Sporting Clube de Goa qualify for I-League
Shillong: Sporting Clube de Goa became the second team to qualify for first division I-League after Lajong FC with a 2-0 win over local side Royal Wahingdoh in the final round of the second division competition.
National team captain Bhaichung Bhutia`s team, United Sikkim missed out on a berth in the top division as they lost 1-2 to Vasco Sports Club in another last round league match of the second division I-League today.
Sporting Clube finished second in the league table with 14 points from seven matches behind leaders Shillong Lajong FC (16 points), who had qualified for the I-League top division on Friday.
Vasco finished third in the eight-team final round with 13 points while Arhima Club and United Sikkim were fourth and fifth with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Sporting Clube needed a win from today`s match against the local side. Samananda Singh headed home Sporting`s first goal in the fourth minute only for Eldon Maquemba to double the lead from the spot in the 15th minute.
In the other match of the day, Vasco were 2-0 up against Sikkim United by the seventh minute with goals through Joy Ferrao who headed in a corner in the second minute and Koko Sakibu.
John D Menyongar pulled one back for United Sikkim, scoring from the spot in the 28th minute.
Incidentally, Sporting Clube de Goa and Shillong Lajong were the two sides relegated from the I-League last year.