Derrick Pereira's side made it a hat-trick of wins against Mumbai FC this season as they down Khalid Jamil's men...Salgaocar FC registered a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mumbai FC in a round 20 I-League encounter at the Tilak Maidan, Goa, on Sunday evening. Goals from Gilbert Oliveira (10') and Dudu Omagbemi (45+1') sealed the three points for the home side as they closed the gap at the top to four points.
There were three changes in Salgaocar's line-up as Rahul Kumar, Bikash Jairu and Clifton Dias replaced Nicolau Colaco, Francis Fernandes and Brian Mascarenhas.
On the other side, Peter Costa and N.P. Pradeep were the two men in as Khelemba Meitei and Yusif Yakubu started on the bench.
Salgaocar FC took the lead off a Rahul Kumar throw-in which was flicked on to the cross bar by Bikash Jairu and Gilbert Oliveira was right there to tap the ball in the back of the net in the 10th minute.
The goal was a wake up call for the visitors who did well to contain Dudu Omagbemi in the following moves which required the duo of Peter Costa and Anwar Ali to pair up against the Salgaocar striker.
Mumbai FC midfielder Nicholas Rodrigues' free-kick was not too far away from the top left corner in the 21st minute, while a good delivery in the box for Darryl Duffy by Dudu saw the Scot lose his footing which allowed rival goalkeeper Kunal Sawant to claim the ball in the 28th minute.
Salgaocar goalkeeper Karanjit Singh was then forced to pull out a good save to deny Ebi Sukore in the 39th minute. The rebound fell for N.P. Pradeep, but the former India international's attempt on the volley flew above the target.
Dudu calmly placed the ball past Kunal Sawant to double Salgaocar's lead after receiving a pass from Clifton Dias in the injury time of the first half.
After the break, Duffy played a neat pass for Dudu whose left footed shot wasn't good enough to beat the Mumbai FC custodian.
Pereira's men were left to do most of the defending in the following minutes until Duffy cut past Sandesh Jhingan who stood in the way of the Salgaocar striker and the two players collided.
The resultant free-kick taken by Jairu was headed wide of the left post by Augustin Fernandes from handshaking distance in what should have been Salgaocar's third goal of the game.
It was only in the final 10 minutes that Mumbai FC came close on a couple of occasions. First Jayesh Rane's cross from the left only needed a touch to slot it home which Sukore failed to provide. Thereafter Yakubu's piledriver came off the woodwork much to the relief of Karanjit Singh.
With this win, Salgaocar FC go third in the standings despite being level on points with Pune FC. Given that neither team hold an edge over the other in the head-to-head, Pune FC's better goal difference (+7) would mean that they occupy the second position.
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