United SC were held to a goalless draw at home against HAL Bangalore at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan here on Saturday. The draw has dented their hopes of finishing in the top half of the table.
In a match that lacked bite, only Josimar da Silva Martins and Yusif Yakubu came close to scoring, but failed to provide any breakthrough.
The draw means United SC have 22 points from 14 matches. Meanwhile, HAL picked up their draw of the season to take their tally to three points from 14 matches and they remain at the bottom of the table.
AI draw with Lajong
Pune: A lacklustre Air India let go a good opportunity to climb up the table and ended up with just one point from their Round 14 match against Shillong Lajong FC at the Balewadi Complex here.
Air India failed to create any real chances in the first 80 minutes, but made a late surge even as Lajong defended their goal meticulously, leaving the home team crying for some luck.
With one point from this encounter, Air India stay put on the seventh position on the table with 20 points. Lajong are 10th with 17 points.
Margao: Two first-half goals helped Dempo SC open their I-League second phase campaign on a winning note as they edged past Chirag United Kerala 2-1. Goals from Clifford Miranda (4th) and Ranty Martins (25th) helped Dempo stay on top with 30 points.