Goal I-League 2012-13 Special: Top 3 Goalkeepers

As the I-League has come to a close with Churchill Brothers sealing the title, Goal takes a look at the top shot stoppers in front of the sticks, this season...

Another season of the I-League is done and dusted with, and Churchill Brothers managed to clinch the title in the penultimate round this season. The Goans won their second I-League football title by playing out a 1-1 draw against Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan.

Although there have been plenty of high scoring matches in this season's I-League yet some teams have come up with fantastic defensive displays especially East Bengal's remarkable run of 10 games where they conceded only a solitary goal.

Goal looks at the Top 3 Goalkeepers in the I-League this season who have really garnered all the praise for their eye catching displays this season, keeping their team in contention even after the last citadel had been breached.

The names are arranged alphabetically.

 Karanjit Singh | Salgaocar FC

Although last year's meanest defense was breached a couple of times more this season as Salgaocar had conceded 29 goals, being only fourth on the chart of least goals conceded. However Karanjit can still come out of the campaign with his head held high as he had a tremendous season under the sticks. Even when his central defense might not have been on the top of their game, Singh has time and again saved the day for Salgaocar.

With Subrata Paul being deemed second choice at Prayag United, it was high time for Karanjit to realistically stake his claim to be India's No. 1 and with his recent showings, he has certainly brought himself into the contention and how so.

 Rehnesh TP | ONGC FC

ONGC has been banned from participating in next year's I-League but through no fault of their goalie Rehnesh who has been a collosal figure between the posts for the Oilmen. The 20 year old who was only an understudy to the faltering Prasenjit Ghosh during the reign of Subrata Bhattacharya, became first choice as coach Santosh Kashyap took over midway into the season. Quite often being the difference between losing and getting a point for his team, Rehnesh did not disappoint as he became the No. 1 custodian and succeeded in driving his team forward from being potential relegation candidates to a respectable 9th placed finish on the table, including going 8 matches unbeaten after Kashyap had taken over.

 Sandip Nandy | Churchill Brothers

The veteran 38 year old who had left East Bengal last season to seek a new challenge could not have asked for anything better as he won the league with Churchill Brothers in his very first year for the Goans. While he was heavily criticized for his early season form as he let in three goals at Fatorda for the Red Machines to suffer a humiliating 3-0 defeat against his former side, he hit back at his critics in style by pulling off important saves so that his team had ended up winning the Championship while only letting in 22 goals in 26 matches.

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