Press Releases2011Feb 14, 2011
Mumbai FC beat Air India at I-League
Striker Henry Ezeh's goal helped Mumbai FC win the local derby match 1-0 against Air India in the round 14 tie of the I-league at the Sahu Maharaj ground Kolhapur on Sunday. Mumbai FC struck early on in the 6th minute of the game with Ezeh finding the back of the net after getting a pass from S Kutty Mani from the right flank. Mumbai FC managed the first double of the season as they had earlier beaten Air India in the 1st round.
It was the start of the second phase and a very important game for both the teams to get back to winning ways. Both the teams attacked form the word go. Mumbai FC got the early breakthrough in the 6th minute as a neatly crafted move from the right saw Mumbai FC scoring one of the best goals of the season. The Final ball came from the gifted right foot of winger S Kutty Mani, which was received well in the box and slotted past the Air India custodian by Ezeh Henry.
Henry scored the 3rd of the season and gave Mumbai FC all three. An early lead meant that Air India had to play catch up throughout the game and that's how it was till the final whistle.
While after a 1-0 lead at half time it was Mumbai FC defenders who did a pretty good job of keeping the airmen strikers at bay in the second half. Mumbai FC's midfielder Dane Pereira and their striker Th. Bungo Singh did come close to increasing the lead in the second half but were not successful in their attempts.
"I think that Air India also played very well as they were constantly putting pressure on us. But then the chances that came their way they were unable to capitalize on them. I am happy that we are inching closer to the league leaders and with this win we have 24 points are placed fifth and stay in the top half of the points table," added Picardo.
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