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Goal.com revisits all the action from week 19 of the I-League and picks a team from the week’s best performers.

Round 19 of the Indian I-League saw yet more compelling action and while some teams slipped up, others stepped up to the plate to make the most of their opportunities. The results have certainly shifted the balance of power at both ends of the table, with the sides looking to get those all important three points under their belt ahead of the fast approaching mid-season break.

Mohun Bagan beat ONGC FC 3-1 to register their first win since their return to the I-League. Tolgay Ozbey gave the hosts an early lead on 10 minutes. Jewel Raja doubled their advantage just past the hour mark and forward Odafa Okolie made certain of the points in the 72nd minute. Surabuddin Mollick notched up a late consolation goal for the visitors. The result provides a boost to the Mariners’ push for survival. Contrastingly, the Oilmen’s fine run of form comes to an end, but they still enjoy mid-table safety with 21 points from 18 outings.

Sporting Clube de Goa created an upset of sorts with a 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers. The Red Machines were down to 10 men when stopper Dharmaraj Ravanan saw red for a second bookable offence early in the second half. The hosts eventually managed to make the most of their man advantage when Seiya Sugishita scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from time. The Red Machines are now without a win or a goal in two games and have slipped to 2nd spot with 38 points from 17 matches. Meanwhile, Oscar Bruzon’s men make it two wins on the trot and are in 8th place with 20 points.

East Bengal capitalised on the Goans’ slip as they recorded a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Pailan Arrows to go top of the table. Alwyn George gave the Arrows a dream start with a goal in the 2nd minute. However, Trevor’s Morgan’s side hit back instantly through striker Chidi Edeh who restored parity from the penalty spot and Lalrindika Ralte scored what proved to be the winner just past the hour mark. With the crucial win, the Red and Gold are on 39 points, a point ahead of Churchill Brothers, but they have played two games more. On the other hand, their opponents on the day are in 9th place with 19 points from 18 games.

Shillong Lajong secured the spoils in the northeast derby with a 2-1 win over United Sikkim. After dominating for most of the game the hosts found themselves behind thanks to a goal by Lineker Machado in the 67th minute. But, they struck two late goals courtesy substitute PC Lalhlimthara and Japanese midfielder Taisuke Matsugane to grab the points. The result gives the Reds their first win of 2013 and they are in the 10th spot with 19 points from as many games. On the other hand, their local rivals cannot seem to buy a win at the minute and are rooted to the bottom of the table on a meagre 12 points.

Prayag United hammered Air India 4-1 to continue their good recent form. Winger CK Vineeth bagged a memorable hat-trick after goal machine Ranti Martins had opened the scoring on 30 minutes. Elijah Junior scored a consolation from the penalty spot late in the second half, but it could not mask another sorry performance from the Pilots. As a consequence, the Airmen are stranded third from bottom with 15 points from 16 games, while Eelco Schattorie’s side jump to 4th spot with 30 points from 19 outings.

Dempo SC came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Mumbai FC. Goals from Evans Quao and ND Opara in either half gave the visitors a well deserved lead. However, when all seemed lost, the Goans snatched a point thanks to late goals from Peter Carvalho and Koko Sakibo. With the points being split, the hosts’ miss another opportunity to make up ground on the top two and are in 3rd place with 35 points from 18 matches, while Khalid Jamil’s side are in 6th spot with 26 points from the same number of games.

Salgaocar FC trounced 10-man Pune FC 2-0 thanks to a first half brace from midfielder Francis Fernandes. With the win, David Booth’s side have 17 points from 18 games. At the other end, the Red Lizards’ early season winning formula seems to have deserted them and they are in 5th place with 30 points from 17 outings.

TEAM OF ROUND 19


Lalthuammawia Ralte
Shillong Lajong


Abhishek Yadav
Mumbai FC

Angel Berlanga
Sporting Clube de Goa

 

Joyner Lourenco
Sporting Clube de Goa





CK Vineeth

Prayag United




John Wilkinson
Salgaocar FC




Lalkamal Bhowmick
Prayag United




Francis Fernandes
Salgaocar FC



Tolgay Ozbey
Mohun Bagan

Edeh Chidi
East Bengal

 

Odafa Okolie
Mohun Bagan



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