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20.02.2014: MUMBAI FC --- 2-1 --- ROYAL WAHINGDOH ( FT...)
ROL : Bekay 14'
MFC : Justine Stephen 50', Md Rafi 74'
MFC : Nidhinlal, Chika, Justin, Jayesh, Allan, Ashutosh, Vashum, Taisuke, Kutty Mani, Josimar, Rafi.
ROL : Prem, Lalramzuala, Reagan, Kima, Loveday, Naoba, Godwin, Seitya, Bekay, Theobald, Kim Song.... REF : OP Thakur.
MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC showed great character and resilience to record a come from behind 2-1 victory against leaders Royal Wahingdoh, Shillong in a Hero I-League match played under floodlights at the Cooperage ground, Friday. Playwin is the official sponsor of Mumbai FC, the lone club from Mumbai participating in this competition.

This was the second successive win for Mumbai FC, who now have 7 points from six games, but stay in 8th place. Mumbai FC had last week defeated fancied Salgaocar SC, Goa by a convincing 3-0 margin. Wahingdoh, who suffered their second defeat in 7 games continue to occupy the top position with 13 points.

The home side were unlucky to fall in arrears by conceding a soft goal in the 14th minute. Against the run of play Wahingdoh striker Bekay Bawar's shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection off a defender and nestled into the left corner with goalkeeper Nidhinlal A.C. going the wrong way. The score remained 1-0 in favour of the visitors at the end of the half.

However, on resumption the local challengers returned with renewed vigour and were totally a transformed lot. Japanese medio Taisuke Matsuge along with young Jayesh Rane and in company of Sampath Kuttimani and Reisangmi Vashum took control of the midfield and created a series of opening into the rival territory and gradually turned things around.

It was only a matter of time before Mumbai FC drew level and six minutes into the second half, they neutralised the lead through Justine Stephen. Following Allan Dias' long throw-in from the left, the Wahingdoh defenders failed to clear the ball away and an alert Stephen pounced on the opportunity to tap home from close to bring cheer to the over 3000 odd supporters who had once again turned up for the match.

Mumbai FC continued to exert pressure of the rival citadel and their efforts were rewarded with a second goal also from a similar situation in the 73rd minute. Another long throw by Dias from the left landed inside the opponents box and once again the defenders delayed in getting ball away and this time Mohammed Rafi seized the chance to slot home from the close to trigger another round of celebrations among the fans.

In the remaining period the visitors tried their best to get the equalising goal but some stout defending and some timely anticipation by goalkeeper Nindhinlal ensured that the Mumbai trooped out worthy winners. "All credit to the boys. They didn't lose the morale despite conceding the advantage by being one goal down and came back strongly to win the match," said a satisfied Jamil.

A charged up Mumbai FC will now travel to Pune to take on Bharat FC on February 27. FULL TIME Mumbai FC beat Royal Wahingdoh 2-1
90':3 minutes of added time
88':Yellow Card to Joshimar
74':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Md. Rafi scored for Mumbai FC
67':Players Change in Royal: Jackichand in place of Godwin
64':Players Change in Mumbai FC: Shivalkar in place of Vasum.
60':Yellow Card to Justin Stephene and Kim
50': GOOOOOOOOOOOOAALL 1-1. Mumbai FC scored through Justin Stephene.
46':Second half resumed
HALF TIME Royal leading 1-0 after the end of first half.
14': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Royal scored goal through Bekay.
3': No score 0-0.
1': Match starts.


MFC PRESS RELEASE : PREVIEW : Mumbai FC having finally struck it rich by scripting a convincing 3-0 win against a formidable Salgaocar SC, Goa in the previous round last week, are determined to carry the winning momentum into Friday’s clash with Royal Wahingdoh, Shillong, which is their the 6th round Hero I-League match to be played under floodlights at the Cooperage ground.

Playwin is the official sponsor of Mumbai FC which is the lone challengers from the city in this national competition. Mumbai FC who are presently in the 8th position with 4 points from 5 games, will once again hope to bank on the home conditions and the support from their legion of fans to secure another win which would boost their points tally.

The cool and level-headed Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil has the belief in his players and is confident that they will produce an encore against the visitors from Meghalaya, who are currently in pole position with 13 points from four wins and a draw in six matches.

Jamil, who was unperturbed by the 3 straight defeats in the opening games, always had the confidence that the team would bounce back and the players have lived up to the expectation of the coach by producing an outstanding performance in the last game. They have to sustain that momentum against promoted outfit Wahingdoh, who have proved to be the team to beat. "We played well and were organised in the last game. But they (Wahingdoh) are a strong team and we have to be more organised and more alert," said Jamil during a media briefing on the eve of the match.

"Wahingdoh are a strong team and on top of the table. They also beat us in the Federation Cup last December so we have to ensure that our concentration levels are high. If we play well then automatically the results will be positive," stated Jamil. When told that Wahingdoh coach Santosh Kashyap had mentioned that his team was the favourites to win the match, Jamil was not prepared to think too much about it. "I can't tell who the favourite is. It will all depend on who does well and gets the best results," he said.

Mumbai FC are likely to retain the same team which won against Salgaocar. However, coach Jamil mentioned that Climax Lawrence may return to starting XI and would take a decision after a training session later in the evening. Jamil will once again rely on Brazilian Josimar in the company of Sampath Kuttimani and Jayesh Rane to deliver the fireworks upfront to put pressure on the visitors defence.

The Mumbai FC midfielders Cletus Paul and Japanese Taisuke Matsugae will have to come up with another sterling performance to create the openings for their men in front. Stoppers Chika Wali and Justine Stephen along with wing backs Ashutosh Mehta and Allan Dias will have a tough job to contain the young rival attackers and thwart them from causing much harm to their citadel.