Bhaichung Bhutia’s team ended their sojourn in the top division with a disappointing defeat…
United Sikkim conceded three goals at the Paljor Stadium to Karim Bencherifa’s Mohun Bagan in their final outing in the I-League 2012-13 season. The Snow Lions ended with 15 points from their stipulated quota of 26 games while the visitors finished tenth on the table with 29 points to their credit.
The Mariners made one change to their line-up from the previous match as Snehashish Chakrabarty started in place of Lalrinfela. The home side too brought in Raju Debnath instead of Ashish Chettri in the midfield.
It was Nirmal Chettri who handed his side the lead as early as in the ninth minute. It was indeed a special moment for him to score in his hometown.
Odafa Okolie added to his tally of goals as he coolly dispatched the penalty to seal three points from the tie in the 71st minute.
Substitute Tolgay Ozbey rounded off the proceedings with his goal two minutes from time to make it 3-0.
The north eastern brigade will have to ponder on what went wrong for them this season and hopefully shall put the disappointment behind in order to return to the top division in the 2014-15 season.
Mohun Bagan fans will be pleased to see their side in the top 10 after their survival looked unlikely after having to amass the points all over again in just 15 outings.
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