Mumbai FC came back from two goals down to beat Sporting Clube de Goa 3-2 in a Round 5 encounter of the I-League at the Balewadi Sports Complex here on Friday. They thus registered their first win of the campaign.
Sporting took a two-goal lead inside twenty minutes through Obiora Anorue (13th) and Dawson Fernandes (18th). The home side pulled back two goals through Gabriel Fernandes (26th) and Justin Stephen (45+2nd) to go into the breather on level terms. Mumbai FC skipper Haroon Amiri scored right at the death to send the home fans into a frenzy and celebrate the team’s first points of the season.
Meanwhile, Pune FC returned to winning ways by defeating a spirited Pailan Arrows 2-0. The defeat halted the AIFF developmental outfit’s unbeaten run in the league.
In a dominating display by the visitors, Karma Tsewang gave Pune FC the lead in the 11th minute while Subhas Singh completed the tally in the 47th minute.
The win came for Pune FC after two back-to-back losses against East Bengal and Churchill Brothers as they improved their position with nine points, while Pailan remained on eight points after five matches each.
It was an aggressive display by Pune FC who pressed hard from the start against the promising local youngsters who failed to get their acts together. There were some shots from long range, but those were off target even as Pune FC missed one at the breather when Izumi Arata squandered an excellent move by Japanese recruit Daisuke Nishiguchi.
Mohun Bagan, meanwhile, played out a dull, goalless draw with ONGC at the Nehru Stadium in Delhi while Churchill Brothers beat Salgaocar 2-1 in Goa. With 12 points to their name, Churchill are now on top of the table, two points more than Dempo.