The I-League second division side gave a good account of themselves in their final group tie...Eagles FC ended their Federation Cup sojourn on a high as they registered a 2-0 win over United Sports Club at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi. Koko Sakibo was the star man as he scored a brace (12th and 86th) to help his side take full points.
Eelco Schattorie made as many as seven changes and his line-up was devoid of any forein player with Eric Brown on the bench while Ranti Martins being unavailable to due to a back injury suffered in the last game against Pune FC.
Eagles FC coach Stanley Rozario was without the services of the suspended Charles Dzisah as Sudheesh Muttah replaced the Nigerian besides three other changes in the starting eleven.
Mohammed Rafique, who got his first start in the tournament, saw his shot go wide from outside the six yard box in the sixth minute before United SC went down by a goal in the 12th minute.
Koko Sakibo broke the off-side trap to pick a long lob before the Nigerian sidestepped goalkeeper Jayanta Paul and shot into the open goal to score his third goal in the tournament.
Winger Rajinder Kumar forced the first save from Eagles goalkeeper Jagroop Singh in the 26th minute and should have done much better to get his shot on target from a very good position from inside the box three minutes later.
United SC striker Baldeep Singh's shot was palmed away by Jagroop in the last chance of the first half in the 36th minute as Rozario's men go into the break leading by a goal.
After the change of ends, the first chance befell United SC. Baldeep put down a sitter as he sent his shot wide from inside the box after receiving a good cross by left back Dhanachandra Singh in the 63rd minute.
In the 67th minute, Sakibo released substitute Sujil NS, but Jayanta Paul came out in time to block the shot on target.
In the 86th minute, Sakibo scored his second of the game as he chipped over Jayanta Paul to give his team a 2-0 lead which remained unchanged until the final whistle.
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