Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC - The Goans Edge Past Khalid Jamil's Side
A solitary strike by Ryuji Sueoka late in the second half was enough for Salgaocar SC to register a win against Mumbai FC....
By Ayush Srivastava
Salgaocar SC extended their unbeaten streak to five games, as they defeated Mumbai FC 1-0 at the Balewadi Stadium on Sunday.
The game looked destined to end in a stalemate until Ryuji Sueoka intervened with a goal in the 79th minute to consign Khalid Jamil’s men to their second straight loss.
The hosts, looking to pull clear of Chirag United Kerala in their relegation battle, dominated the proceedings early in the first half. However despite the concerted efforts of Noel Wilson, Cavin Lobo and Abhishek Yadav, they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
As much as they tried, Mumbai FC could not score a goal in the first half, as the teams went into the break tied at nil-nil.
In the second half Ebi Sukore and Gbeneme Friday caused some unrest in the visitors defence. On one instance, some nice inter-play between Cavin Lobo and Keegan Pereira helped set up a presentable chance for Sukore in the box. However before the Nigerian could profit, Vinay Singh rushed in to block his attempt.
It seemed like this match, like the two matches held at the Balewadi stadium yesterday, would end in a draw. However Sueoka had other ideas.
On a counterattack, Sueoka got the ball close to the half-line and looked up for a teammate but eventually decided to go solo, sprinting past the static Mumbai FC midfield before tricking his way past the defence.
The Japanese player turned and raced ahead to collect the ball and fire to the left of the outstretched Ishan Debnath much to the delight of the players and staff of the Goan club.
With Mumbai FC not able to muster a reply, Salgaocar took home all the three points, which sees their points tally swell to 22 and are in seventh, a spot below Prayag United in the league table due to goal difference.
Mumbai FC meanwhile have 14 points from 14 matches and are three points ahead of Chirag United Kerala, who occupy the last relegation spot presently.