KOLKATA: Odafa Okolie made his presence felt as Southern Samity beat Delhi United FC 1-0 in an final round encounter of the I-League 2nd Division on Monday at Barasat Stadium.
The win was Southern Samity’s second of the campaign and was powered by a spot kick goal in 53rd minute by Odafa. The Kolkata-based club now has 7 points and top the standings after playing three matches.
While the scoreline does not justify Southern Samity’s victory totally, the close chances missed were by the many in a game that the hosts completely dominated.
Playing their third home game on the trot, Southern Samity started with a new vigour and Basanta Singh and Shylo Malsawmtluanga doing most of the scheming dominated the proceedings mostly in the first half.
Southern Samity had their first opportunity in the 11th minute when Ronald Singh’s superb ball in the box found Odafa with pin point accuracy. The striker, however, failed to get his shot on target.
The home team had another chance seven minutes later and it was Odafa who faulted again shooting over.
The visitors taking time to settle, took their time and slowly kept up the pressure on the Southern Samity defense, but was unable to break them down. Ganesh Thakur, meanwhile, had an opportunity to put his team ahead before half time, but his try was nicely saved by rival custodian Surjay Kumar Pariyar.
The hosts went all out after the breather and scored the match winner eight minutes into the second half when they were awarded with a penalty after Delhi United’s Harmanjot Singh committed a handball inside the box.
Southern Samity’s talisman Odafa Okolie stepped up and calmly slotted past Delhi United keeper Gurpreet Singh to score his second goal of the competition.
Having taken the lead, Southern Samity got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating several scoring chances in the remainder, once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Southern Samity’s favour.