The first stage of the I-League second division came to an end on Sunday with TRAU FC, Real Kashmir and Ozone FC sealing their progress into the final round of the competition that starts on May 21.
Two out of the eight final round of group games scheduled on Sunday had to be called off due to unfavourable weather conditions. A sandstorm in Delhi caused the matches - Delhi United vs Hindustan FC and Delhi Dynamos vs Lonestar Kashmir - to be called off. The match between Hindustan and Delhi United will be played on Monday at 9:30 AM IST.
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Real Kashmir defeated Pune City Reserves 1-0 to seal qualification to the final stage of the league. Kouassi Yao scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute to help his team edge past the ISL side's reserve team. The Kashmir-based club could still lose the top spot if Hindustan win their final group A game but they will then qualify as the best second-placed team.
The other two games of Group A had to be called off due to poor weather conditions. Delhi Dynamos were leading 3-0 in the first-half when the storm kicked in and played spoilsport. While Hindustan FC and Delhi United will play their match on Monday (May 14), the date for the other fixture has not been decided yet.
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Ozone FC and Kerala FC were tied on 19 points each after 9 games going into Sunday's fixtures. Bengaluru-based Ozone lost 1-0 to Kerala Blasters at their home ground.
Suraj Rawat's 51st-minute strike helped Kerala Blasters become the only ISL side to top their group in the I-League second division. Being the best-placed non-ISL team (having a better head-to-head record over FC Kerala), Ozone FC qualified for the next round despite the narrow defeat.
FC Kerala spurned the chance to go top of the table with a 2-4 loss to Fateh Hyderabad. Abhijith EM and Jithin MS scored in the first-half for FC Kerala but a second-half fightback saw Fateh Hyderabad secure all three points. Hitova Ayemi scored a brace, Imran Khan and Larinfela completed the terrific comeback for Fateh Hyderabad.
The result leaves FC Kerala depending on Hindustan's result for qualification. The Kerala-based team will qualify as the best second-placed team if Hindustan lose to Delhi United.
Madhya Bharat ended their disastrous second division campaign with a 0-2 defeat to FC Goa Reserves. Skipper Liston Colaco and injury-time substitute Lalwampuia scored Goa's goals as Madhya Bharat ended their campaign with zero points from 10 games.
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TRAU FC had already confirmed their progress into the next round but they finished their Group C games in style with a 3-1 win over Langsning FC. Ngangbam Naocha's brace followed by Reisangmei Vashum's goal at the hour-mark put TRAU in the lead. Langsning scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute through Kitboklang Pale.
Bengaluru FC Reserves went down 0-1 to Mohammedan SC to record just their second defeat of the second-division campaign. Dipendu Dowary netted the only goal of the game in the 70th minute as the Blues 'B' ended second in Group C behind TRAU FC.