The two bottom-placed teams of the I-League 2015 Bharat FC and Salgaocar FC fought out a relegation battle at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Sunday. While the winner would hold on to their place in the first division, the team at the losing end would bow out of the league. A dominant performance by Salgaocar FC saw them hammer their opponents 5-1 and stay alive in the top division of the I-League.
Daryl Duffy and Douhou Pierre scored two goals each and Bikash Jairu scored one goal for Salgaocar while Kris Bright scored the only goal for the visitors. Salgaocar FC outplayed Bharat FC in all departments and the visitors would hold themselves responsible for their lackluster defense.
Jairu and Duffy put Salgaocar FC 2-0 ahead in first half:
Salgaocar FC got off to the best possible start as Daryl Duffy scored the opener in the 3rd minute, he responded well to a lobbed ball from Zakeer and tapped the ball home. Five minutes later, Bikash Jairu followed it up with another brilliant goal. Salgaocar FC had their intentions clear and their forwards were combining well to maintain the pressure on the opposition. The first half ended at 2-0 and Salgaocar FC had done half their job already.
Douhou Pierre gets into the act for Salgaocar FC, Kris Bright pulls one back:
Salgaocar FC came into the second half with similar intensity and continued their barrage of goals on the Bharat FC goal. Just five minutes into the 2nd half, Duffy scored once again found Zakeer’s long ball inside the box and chipped the ball past Omar Jaaron who was charging down on the striker. Midfielder Douhou Pierre came to the party as he added another goal to the scoresheet in the 59th minute. 4 minutes later, Bharat FC were awarded a penalty and Kris Bright made no mistake in scoring from the spot and pulling one back for the Pune team. Pierre wrapped up the night with another goal in the 82nd minute to seal a 5-1 win and jump to the 7th position. Sadly, it might be Bharat FC who will face the axe and be relegated from the top division of the I-League.
Salgaocar FC 5 (Duffy 3′ 50′, Jairu 8′, Pierre 59′ 82′) beat Bharat FC 1 (Bright 63′)