The Goan side have jumped to fourth spot for now as they heaped further misery on the Black and Whites...
Salgaocar edged past wasteful Mohammedan Sporting as a goal from Dudu Omagbemi in the first half separated the two sides and ensured that the away team climbed to fourth spot in the I-League standings.
The big news for Mohammedan was the inclusion of top scorer Josimar in the starting line-up following injury concerns before the match. New signing Taro Hasegawa was once again left out on the bench. Derrick Pereira fielded an unchanged eleven for Salgaocar following their win against Mohun Bagan.
The home side started the game on the front foot as they took the attack to Salgaocar. However it was Salgaocar that grabbed the opening goal as Dudu Omagbemi broke the offside trap of the hosts and raced past Mehrajuddin Wadoo to finish neatly at the near post.
Sanjoy Sen’s side almost came up with an instant reply as Israil Gurung’s shot from an acute angle cannoned off the near post.
The Goan side grew into the game following their goal and it was Dudu again who was causing all sorts of problems for the hosts as he almost scored his second of the game with a brilliant volley from outside the box in the 29th minute that went off the post.
The second half started off in a similar fashion to the first as the hosts started off brightly. Japanese striker Hasegawa was brought on by Sen in a bid to add urgency into their offense.
The first clear cut chance of the second half fell to Penn Orji in the 62nd minute as he failed to latch on to a deft flick by Josimar which left Augustin Fernandes flat-footed at the edge of the box.
Mohammedan continued to apply the pressure as a Manish Maithani header crashed on to the cross bar following an inch perfect cross from the right flank by Gurung.
Khangtang Paite was brought in place of Ishfaq Ahmed in the 66th minute and the move almost paid off after a good run by the former Churchill Brothers winger on the left flank led to a chance for Josimar who failed to convert.
Salgaocar should have had a penalty as Syed Rahim Nabi appeared to have handled the ball inside the area. However the appeals fell on deaf ears.
As the minutes ran down in the second half, the home side put in cross after cross in a desperate attempt to get back on level terms. The Salgaocar defense, however, remained resolute as they hung on to clinch all three points at the Salt Lake stadium.
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