Pune end ONGC run
Pune FC ended ONGC’s fairytale run at home by edging past them courtesy a James Moga first-half goal in an I-League clash here at the Ambedkar Stadium on Sunday.
This is ONGC’s first loss in their own den since Santosh Kashyap took over the reins in November last year. While ONGC dropped to ninth position with 30 points from 24 matches, Pune FC reclaimed third with 40 points from 22 outings.
The South Sudanese striker Moga volleyed home in added time of the first half after being fed by Douhou Pierre, who cut past two defenders to thread the pass.
East Bengal hold Sporting
In Kolkata, East Bengal’s I-League hopes virtually went up in smoke after a 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan.
East Bengal were wasteful to start with as the Goans drew the first blood when Juanfri Pena struck in the 43rd minute. Cornered, the home outfit found the equaliser through Edeh Chidi who struck in the 62nd minute.
It was East Bengal’s fourth successive draw as they failed to earn full points to be on 43 points, with three more matches left. Sporting Clube de Goa have 31 points from 24 matches.
In Shillong, hosts Shillong Lajong defeated Mumbai FC 2-0 with goals from Minchol Son (33rd) and Sushil Singh (77th) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.