020

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Gokulam Kerala FC blank Kerala Police, enter the final of KPL

Kozhikode, March 1: Nimshad Roshan scored a brace to help Gokulam Kerala FC blank Kerala Police, 4-0, to enter the final of the Kerala Premier League and setup a final clash with Kerala Blasters.
Gokulam Kerala FC will play Kerala Blasters FC in the final to be played at EMS Corporation Stadium on February 7 th.
Malabarians had the upper-hand in the match from the start onwards and created several chances. Nigerian player Daniel BJ found the opener in the 13 th minute as his free-kick deflected off a Kerala Police defender.
Gifty C Gracious and Beautin Antony dictated terms for the Malabarians in the middle of the park while Daniel and Nimshad Roshan possessed constant threat for Kerala Police, which failed to create a single shot on goal in the first half.
Gifty was the mastermind of second goal as his beautiful through ball found a surging Nimshad and the striker made no mistakes to give an early two-goal lead for the Malabarians. Nimshad, who won the man of the match award, scored another three minutes later as he and Daniel eased past into the box with nice one-touch passes.
Gokulam continued to attack and almost broke the Police defence. Soon after Gokulam won a penalty as Lalmuanzova, who raced past Kerala Police, was tripped by Police custodian. Lalmuanzova slotted the ball past Police goalkeeper to have a 4-0 lead before the half-time.
Kerala Police were much more composed in the second-half as they tried to put pressure on Malabarians couple of times. But defenders Stephen and Rajil S were solid with their performances in the backline.
Substitute Emil Benny had a golden chance at the end of the match but he shot an open chance above the crossbar to end the match 4-0.
“This is a huge win for Gokulam Kerala FC. We have playing in the final of the Kerala Premier League for the past three years. Our aim is to win another cup in front of our home crowd,” said GKFC head coach Shajirudheen Kopilan.

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