Mumbai stun Salgaocar

Keegan Pereira opened the scoring for Mumbai in the 17th minute before midfielder Noel Wilson doubled the lead two minutes past the half-hour mark.

Yusuf Yakubu reduced the margin for Salgaocar with a strike in the 64th minute but Nicolas Rodrigues put the match past the Goans with a strike five minutes later.
Substitute Milagres Gonsalves pulled one back for the table toppers three minutes from time, but Mumbai held on to take precious three away points.

Despite the loss, Salgaocar stay on top of the standings with 46 points from 22 matches but have Churchill, East Bengal and Dempo breathing down their necks with each team on 44 points. Mumbai stay fourth on 37 points from 22 matches.

In Kohlapur, a brace each from ND Opara and Sunil Chhetri gave strugglers ONGC and Chirag United one point each as they played out a 2-2 draw.

Opara found the back of the net in the 50th and 90th minutes while Chhetri struck in the 41st and 76th minutes. ONGC are eleventh with 22 points from 24 matches while Chirag lie eighth on 27 points from 23.

Sikkim draw again
Vasco Sports Club humbled Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 while United Sikkim held local team Royal Wahingdoh to a goalless draw in their second round match of the 2nd Division I-League final phase in Shillong.

In a keenly contested match before a capacity crowd at the Polo Ground, United Sikkim and Royal Wahingdoh dished out an entertaining attacking game.

As early as the fourth minute, Sikkim’s Beikhokhei got a chance to put his side ahead but his shot bounced back after hitting the post. Three minutes later, it was the turn of Wahingdoh and Boy Singh’s shot was saved in time by Sikkim custodian Debjit Majumder.
Sikkim came close to scoring in the 16th minute again but skipper John D Meyongar shot wide. If the first half was dominated by the Sikkim side, it was the turn of the local team to put the visitors under pressure after the breather, especially towards the end of the match.

Sikkim goalkeeper Debjit Majumder had a busy time under the bar with Wahingdoh strikers raiding the goal time and again. United Sikkim’s Japanese defender Mitsuki Ichihara was later declared the man of the match.

In the first match of the day, Vasco beat another Goan side Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0.

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