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I-League: United SC win home tie against Sporting Goa to reach top of the table

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29.9.2013: United SC  3-1   Sporting Goa (Kalyani - FT ) --->> SCROLL DOWN 4 ALL
USC : Ranty 24', Biswajit Biswas 86', Eric 90+2'
SCG : Victorino 56'
USC : Sangram, Bello, Dhanachandra, Anupam, Dipak, lalkamal, Rafique, Asif K, Vineeth, Eric, Ranty.
SCG: Ravi Kumar, Mathew, Arturo, Gonzalo, Jovel, Joseph, Pratesh, Rowllin, Dawson, Boima, Victorino.
90+2' : 4 minute added time, Eric scored 3rd for USC with his won skill after getting a ball from outside of SCG box.
86' : Md Rafiq's Sub Biswajit scored the goal.
56' : Got a cross from midfield, Victorino easily past only defender Bello in USC box and scored the equalizer.
24' : Bello passed to Vinith and his then and their gave towards upcoming Rany who made no mistake to score the goal.

JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The United Sports Club of Kolkata are now leading the I league table at the end of the 2nd round.The financial turmoil had effected badly to the United Sports Club and they are still to finalize any financial partner. The United officials are yet to pay the advance to their footballers.

But, it is the initiative of the footballers who has agreed to play and helped the officials to decide to continue the participation of United Sports Club in the main stream of Indian football.

At Kalyani today United edge past the Sporting Clube Of Goa by a margin of 3-1 to register their second victory in the League. Though a equal share in the first session but the United footballers utilized the chances and Ranty Martins gave the lead in the 24th minute of the match. Ranty received a low cross from CK Vineeth and places the ball beating the Sporting Goalkeeper Ravi Kumar. In the first session The United goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee had to save the United citadel in a number of occasions.

The Sporting clube equalized in the 55th minute of the match.A pass from Jowel Martins was placed by Victorino Fernandez beating the United goalkeeper.In the second session Belo Razzak had to rise to the occasion to save a number of Sporting attack.United took the lead in the 86th minute of the match.

A shot from Ranty Martins were partially saved by the Sporting goalkeeper Ravi Kumar and Biswajit Biswas utilized the opportunity to give Elco Brigade the lead.But it was Eric Brown who increased the margin at the dying minutes of the match. A solo run by Eric Brown at the added time. Eric covered a lot of open space and scored the third goal to place United Sports Club to the top of the I league table.

I-League: Pune FC and Shillong Lajong FC play out a goalless draw

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29.9.2013: Shillong Lajong   0-0   Pune FC (SLNG - FT.. )
SLFC : Vinay, Lawma, Passah, Jibon, Robin, Taisuke, Minchol, Milan, Boithang, Uilliams, Glenn.
PFC : Amrinder, Othallo, Anas, Calum, Gurjinder, Mumtaz, Rocha, Arata, Douhou, Nikhil, Meyer.

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC was held to a goalless draw by Shillong Lajong FC in an I-League 2013-14 Round 2 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday. With this draw, both teams continue their unbeaten run in this campaign. Pune FC now have 4 points and are now fourth in the I-League table behind Bengaluru FC and Shillong Lajong on goal difference.

...Coach Mike Snoei made two forced changes to the team that beat Mohammedan Sporting in the opening round, replacing Raul Fabiani (suspension) and Dhanpal Ganesh (injury) with playmaker Douhou Pierre and winger Velington Rocha. Pune FC began the game on the offensive with Douhou, attacker James Meyer and defender Calum Angus, all going wide in the opening ten minutes. At the other end, Lajong's attack revolved around striker Cornel Glenn who too went wide on a couple of occasions.

Two minutes from the half-hour mark, Pune FC created the first close chance of the game. After a long spell of possession, winger Nikhil Kadam found Douhou behind the defence inside the box. However Lajong defender Jibon Singh recovered just in time to clear the danger. The hosts too kept pushing at the other end and had another foreign recruit Brazillian Uilliams Souza go wide on several occasions.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Nikhil's attempt from close range went wide after Rocha who did well to free himself up on the right flank and cross in. Both teams went into the break locked at 0-0. The second half was much of the same as both teams continued to create chances. However both defences were alert to thwart rival attacks.

Midway through the second half, Pune FC survived a couple of close chances. First it was Lajong medio Taisuke Matsugane who headed into the ground but went wide from close range before Pune FC defender Calum blocked an attack clearing Uilliams cutback. Pune FC however pushed ahead in search of the winner and went close in the final ten minutes. After Rocha's dangerous ball into the box was cleared, Pune FC had Nikhil denied a shot after Douhou's brilliant diagonal ball broke into the box only to be cleared. At the other end, Taisuke's diving header went just wide.

In the dying minutes of the game, Pune FC went agonisingly close. Substitute Thongkhosiem Haokip - on for Rocha and making his senior debut - managed a header on goal from Douhou's wide freekick. The header, however, lacked enough power to trouble the hosts' custodian Vinay Singh who did well to hold on.

I-League: Bengaluru FC win their home match against Rangdajied FC, Meghalaya

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29.9.2013: Bengaluru FC   3-0   Rangdajied UFC (BENG - FT )
BFC : John Jonson 32', Rooney 57', Sunil 67'
BFC : Pawan, Keegan, Curtis, Jonson, Vishal, Beikhokhei, Daren, Siam, Jonny, Sunil, Rooney.
RUFC : Sambhu Mistry; Poibang Poshna, Thomas Saikhom, Pratik Chowdhury, Elam Abocha Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Ambilstar Sunn (Sandesh Gadkari 87) Yohei Iwasaki, (Bansharai Sunn 78), Edmar Figueira, Restomwell Khriam, T Lalnunpuia (Laldingngheta 57).
RUFC PRESS RELEASE : Rangdajied United suffered the second straight defeat of their debut I-League campaign on Sunday as they were beaten by Bengaluru FC 3-0 at the Bangalore Football Stadium. John Johnson, Sean Rooney and Sunil Chhetri were the goal scorers for the home side. Rangdajied United coach Santosh Kashyap made four changes to the lineup that started in the 2-0 loss to United SC in the opening weekend as young striker Sandesh Gadkari found himself on the bench while Senegalese defender Lamine Tamba wasn't in the match squad at all.

.. Sambhu Mistry started in goal in place of Surjay Pariyar while Ambilstar Sunn, Thomas Saikhom and T Lalnunpuia got into the team as well. Despite the changes in the team, Rangdajied United failed to make a positive start with their only real effort in the first quarter of the game being a snapshot from Japanese Yohei Iwasaki which went off target.

At the other end Sambhu Mistry was kept busy by the Bengaluru FC attack as the Rangdajied goalkeeper had to make a couple of important saves to preserve his team's clean sheet. The home team also had a goal disallowed as Australian Sean Rooney was adjudged offside despite putting the ball into the back of the net.

Bengaluru FC's pressure eventually paid off as former Middlesbrough defender Johnson headed home Beikhokhei Beingaichho's corner to put the home team in front. Rangdajied tried to respond but were unable to create any clear opportunity for the remainder of the first half. The Shillong club had a golden opportunity to equalise at the start of the second period when Brazilian Edmar Figueira found himself free in the Bengaluru box but his effort was saved by Pawan Kumar.

The visitors had started the second half well but Bengaluru soon doubled their advantage as Rooney slotted home Beingaichho's well-measured low cross much to the delight of the home fans. Coach Kashyap introduced Laldingn Gheta in place of Lalnunpuia as Rangdajied tried to increase the intensity in order to come back into the contest. They enjoyed a decent spell, winning a couple of corners but couldn't test Bengaluru custodian Pawan Kumar.

At the other end, India captain Sunil Chhetri killed the game off by netting the third. The Bengaluru skipper rounded off a fine counter attack to make it 3-0 to the hosts. There was no way back for Rangdajied after that and unfortunately they didn't look like scoring a consolation also. Even the late introductions of Bansharai Sunn and Sandesh Gadkari didnít help matters.

After two difficult away games where most of the players struggled to cope with the humidity of Kolkata and Bangalore, Rangdajied United will enjoy home comforts next week as they host their first-ever I-League match against five-time record Indian champions Dempo.

I-League: Mumbai FC hold Dempo SC 1-1

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29.9.2013: Mumbai FC   1-1   Dempo SC (PUNE - FT )
dem : Jeje 45+2'
MFC : Anwar Ali 86'
MFC : Kunal, Valeriano, Kamaljit, Anwar, Haroon, Climax, Asutosh, Nicholas, Danny, John, Orok.
DEM : Subhasish, Samir, Godwin, Colosimo, Debabrata, Honda, Clifford, Jewel, Billy, Beto, Jeje.

MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC staged a brilliant comeback to hold Dempo SC 1-1 in a Round-2 encounter of I-League 2013-14 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sport Complex, Balewadi, Mhalunge-Balewadi on Sunday. The draw was Mumbai FC's second at home and took their points tally to 2. For the record, the result was the third consecutive draw between both sides in I-League.

. Trailing by a first-half goal scored by Jeje Lalpekhlua (45'+3'), Mumbai FC found their savior in defender Anwar Ali (86thminute) to squash the Goans hopes. Mumbai FC went into the game making one change opting for defender Valeriano Rebello in place of striker Jayesh Rane. Both sides began cautiously and chose their attacks cautiously, with Mumbai FC playing a waiting game.

Five minutes on and Mumbai FC opened up the attack. Skipper Nicholas Rodrigues set up midfielder Climax Lawrence, a former Dempo SC player, inside the box from right. The medio finding space let loose a stinger only to have his shot blocked by defender. Mumbai FC there after suffered a setback when John Coutinho, the hero of Round-1, ending his day with an injury and limped off. John was replaced by Jayesh Rane.

Thereafter, the game was a test for both in the midfield with the Goans marginally dominating proceedings forcing a host of corner-kicks that Mumbai evaded. In the third minute of first-half injury time, Mumbai FC's defence gave way which led to a corner-kick and also earned Amiri a strange yellow card! Off the corner-kick Clifford Miranda floated his effort to the far post which was headed home diagonally by Jeje past a helpless goalkeeper Kunal Sawant.

At half-time Mumbai FC trailed 0-1. Resuming the second half, Mumbai FC changed tactics and pushed up the livewire Haroon Amiri into the attack. The calculated move by Coach Khalid Jamil worked well as Amiri was a thorn in the attack and forced a whole lot of activity upfront.

At the other end, Dempo SC found keeper Kunal a tough nut to crack. In the 50th minute the Mumbai FC custodian denied Billy Mehmet with a goalline save. Nine minutes later, Mumbai FC retaliated . Amiri's solo effort, after beating two Dempo SC players from the left, went over. Past the hour, Amiri almost gave Mumbai FC the lead. A header from front of the goal was saved by keeper after Shinnosuke Honda failed to clear a throw in.

Mumbai FC kept on the pressure and had Orok Essien's effort blocked by Honda from inside the Box. As Mumbai FC pressed for the equalizer, substitute Jayesh missed a sitter. In the 80th minute Amiri did well to cross over from the left which beat the entire Dempo SC defence. Jayesh controlled and with just the keeper upfront slips while taking a shot allowing the keeper to save Dempo.

Meanwhile, Lalrin Chhana Tochhawng (84th minute) made his I-League debut coming on for Ashutosh Mehta. Mumbai FC's hard work paid four minutes before regulation time. A corner kick won on the right, incidentally at the same flag that got Dempo's goal, had Nicholas flat the ball for Anwar head home and he ran in on the overlap. Deep into the five minutes of injury time Mumbai FC's Jayesh deflected shot into keeper.