May 19 was an I-League match day for postponed Round 19 matches which had not been held earlier due to commitments of East Bengal Club and Dempo SC in the 2011 AFC Cup. Salgaocar won the crucial encounter against East Bengal to brighten their chances of an I-League title, while Dempo stay in the hunt with their win and even for East Bengal not all is lost.
Match by Match Short Review
19-May-2011: Mumbai FC 0-1 (0-0) Dempo SC (in Kolhapur)
Dempo SC kept their title defence alive with a 1-0 away win against Mumbai FC in Kolhapur. MFC stay on 33 points from 25 matches, while Dempo SC move to 47 points from 23 games but to win the title they will have to win all their three remaining matches and with good margins as their goal difference is the worth amongst the title contenders.
After a goalless first half the golden Goal came from Nigerian sharp shooter Ranty Martins Soleye in the 72nd minute to win the game for the Goans.
19-May-2011: Salgaocar SC 3-2 (1-2) East Bengal Club (in Goa)
Salgaocar SC scored a crucial 3-2 comeback win against rivals East Bengal Club in Goa. After the match Salgaocar SC now have 53 points from 25 matches, while East Bengal remain on 47 points from 23 games; which leaves the chance to both sides still win the title.
East Bengal made a swift start into the game as the red-and-gold were up by two goals within 16 minutes. First Tolgay Ozbey was brought down by Khelemba Singh and Tolgay himself scored of the resultant penalty in the 10th minute. Then only six minutes later Baljit Singh Sahni would double the lead and it looked good for the Kolkata giants. But things changed when in the 33rd minute a Rino Anto shot went in. After the break Salgaocar put East Bengal under a lot of pressure and got the equaliser in the 79th minute through a Cajetan Fernandes shot. But it wasn't over yet as former East Bengal striker Yakubu Yusif headed in the winner in the 84th minute to the disbelieve of the red-and-gold as Salgaocar celebrated a memorable comeback.
Here all I-League Round 19 match reports
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