Almost an hour of drab goalless action had the capacity crowd here praying for something to happen. Bashiru Abass Mohammed obliged and finally gave them something to cheer about with a sublime finish. It seemed as if the spirit off the pitch had a rub-on effect on the team, as Mumbai FC held forte against JCT to win 2-0. This was the Mumbai team's second win on the trot, having defeated Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the previous round.
It took 63 minutes for Mumbai FC to find their way through a stubborn JCT defence. Abhishek Yadav’s cool presence of mind came to the fore when he chested down a crisp pass from Noel Wilson and flicked the ball on the blind side of the defence for an incoming Bashiru to slot home.
Barring a couple of forays in the first half, JCT couldn't make much of an impact on the rival defence. To compound their woes, they conceded a penalty when Gurwinder Singh brought down substitute Dane Pereira inside the danger zone in the 81st minute. Yadav scored with ease to consolidate their lead.
But it might have all gone awry for the local team had it not been for a goalline save from Kamaljeet Kumar, when Mumbai FC goalkeeper Amit Singha Roy made a mess of a routine collection in the first half. JCT's Lalchhunmawia snatched the loose ball and set up Daljit Singh with a crack at goal but Kumar's presence at the far end saved the day for Mumbai FC.