I-League Second Division: Final Round - Match Day 12 Round Up

ONGC have qualified for next season's I-League competition after beating Sesa 2-0 while Mohammedan Sporting are now officially out of contention after being held 1-1 by Malabar United. Both games were played at the KSFA Stadium, Bangalore...

Malabar United 1 – 1 Mohammedan Sporting

Loveday (8’)

1 – 0

 

 

1 – 1

Dewan (57’)

 

Mohammedan Sporting caused a huge upset yesterday when the second division giants were knocked out of contention after being held to a 1-1 draw by Malabar United at the KSFA Stadium, Bangalore.

Malabar United took the lead early on after Enyinnaya Loveday slotted past Mohammedan in the 8th minute. Nilendra Dewan though managed to pull one back for the Kolkata side in the 57th minute.

The game though could have been a lot different had Malabar really taken their chances. They enjoyed a better ball possession and were swift in their attacking plays but their finishing just wasn’t up to the mark. Mohammedan after being a goal down did put up a fight and came close in the 41st minute when Dipendu Biswas’ shot was blocked by Malabar stopper Pramod. Malabar nearly doubled their lead just before half time when Jacken Sebastian’s beautiful right shot hit the woodwork. At half time, Malabar lead 1-0.

The second half began with a much more attacking Mohammedan who within 10 minutes of the re-start equalized when Nilendra headed home a Satyajit Bose cross from the right in the 57th minute. Malabar’s Asif K then squandered a chance to give his side the lead again when his side were awarded a penalty after Amrit Pal Singh was caught handling the ball in the 80th minute. It was down to Asif to get his side 3 points but he only managed to hit the crossbar.   

The game ended at that with the final score at 1-1. Both sides’ table standings remain the same now with Mohammedan on 4th and Malabar United on 5th.

 

 

ONGC 2 – 0 Sesa Football Academy

Babatunde (4’)

1 – 0

 

T. Ahmed (18’)

2 – 0

 

 

ONGC have officially become the first team to secure an I-league berth for the next campaign in this year’s ONGC I-League Second Division after a 2-0 victory over Sesa Football Academy, here at the KSFA Stadium, Bangalore. It will be ONGC’s maiden I-League campaign next season.

ONGC won the game in the first half itself with two well scored goals from in-form strikers Badmus Babatunde and Tarif Ahmed. They now have 16 points from 6 games which has proved sufficient for a spot and now the second berth will be fought out between HAL and Vasco. Vasco will have to win their match against Mohammedan Sporting, while HAL just need a point against Sesa Football Academy.

As for the ONGC game, Babatunde scored early on in the 4th minute to give his side the lead. Five minutes later, Sesa squandered a glorious chance to equalize after Ignacio Colaco’s right footer sailed over the crossbar. Tarif Ahmed though silenced the Goan’s in the 18th minute after he scored a spectacular goal, dodging past two defenders to bang it past Sesa’s Jason D’Mello to give ONGC a 2-0 lead.

ONGC managed to successfully hang on to this two goal lead till the final whistle to have their names engraved in golden letters in the history of Indian football.

 

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