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Feb 17, 2015
Mumbai FC THRASH Salgaocar to mark first I-League victory of the season!

Coach Khalid Jamil had stressed on the need for Mumbai FC to score early if they hoped to upset a confident Salgaocar FC and his strike force did exactly that, scoring twice in the first half to have their rivals reeling. With Mumbai FC's defence doing admirably well to withstand the pressure from Salgaocar's attacking forwards in the 2nd half, hardworking midfielder Jayesh Rane then scored on a quick breakaway with a minute to go to completely decimate the opposition 3-0 and register their first win in the I League, playing under lights at the Cooperage Football Stadium on Friday.

Goals by Sampath Kuttymani and Brazilian import Josimar Da Silva Martins in the 6th and 26th minute gave the home fans, numbering around 3000, plenty of reason to cheer. The good showing continued, with the midfield, marshaled by Japanese import Taisuke Matsugae, Jayesh Rane and Reisangmi Vashum dominating proceedings and hardly allowing balls to come through to the Salgaocar forwards Darryl Duffy and Pierre Douhou.

The defence also rallied behind the midfield and it was a determined performance in the second half from defenders Justin Stephen, Chika Wali, Ashutosh Mehta and Allan Dias that helped keep Salgaocar at bay as they piled on the pressure, looking to reduce the margin.

Kuttymani put the home side ahead in the 6th minute, his on the run volley from the left after being set up by Taisuke, giving Salgaocar keeper Subrata Paul no chance. The pressure kept building on the Salgaocar half and Josimar then showed why he is such a highly rated striker, when he leapt high to head down powerfully a cross by Jayesh Rane on the right. It was Ashutosh Mehta who intercepted just inside the Salgaocar half and made a confident run at the defence before slipping the ball to Rane. The measured cross beat the defence and found Josimar, who made no mistake with his header.

Mumbai FC goalkeeper Nidhin Lal also did well to keep out a couple of good attempts from Clifton Dias and then dived to his left to palm away a well struck free kick by Gurjinder Kumar.

Salgaocar coach Derrick Pereira felt his team just did not adjust to the conditions and the pace of the match in the first half, which led to them conceding two goals. "A lapse in concentration from Clifton let Taisuke through and it was great strike from Kuttymani. The second goal was also a well-planned move. It's very difficult to get back against a team like Mumbai FC, once they start dominating," admitted Pereira.

On the second half, the coach said that their plan was to apply all out pressure and try to reduce the margin, but it was just not their day. "We came close on a couple of occasions and the goalkeeper made some good saves, but that is football," signed off Pereira.

Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil, who could hardly control himself after Rane slotted the third goal and even bent low to kiss the turf, admitted that he was overjoyed and lost a bit of his control because this win, after 4 matches, was sorely needed. "Full credit to my players, who worked extremely hard for this win," said Jamil. He did not single out any player, but said that his team was starting to believe in themselves and playing together as a unit. He signed off with a word of caution, hoping "His players would keep their heads as there were still a lot of matches to be played."

Mumbai FC await Royal Wahingdoh at home, while Salgaocar will travel to Pune to take on Kalyani Bharat.

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