Customs score impressive  victory over State Police

Companeroes striker Reed Santos (R) dribbles past a Central Railway defender during their MDFA Elite Division League match. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Mumbai: Mumbai Customs came up with a standout performance to hand Maharashtra State Police a 3-1 defeat in an Elite Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League, played at the Goan Sports Association ground, Cross Maidan, on Thursday evening.

Customs score impressive  victory over State Police

The excise outfit showed excellent understanding and coordination to take control of the proceedings. Customs drew first blood in the 20th minute through Mathias Coutinho’s effort and six minutes later added the second when Sagar Bedekar’s shot went in off goalkeeper Moshin Khan’s hand.

The spirited policemen fought on gamely and managed to reduce the deficit fired home with a firm volley from the edge of the area in the 69th minute. But Customs made sure of their win as Sajjad Alam struck an insurance third goal in the 85th minute.

Earlier, Central Railway were lucky to snatch a point as they held Companeroes Sports Club to a 1-1 draw. Jardin Braganza converted a penalty for Companeroes in the 19th minute before Central Railway got the equaliser through Rashid Shaikh’s goal in the 64th minute.

Referee Siddharth Gade also did Central a big favour by not sending off goalkeeper Pradeep Kumar for an infringement in the 76th minute. Kumar left his area and with his hands blocked Reed Santos’ lobbed attempt, but the referee surprisingly failed to show him the red card. He only flashed the yellow card at the offending player and awarded Companeroes a free-kick.

Central Railway were clearly out of sorts and were more on the defensive as compared to their opponents who created the better chances.

Results:
At Goan Sports Association ground, Cross Maidan – Elite Div: Companeroes SC 1 (Jardin Braganza 19th min – pen) drew with Central Railway 1 (Rashid Shaikh 64th).
Mumbai Customs 3 (Mathias Coutinho 20th, Sagar Bedekar 26th, Sajjad Alam 85th) beat MS Police 1 (Vishal Chagule 69th).

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