Mumbai: ONGC did not have it easy and had to work hard as they managed to produce two goals in the second period to overcome a spirited Central Bank (CB) of India 2-0 in an Elite Division match of the MDFA Leagues 2018-2019 and played at the Cooperage ground on Friday morning.
The Central Bank outfit consisting of talented youngsters produced a strong fighting display and managed to match their superior opponents and the first half finished goalless. However, after changing ends, the defending champions ONGC broke the Central Bank resistance when their attacking midfielder Arif Shaikh beat the rival goalkeeper Ummed Nat in the second minute of the second half. ONGC struck once again when their consistent striker Sunil Lohar found the mark in the 87th minute to seal their win.
In another match, former champions Air India soared to a 5-1 win against Central Railway. Air India striker Allan Dias netted a fine hat-trick while seasoned Santosh Koli and Scott D’’Souza netted one each for the airmen. Central Railway pulled one back through Chetan Waghela.
At the Mumbai Football Arena, Millat FC scored at the death through Rayyan Shaikh in the second minute of additional period to snatch a 3-3 draw with U. Mumba FC in another Elite Division encounter. Karan Kapoor struck a brace of goals and Mayur Surve got one for U Mumba, while Millat FC scored the other two goals through Somesh Thakur and Aniket Shipe.
Results – Elite Div: ONGC 2 (Arif Shaikh 47, Sunil Lohar 87) beat Central Bank of India 0.
Air India 5 (Allan Dias 3, Scott D’Souza, Santosh Koli) beat Central Railway 1 (Chetan Waghela).
U. Mumbai FC 3 (Karan Kapoor 2, Mayur Surve) drew with Millat FC 3 (Somesh Thakur, Aniket Shipe, Rayyan Sheikh).
Family Football Cup starts from today
Kids will have an opportunity to play alongside their parents as the second edition of the Family Football Cup is scheduled to kick-off at the Western Railway Sports Ground, Lower Parel on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament is a 5-a-side event, where the parents get to dawn their role of a protector, provider and saviour on the football field as the team’s goalkeeper.
Each team will comprise of 5 players – 4 children + 1 parent (goalkeeper). The tournament features 3 categories, Girls Under 12, Boys Under 12 and Boys Under 10. The tournament is organised in association with the Mumbai City Football Club.
GM chess: Chanda keeps the lead
Indian GM Sandipan Chanda (ELO 2555) tamed Bangladesh GM Rahman Ziaur (2468) in a fifth round match of the EKA IIFWL Investment Mangers 4th Mumbai International GM Chess Tournament on Friday. Playing on the top board, the fourth ranked Chanda, playing with white pieces, easily outshone his 44-year-old Bangladeshi rival by coasting to victory in just 22 moves to collect the full point and retain the pole position.
Meanwhile, in a contest between two young Indian challengers from Tamil Nadu, 20-year-old IM Visakh N R (2491) halted the winning streak of 15-year-old Balasubramaniam H (2270) by scoring a win with the black pieces in 53 moves on the third board. Chanda, with 4.5 points, stays atop the standings. Vietnam’s GM Tran Tuan Minh (2524), who defeated Indias IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (2437) on the second board, and Visakh, both with the same number of 4.5 points each, follow in second and third place, respectively.