SHILLONG: United Sikkim earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Southern Samity in the 2nd Division League match played at the Polo ground on Sunday.
The win takes United to nine points from five matches while Southern stay on one point from four matches.
Much against the run of play, Edmilson put Southern ahead in the 14th minute - curling in a free-kick past a diving goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar.
John Menyongar, who impressed with his deft touches, set the equaliser for United. In the 40th minute, he initiated a one-two with Man-of-the-Match Beikhokhei, and the latter placed it past rival goalkeeper Binod Malik.
The winner came as late as the 85th minute. Rennedy Singh who came in as a substitute in the 75th minute found Tenzing in the box and John tapped in Tenzing's pass to seal the fate of the match.
United next play Ar-Hima on May 11 while Southern Samity take on Vasco on May 10.
Meanwhile, in the first match of the day, a lucky Vasco Sports Club survived some anxious moments and managed to hold local rivals Ar-Hima to a 1-1 draw here.
Defender Julis Akpele had put Ar-Hima in the lead as early as the 18th minute only for Ar-Hima midfielder Emannuel Inioyoh to equalise in the 75th minute.
The result leaves Vasco on 10 points from 5 matches while Ar-Hima move to 7 points from as many.
In another match, Churchill Brothers showed little mercy to back-benchers HAL as they won 3-0.
Odafa Okolie opened the scoring in the seventh minute only for Bineesh to double the margin five minutes later. Vincent Kayne completed the rout in the 87th minute.
The victory sees Churchill move to 47 points from 24 matches while HAL languish at the bottom place with 20 points from 24 matches.
Elsewhere in Kohlapur, Air India registered a much needed 1-0 win against JCT Phagwara.
Nigerian striker Okorogor Praise scored the all-important goal in the 54th minute. Following this win, Air India now have 24 points from 25 matches while JCT still stay in the relegation zone with 23 points from 23 matches.