Mumbai: ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) were forced to drop two points as they ended up playing out a goalless draw with a dogged Mumbai Customs in an Elite Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League, played at the Fr. Agnel ground, Vashi, on Thursday evening.

Despite holding the upper hand, ONGC failed to break through the Customs’ net. The oilmen made a number of forays towards the Customs citadel but missed some easy chances. Lady luck also deserted them as strikers Kailash Patil, Tariq Ahmed and Kalliuddin were unlucky to see their attempts bounce off the goalposts.

ONGC coach Caetano Pinho was pleased with the performance of the team. “We played well to dominate the match. But we missed a couple of chances and the framework also denied us from scoring a goal,” Pinho lamented after the match.

Pinho was not at all satisfied with the match officials. “The standard of refereeing was not up to the mark. The (referee) did not have the courage to assert his authority on the match. I felt that we should have been awarded us at least three penalties,” the coach stated.

A depleted Customs outfit without three regular players played second fiddle but still had their share of chances and came close to snatch a win but squandered a golden opportunity in the dying minutes of the match.

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