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I-League Round 19: First goal of Ranti in Rangdajied jersey to beat League leader Bengaluru FC.

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01.03.2014: Rangdajied UFC   3-2   Bengaluru FC (FT)
RUFC: Rehenesh, Tamba, Gouramangi Lyngdoh, Martins, Lalnunpuia, Dias, Tomba, Kim, Munmun, Khriam, BEN : Pawan, Osano, Johnson, Jonny, Thoi, Rino, Beikhokhei, Fanai, Chhetri, Rooney, Robin.

FULL TIME Rangdajied United 3-2 Bengaluru FC .
76': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL Ranti scores after Pawan brilliantly saves Kim's header. First goal of Ranti Marting in Rangdajied Jersey
61':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Another goal within a minute by birthday boy Rooney. Score now 2-2
60':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Sunil Chhetri reduces the margin for Bengaluru FC
55': Still Rangdajied is leading 2-0.
31' GOAL!!!! Rangdajied 2-0 up against table toppers Bengaluru!!! Scorer - Lalnunpuia.
30': Still Rangdajied is leading 1-0.
15':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Steven Dias advances Rangdajied. Brilliant shot ouyside the box finds the net
12': No score. 0-0.
10':Chhetri's shot, deflected by post


Rangdajied United staved off a brilliant second half resurrection from Bengaluru FC, beating the League leaders 3-2 in a high-voltage game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Shillong, on Saturday.

Both teams came into the game with much at stake - Rangdajied needing the win to keep their head above the water at the bottom and Bengaluru FC wanting a similar result to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 6 points. But it was the hosts who came out trumps.

In a strategic move, Ashley Westwood started with the same forward line that played Mumbai FC while skipper Sunil Chhetri, back from suspension, was drafted in midfield for Siam Hanghal. But Bengaluru weren't handed any time to settle when Steven Dias scored a peach of a goal in the 16th minute. With the ball at his feet and no defender on him, Dias swung one from the outside of the boot that found its way past Pawan Kumar in the left corner.

Dias, Rangdajied's new signing, was soon involved in his team's second when, after exchanging a delightful 1-2 with Ranti Martins on the right, he swung in a cross that Lalnunpuia headed past Kumar.

Whatever Westwood put the team through in the dressing room at halftime, seemed to work on the hour mark. In two minutes of madness, Chhetri and birthday boy Sean Rooney scored delightful goals to silence the home support. With bodies crowding Robin in the Rangdajied box, the striker teed up Chhetri who moved to the side and placed home neatly. Just a minute later, Robin flicked the ball to Rooney who smashed home first time from the right as the comeback gained momentum.

Bengaluru found their feet and looked more organized but even Rangdajied were up to the task. The seesaw contest swung Rangdajied's way when, in the 76th minute, Ranti Martins scored against the run of play. Eugenson Lyngdoh sent in a cross from the left and Pawan Kumar did well to get his fingers to Kim Yong's header. Unfortunately for the 'keeper, the ball fell to Martins who pushed home under Pawan from a yard out.

Bengaluru pressed hard for an equalizer but Rangdajied saw off the drama with some resolute defending.

'A draw would have been a fair result given the way we came back but that's football. Their first goal looked like an intended cross while second was a defensive lapse from our end. We had them on the roped in the second half but credit to Rangdajied for playing the way they did,' said Westwood after the game. The loss leaves Bengaluru FC on 31 points from 17 games while Rangdajied are on 15 points along with Churchill.

I-League Round 19: Maha-Derby: Pune FC held to a goalless draw by Mumbai FC.

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PUNE FC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC missed several chances as they were held to a goalless draw by arch-rivals Mumbai FC in an I-League Round-19 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune on Saturday. The season's second Maha-Derby was once again marred by numerous time wasting tactics employed by hosts Mumbai FC. Pune FC however, created the best chances of the match, but failed to kill off their opponents.

The draw also meant Pune FC wasted the opportunity to go top of the table with their closest rivals dropping points and now stay second with 29 points behind Bengaluru FC (31 pts). The game was a physical battle between the two sides with several players being booked throughout the ninety minutes.

Coach Mike Snoei made one change to the team handing a start to medio Fanai Lalrempuia in place of the injured Riga Mustapha as new-signing Mirjan Pavlovic started on the bench. After a hard fought opening quarter, Pune FC went close in the 15th minute. Playmaker Douhou Pierre found Gabriel Fernandes down the middle with a through ball. The winger turned and created space, but saw his grounder go wide.

Minutes later, Gabriel once again went close but his powerful attempt went inches wide at the first post on the right. At the other end, Mohammed Rafi capitalised on a poor clearance by Pune FC custodian Amrinder Singh and volleyed from 25-yards out. However, Amrinder made up for the initial mistake with a brilliant save palming the ball over.

Eight minutes later, Amrinder was once again in action blocking defender Ebi Sukore's attempt from the left at the first post.At the other end, Pune FC went close when winger Anthony D'Souza controlled right-back Srikanth Ramu's cross into the box. However, the winger's attempt was blocked inside the six-yard box.

Despite various attempts, both sides failed to take the lead as the half ended goalless.The second half was a similar story as Pune FC continued to push ahead but Mumbai FC preferred to defend deep.Two minutes in, Anthony went on a brilliant solo down the left before cutting back for striker Thongkhosiem Haokip whose attempt on the run went wide.

Thereafter, the hosts started hosts started employing time wasting tactics disappointing the fans at the stadium. Mumbai FC defender Khelemba Meitei was even booked while being substituted for wasting a lot of time as he stopped on the ground to remove his shin pads.

Ten minutes into the half, Pune FC created the best chance of the match. Defender Salam Ranjan Singh's header off Calum Angus’ corner kick from the right was cleared off the line. The rebound fell for medio Dhanpal Ganesh inside the box, but his effort agonisingly came off the woodwork.

Couple minutes after the hour mark, Coach Mike Snoei brought in striker Pavlovic in place of Haokip as Pune FC continued to push for a goal.However, the hosts played the remainder of the game hoping for a draw with a lot of playacting leaving the Pune FC Coach fuming. Medio Ahmad Hatifie particularly went down numerous times in the final quarter of the game.

Pune FC desperately tried pushing up for a goal but the game remained goalless.Man of the Match: Fanai Lalrempuia (Pune FC)