Rangdajied United FC kept the pressure on Bhawanipore FC for a place in the I-League as they recorded a 3-1 win over 10-man Southern Samity in Round II of the final phase of 2nd Division League here at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Wednesday.
Babatunde Ayomide's hattrick ensured that the Shillong side stayed very much in the hunt for a top-tier berth.
For Southern Samity Kaushik Biswas found the back of the net in the 25th minute. Shyam Mondal was given marching orders in the 89th minute for showing dissent after a poor tackle.
Courtesy the win, Rangdajied have now moved to the second spot with 16 points, having played a game more than Bhawanipore. Southern Samity stay rock bottom with only 5 in their kitty from 9 matches.
It was Babatunde who opened the scoring in the 16th minute, heading in a delightful cross from the left by Restom Khriam.
Southern returned the favour minutes later, Kaushik Biswas rifling home from just inside the box. But it was Babatunde's day. The Nigerian striker's stooping header in the 40th minute made it 2-1. Post the breather, Babatunde increased the margin from the spot in the 86th minute.
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