Calling the DSA super league encounter on Wednsday between the out-of-race Royal Rangers and City FC a dead rubber would be erroneous. The thin attendance at the Ambedkar stadium was treated to some foolish and intelligent football simultaneously,even as the match finished in a 2-2 scoreline.
Citys defenders David Mitei,Angom Singh and Sohrab Khan finally paid for inviting rival strikers inside the danger area as early as in the 10th minute when DeepakMehras left-footer from the centre of the box wrapped into the net. Before Citys equaliser in the second half,there were two marching orders Citys Arup Dutta and Rangers Sonam for indulging in a mid-pitch violence after the referee failed to settle them.
As far as settling the scores in the field was concerned,Citys Rakesh Kanojia put his opponents in the lead by innocuously deflecting the ball into the net. As Citys defenders kept allowing Tenzing Tsering and Emmanuel free space,both failed to capitalise. But Citys otherwise reluctant-looking forward line except for Nasim Hashmi,made sure the spoils were sharedwith the ball,courtesy Hashmis last-gasp chip over advancing goalkeeper Karma Tsering found the net.
In the first match of the day,Hindustan completed a 3-0 whitewash of Garhwal Heroes with a brace from Mahendar Kumar and Pushpender Kumar goal.
Meanwhile,the DSA upheld the protest against Royal Rangers by Hindustan FC,Garhwal Heroes and Tarun Sangha that seven of the clubs players are of Tibetan origin. Subsequently,the three protesting clubs were awarded three full points,courtesy which Hindustan FC climbed to the top of the league table with 19 points.