Mumbai FC was held to a third consecutive 1-1 draw at home by United SC in the I-League 2013-14 round four encounter at the Balewadi sports complex on Wednesday.
Striker CK Vineeth opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute before Mumbai FCs new-signing Sandjar Ahmadi (20th min) equalised for the hosts.
With this point,Mumbai FC stay in the fourth place still unbeaten with six points (4 games) while United SC stay third on the table with seven points (4 games).
Coach Khalid Jamil opted to field the same starting XI which beat Churchill Brothers in the previous round.
The game burst into action inside two minutes when CK Vineeth did well to set up strike partner Ranti Martins. The Nigerian ran clear of his marker,defender Anwar Ali,to create space and shoot,only for the upright to deny him.
It was the visitors who took the lead at the quarter hour mark. With almost the entire Mumbai FC team charging ahead on a corner,United SC midfielder Souvik Chakraborty won the ball in his half and set up CK Vineeth on a counter with a long ball. Vineeth held off challenges from two defenders before slotting home past gloveman Kunal Sawant.
The hosts equalised almost instantly with Ahmadi opening his account for Mumbai FC. Striker Orok Essien did well to get a shot in from the left towards United SC custodian Sangram Mukherjee who managed to block. However the rebound fell for Ahmadi,who bundled the loose ball into the net.
At the half hour mark,skipper Nicholas Rodrigues ambitious long range attempt was tipped over by Mukherjee for a corner. Defender Haroon Amiris header off Rodrigues corner in the same move went agonizingly over.
Both teams went into the break tied at a goal apiece.
The second half was a different story with United SC firmly in control and in an aggressive mood.
Five minutes into the second period,CK Vineeths powerful shot was palmed away to safety by Mumbai FC keeper Kunal. At the other end,Mumbai FC too kept pressing in search of their second goal.
However poor coordination inside the final third let them down.