Mumbai FC rally to hold 1-1 United SC

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Kolkata, Nov 21 (UNI) Trailing by an early goal from Shankar Oraon of United SC, Mumbai FC rallied brilliantly in the second half to level 1-1 from right footer Riston Rodrigues to notch up a vital point in the ninth round of the Indian League here today.

Striker Oraon, who missed two sitters to deprive his side from a possible win, struck home after snatching a dropped ball from Kalyan Choubey in the 12th minute to give United the lead.

Choubey, who made two brilliant saves, including Muritala Ali's firepower at the fag end, failed to hold a Dharmarajan-twenty yardar, paving Oraon an opportunity to score his second in the championship.

Oraon had scored his first against East Bengal in the opener.

Five minutes later, the visitors were unlucky to get an equaliser when Abel Hammond's header was returned by left back Luise Ebami from goal-line after keeper Gopal Das fumbled in a melee.

The Mumbai outfit, though had a supremacy in quick passes and ball possession over rivals, poor finishing and defensive errors made them hapless.

After three wins in a row, the newcomers Mumbai had not seen victory in last six matches, including two losses- Sporting Clube and Air India.

Rodrigues' equaliser in the 60th minute brought cheers among benchmen and coach David Booth, who was tensed for nearly fifty minutes.

His salvo from some 22 yards was slightly deflected by Bidemi Daniel's left skull to beat Gopal Das, who almost stood like a spectator.

A minute before, Shankar Oraon missed a rosy chance from a cross from Snehasish Chakraborty, who fed his frontliners throughout the play.

Eleven minutes later Oraon shot wide from five yards when Choubey was alone from a Muritala's pass.

Mumbai FC are now placed on sixth position with 13 points and United have garnered nine points, just above the bottomed Vasco's two points.

All of the sides are debutants.

Mumbai FC were victorious in their first visit by defeating Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

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