Mahindra United end pro football stint on winning note
Mumbai: Mahindra United bowed out of professional football in style by defeating JCT 2-1 in their concluding I-League encounter at the Cooperage ground.
First half goals from medio Sukhwinder Singh (33rd minute) and winger Paresh Shivalkar (43rd) gave the Mumbai outfit, which has been disbanded at the end of their league engagements by its management, a 2-0 advantage at half time.
JCT tried to come back into the contest with an early strike in the second half (48th minute) through Henry Ezeh but Mahindra players showed sufficient enthusiasm to keep them at bay in the remainder of the match.
The victory boosted Mahindra to the third place in the league standings with 41 points and they would remain there if Churchill Brothers of Goa are unable to take a point from their concluding tie tomorrow against Mumbai`s Air India.
JCT were fifth in the standings at the end of the match with 32 points which can change depending on the results of other last round matches tomorrow.
Mahindra and JCT took a long time to get into the groove under the hot and sultry conditions.
The local outfit jumped into a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute when Sukhwinder`s left-footer landed at the far corner of the net off a pass from Shivalkar.