I-League Division-II Round-Up : United Sikkim And Sporting Share The Spoils; Vasco Make Winning Start

The second day of the final round of Division II saw Sporting Clube De Goa draw with United Sikkim FC while Vasco SC edged past Mohammedan Sporting

Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1 United Sikkim FC

In the buildup to the tournament, Alex Alvarez, the coach of Sporting Clube De Goa had said that the six teams that had taken part in the preliminary rounds were at an advantage compared to his club as they had already developed a good match temperament.

However his fears were proved wrong as Sporting settled into the game quicker than their opponents, United Sikkim FC, who were playing with Bhaichung Bhutia partnering NS Manju in central defence.

Sporting made the breakthrough in the 22nd minute as Daniel Bedemi, perhaps a player accustomed to conditions at Shillong having played for Lajong last season, found the back of the net as he headed in from a corner.

However the Flaming Oranje were not able to hold on to the lead for too long and just seven minutes later Beingaichho Beikhokhei equalized for United Sikkim with a simple tap-in from a flag-kick.

The second half saw no further addition to the scoreline as the two teams ended up sharing the points.


Vasco SC 2-1  Mohammedan Sporting Club

In a clash between two fallen giants of Indian Football, 10-man Vasco SC edged past Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1.

Vasco SC caught the Mohammedan rearguard unawares early in the game and slotted in two quickfire goals with Prajot Naik scoring in the fifth minute and within six minutes of that strike, Vasco doubled their advantage through Sachin Gawas.

Mohammedan Sporting improved their performance in the second half and reduced the deficit in the 60th minute when Nigerian Chizoba Christopher found his way through the Vasco defence.

However Vasco, who were reduced to 10 men when Jerose Oliveira received his second yellow card of the game, held on resolutely to come away with all three points.

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