I-League: Penalty miss denies Shivajians win against Salgaocar FC
Striker Aser Perrick Dipanda muffed up a second half penalty, forcing DSK Shivajians FC to share points with Salgaocar FC after a 1-1 draw in an I-League clash at Tilak Maidan here on Friday .
Baljit Sahni (25th minute) and Darryl Duffy (30th minute) had struck one goal each for their team in the first half but Shivajians were unfortunate that Perrick could not convert a penalty in the second half.
The result propelled DSK Shivajians to the sixth spot in the I-League table with 13 points, while Salgaocar FC, also on 13 points, leaped to the fifth spot, ahead on head-to-head.
The Shivajians started the match on the front foot as they knocked the ball around the park successfully in the opening exchanges. The first real chance for the Pune-based club came in the sixth minute when Juan Quero delivered a ball in the box from the left flank.
Both the teams picked up the pace after that attack, however, it was the visitors who kept possession of the ball for long periods in the center of the pitch. It was not until the 22nd minute that there was another shot on goal. Baljit was sent free by Haroon Amiri s through ball from the right flank, but his powerful shot was blocked by Eder again. Baljit made amends for the miss moments later, in the 25th minute, when he scored the opening goal of the match from six yards out after Amiri went past Gurjinder Singh to find the Baljit with a cut-in pass, handing Shivajians the lead.
The Goa-based club leveled the score within five minutes of going down through a Duffy strike, who got on the end of an exquisite passing move around the box to unleash a powerful shot past Subrata Paul in DSK Shivajians goal. The Pune-based club tried to respond immediately through a Sena Ralte free-kick, which was blasted straight at the opponent goalkeeper from the right flank, but Karanjit was on guard and was able to punch the ball away for a corner. Salgaocar FC retaliated with an effort of their own in the 39th minute, when Duffy, one-on-one with the keeper, took a powerful shot, only for Sandesh Jhingan to slide in at the death and prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net.