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Goal.com picks an XI from among the best performers in the I-League matches played this midweek.

Week 15 of the Indian I-League witnessed some key games between sides with contrasting aspirations and the contests threw up some fascinating outcomes which threw the formbooks out of the window.

ONGC FC edged out East Bengal 1-0 in a tight contest in the capital. The Red and Gold missed a series of guilt-edged chances in the first half and they were made to pay a very heavy price for their inefficiencies in front of goal when the hosts a struck late on through midfielder Katsumi Yusa. With the result ONGC continue their fine run of form, making it 3 wins out of the last four in the league and are now in 7th place on 16 points. Meanwhile, East Bengal lose more ground in the title race and they remain 3rd on 27 points.

The 0-0 stalemate between Sporting Clube de Goa and Shillong Lajong did neither side any favours as they both remain firmly within the relegation mire.  The hosts were unable to penetrate the away side’s solid looking defence and had to settle for a share of the spoils. The draw sees both sides stuck at the wrong end of the table. While the northeast outfit are in 12th spot with 11 points, the Goans are only two points and two places better off.

Air India drew 1-1 with Salgaocar FC as the Greens came from behind to force a split of the points. Vijith Shetty gave the Airmen an early lead in the fifth minute. But, Francis Fernandes struck just after the half hour mark to restore parity for the visitors. With the point, the Pilots are on 13 points in 9th spot while Salgaocar are in 11th place with the same number of points.

United Sikkim played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Mumbai FC. Yusif Yakubu gave the travellers an early head-start with a goal on 11 minutes. However Nathan Hall’s side hit back almost immediately thanks to two quick-fire goals from Nadong  Bhutia and Lineker Machado. Just as it looked like the hosts would hold out for a vital three points, Yakabu struck late in second half injury time to rescue a point for the visitors. With the result, United Sikkim are second from bottom with 10 points, while Mumbai are in 5th spot with 20 points.

Prayag United defeated Pune FC 2-0 to end their fine run of form. Derrick Pereira’s high-flyers squandered some great chances in the first half and they were made to pay when Lalkamal Bhowmick broke the deadlock midway through the second period with an absolute wonder strike from 25 yards out. With Pune pushing for the equaliser, the hosts wrapped up the points in the 85th minute after Ranti Martins produced a typically composed finish. Following their second win on the bounce Eelco Schattorie’s men are 6th on 20 points. Meanwhile, the Red Lizards are in 2nd place on 28 points, three points behind leaders Churchill Brothers.   

Churchill Brothers SC secured a 3-1 come from behind win against Pailan Arrows to go top of the table. Prathamesh Maulingkar gave Arthur Papas’s side the lead in the 56 minute. But the home team hit back with three goals in 5 minutes after the hour mark to turn the game on its head. First, Henry Antchouet struck twice before Israil Gurung made sure of the points. With the result, the Goan outfit have opened up a three point gap at the top and are on 31 points, while the Arrows are in 8th spot with 14 points from as many outings.

TEAM OF ROUND 15


Sandip Nandy
Churchill Brothers SC



Hassan Odeola
ONGC FC

Bello Rasaq
Prayag United

 

Deepak Mandal
Prayag United


 



Sandeep Sangha

ONGC FC




Lalkamal Bhowmick
Prayag United




Beto
Churchill Brothers SC




Katsumi Yusa
ONGC FC


 

Nima Tamang
United Sikkim

Yusif Yakubu
Mumbai FC

 

Henry Antchouet
Churchill Brothers SC


 

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