Sunday, May 15, 2011

United Sikkim's dream ends

KOLKATA: Both the teams which got relegated from the I-League last season have found their way back to the top-tier of Indian football. If it was Shillong Lajong FC who earned their berth on Friday, it was Sporting Clube de Goa's turn on Saturday. The Goa side registered a facile 2-0 win over Royal Wahingdoh in their last match of the final phase of the second division I-League in Shillong to finish second in the points table, behind Lajong with 14 points.

Samananda Singh broke the deadlock for Clube as early as the fourth minute before Eldon Maquemba doubled the scoreline in the 15th minute via a spot-kick.

"We prepared hard for to get the qualification and it has bore fruits. The entire bunch dreamt of being in the I-League. And, we performed well to achieve it," said goal-scorer Maquemba.

Meanwhile, Baichung Bhutia's club United Sikkim FC's dream of qualifying for the I-League in the very first year of entering the second division vanished in thin air as Vasco SC beat them 3-1 on Saturday. Vasco just about missed the berth for I-League as they finished third with 13 points while Sikkim ended their campaign at the fifth spot with 10 points. Vasco were up by two goals by the seventh minute itself as Joy Ferrao headed in a corner in the second minute and then Koko Sakibu scored in the seventh minute. John D Menyongar pulled one back for Sikkim in the 28th minute but Koko made it 3-1 with a goal in the dying minutes of the game.

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