Counter-attacking TRAU floor Rajasthan United

NewsDrum Desk
28 Jan 2023

New Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Rajasthan United in the I-League at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Saturday.


Salam Johnson Singh (14th) and Komron Tursunov (40th) scored for TRAU, while Rajasthan United pulled one back through Shaiborlang Kharpan (19th).

Rajasthan looked like taking charge of the match from the word go and one of many Lalremsanga crosses found Pintu Mahata unmarked inside the TRAU box when the match was only 10 minutes old.

Haokip dived to his right to save Mahata's header. Shaiborlang Kharpan, the only forward, got two chances over the next two minutes but could not convert them.


Four minutes later, against the run of play, Brazilian Fernandinho’s creativity from the left and Salam Johnson Singh’s unsettling speed from the right combined to give TRAU the lead.

Johnson sneaked into the penalty box unnoticed and landed a picture-perfect volley into the net off Fernandinho’s cross.

The lead did not last long though. Five minutes later, neither Haokip nor any of his defenders tried to intercept Atai’s corner from the left flank. It reached Shaiborlang, standing at the far post. He chested it straight into the goal to make it 1-1.


The Kyrgyz midfielder's corner from the same flank landed TRAU in trouble again in the 28th minute. Haokip failed to fist the ball away and it would have gone in, had one of the defenders not cleared it off the goalline.

Three minutes later, Atai himself was guilty of wasting Lalremsanga’s precise cross but shooting it way over the bar from handshaking distance.

So much attack did not bear fruit for Rajasthan United. It kept vast open spaces behind for TRAU to exploit on the counter instead. They did that successfully in the 40th minute, when Komron Tursunov got between two defenders, getting a beautiful lob from behind.

The defenders tried to close him out, but Tursunov kept his cool to send his right-footer in and make it 2-1.

This result takes TRAU up to the third spot with 22 points from 13 matches, while Rajasthan are languishing at seventh position with 18 points from 13. PTI ATK AH AH