The Goan side will rue their missed opportunity to close the gap at the top as they were downed by the north eastern outfit...Rangdajied United came-back to down Salgaocar FC 2-1 at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Saturday evening in a round 23 I-League encounter. Francis Fernandes scored for the home side in the 83rd minute which was soon cancelled out by Ranti Martins three minutes later. Martins scored the winner in the final minute of regulation time to win three crucial points for his side.
Had Salgaocar won their game, they would have closed the gap at the top to a point. However they still trail Bengaluru FC by four points now. Meanwhile Rangdajied United now have 24 points from 21 matches.
Bikash Jairu was benched in favour of Caitano Costa by Salgaocar while Surjay Pariyar and Sandesh Gadkari replaced Rehenesh TP and Kim Yong for the visitors.
Dudu Omagbemi almost through in the ninth minute, after Darryl Duffy had headed on Chika Wali's long ball, but Gouramangi Moirangthem stood his ground firmly.
On the other side, Gadkari completely mistimed his shot in the Salgaocar box after a good cross by Steven Dias from the right was headed down for him in the 16th minute.
Clifton Dias' shot from the left came off the woodwork after the Salgaocar midfielder was played on by Duffy. He had another bite of the cherry but sent his shot on the rebound wide.
What immediately followed was Gadkari's header off a Steven Dias cross being denied by the upright.
Rangdajied should have taken the lead but for Karanjit Singh's brilliance between the sticks as he palmed Ranti Martins' effort and Dias shot the rebound over the bar.
Duffy, who had only the goalkeeper to beat sent his shot straight into the hands of Pariyar after being set-up in the box by Gilbert Oliveira.
Four minutes after the break as Augustin Fernandes effected a goal-line clearance to deny Lynghdoh from putting the Shillong-based side in the lead.In the 79th minute, Foschini chose to toe-poke his shot instead of passing it for Duffy or Jairu as his shot was easily collected by Pariyar.
The deadlock was broken seven minutes from time by Francis Fernandes as his left footed volley from outside the box found the back of the net. This was after Martins had cleared a Jairu corner but the ball went as far as Fernandes.
However the lead was to last for just three minutes as Martins tapped in from a Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s corner-kick which stunned the home crowd.
Martins scored the winner in the 90th minute from a David Nghaite cross as he headed it home comfortably.
Salgaocar didn't have much time to muster another chance as the referee blew the final whistle.
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