I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Salgaocar beat Mumbai FC 3-1 at home.

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28.03.2015 : SALGAOCAR SC -- 3-1 -- MUMBAI FC ( FT..)
SAL : Jaison Vales 5', Bikas Jairu 45+2, Rocus Lamare 65'
MFC : Milagres Gonsalves 90+3'
SAL : Subrata, Augustin, Kasonde, Vales, Nicolau, Gilbert, Douhou, Rocus, Zakeer, Bikash, Brian.
MFC : Kunal, Chika, Justin, Asutosh, Mohanraj, Taisuke, Rahul, Allan, Josimar, Rafi, Paresh.

MFC PRESS RELEASE : Despite giving it their best shot, Mumbai FC were unfortunate to conceded a couple of soft goals which resulted in their 1-3 loss to Salgaocar SC, Goa in a 10th round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao on Saturday. Playwin is the official sponsor of Mumbai FC.

Jaison Vales and Bikash Jairu were lucky to find the target from rebounds in the first half and Rocus Lamare scored from a penalty for the hosts. Mumbai FC got their lone goal through Milagres Gonsalves late in the match. The defeated ended the Mumbai club's six games unbeaten run. Mumbai FC with 12 points have moved a rung down to 7th position in the 11-team table. Salgaocar, who were beaten 3-0 by the Mumbai side in away match, now tally 14 points and have climbed to the 4th position.

The Goans grabbed the first opportunity that came their way to forge ahead when Jairu's shot took a wicked deflection off defender Rahul Bheke and landed at the feet of Vales who slotted home past goalkeeper Kunal Sawant who started in place of Nidhinlal A.C. in the Mumbai goal. Mumbai FC took that setback in their stride and fought on gamely. They created a couple of chances and in the 18th minute Bheke with a measured cross found ace striker Josimar Da Silva unmarked in the centre. But Josimar's header was collected by Salgaocar goalkeeper Subrata Paul to deny Mumbai FC the equaliser.

Mumbai FC were once again caught on the wrong foot when Sawant did well to stop a shot from Vales. But to his dismay the rebound went back to Vales who then chipped it across for Jairu whose header went in despite goalkeeper Sawant's valiant effort in the second minute of first half additional period. The Khalid Jamil coached Mumbai FC outfit showed plenty of fighting spirit and went all out in search of goals in the second period and came close in the 59th minute. But Mohammed Rafi’s snap attempt had goalkeeper Paul completely beaten but the ball struck the upright much to the dismay of the Mumbai FC players.

Salgaocar third goal came from a penalty, which was awarded after the ball struck the hand of defender Allan Dias inside the box. Lamare stepped up and sent Sawant the wrong way to make it 3-0 to the home team in the 64th minute. For all the hard work, Mumbai FC finally found the net in the third minute of injury time as substitute Milagres Gonsalves dived in at the far post to nod home Rafi's cross from the left.

FULL TIME Salgaocar beat Mumbai FC 3-1
90'+3': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Milagres reduced one goal for Mumbai FC
65': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Skipper Rocus Lamare scored 3rd goal of Salgaocar from Spot kick.
HALF TIME Salgaocar leading 2-0 after the end of first half
45+2': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Bikash Jairu scored 2nd goal of Salgaocar.
5': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Jaison Vales scored for Salgaocar.

Salgaocar FC will look for maximum points when they take on Mumbai FC in a Round 10 clash of the Hero I-League at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda tomorrow. The Greens are currently placed 7th in the table with 11 points whilst their opponents are ranked a place higher on 6th having accumulated 12 points. The Mumbai based outfit got the better of the Greens in the first leg played at the refurbished Cooperage stadium and Salgaocar will be keen to ensure they reverse the outcome at home.

Injuries have been the Greens' biggest enemy this season with as many as 5 key players missing the last encounter against Bengaluru FC, in which the youngsters who took on the mantle did admirably to ward off a full strength Bengaluru side until the final 10 minutes, a late Robin Singh goal sealing the game in favour of the Blues.

'We have been defending very well as we've shown in the last couple of games and playing good football all round. Unfortunately though, we haven't found the back of the net as often as we’d like to and that has cost us dear', remarked Derrick Pereira. 'This is the best side Mumbai FC have had in a while, they are physically strong side. But we have prepared ourselves well and will look to stick to the basics', he further added.

The gaffer however, will be buoyed by the return of Indian International Augustin Fernandes and Zambian Francis Kasonde at the heart of defense, both having missed the last game through suspension and injury respectively. Striker Darryl Duffy has also resumed training earlier in the week and is likely to be included in the final 18. Saran Singh who was introduced in the latter stages of the last game after a lengthy lay-off through injury is also fully fit and is likely to feature. Left-back Gurjinder Kumar however will miss the game through suspension.

Mumbai on the other hand have recovered well after a poor start to the campaign. Brazilian striker Josimar has been in fine form having found the back of the net 5 times this season in 8 games and returns for the clash tomorrow. Mumbai FC will however miss the services of midfielder Sampath Kuttymani through suspension. 'Salgaocar are a good side and we expect a tough game tomorrow. We will play positive football and hope for a good outcome', remarked the Mumbai gaffer.

The Greens have 4 away games in the next 5 rounds as they take on Mohun Bagan, Pune FC, East Bengal and Shillong Lajong, two games on either side of a home game to Sporting Clube de Goa and will know the importance of 3 points tomorrow if they are to stand a realistic chance of a top 3 finish this season as the league reaches the half way stage.