Mahindra United beat Chirag United 2-0 in I-League

February 1st, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 1 (IANS) Mumbai’s Mahindra United delivered twin blows in the later half to prevail 2-0 over Chirag United in an I-League match here Sunday.Steven Dias and Edeh Chidi found the target for the winners, who now occupy the eighth spot with 15 points from 13 games.

After an unproductive first half, Mahindra went into the lead in the 51st minute as Dias netted a fine free kick from the left of the Chirag box. The power-packed shot went over the wall, dipped before the goal and went in just under the crossbar, giving no chance to goalkeeper Somnath Khanra.

The visitors doubled the lead 20 minutes later, when Chidi got hold of the ball from the midfield, ran a solo, and sped past two defenders before cutting into the box and letting loose a left footer. But Khanra fisted it back, and again brought up a similar save to an Izumi Arata rebound. However, Mahindra were third time lucky, as Chidih directed the ball into the goal with a left footer.

The lacklustre match saw the two rivals play a slow, game before vacant stands at the Salt Lake Stadium.

For Mahindra, Dias and midfielder Douhou Sey d Tierre put up a good show.

On the other hand, none of the Chirag players were impressive, with striker Muritala Ali missing an easy chance.

A minute after the hour mark, veteran medio Sashthi Duley passed on to Muritala inside the box, but the latter failed to connect. Benson Debdas then managed a shot, but Lamine Tamba flung himself onto the ground to save the situation.

Chirag, hovering in the relegation zone, are in the 10th slot with 13 points from as many games.

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