Ranty Martins saves the day

New Delhi: Nigerian striker Ranty Martins' equaliser in the 87th minute helped Prayag United SC draw 1-1 against ONGC in a third round I-League match here on Friday.

United SC now have seven points from three matches while ONGC, who had lost their first two games, opened their account.

ONGC took the lead in the 36th minute when Nigerian forward Eric Brown's curling left-footed free-kick entered the net, beating an outstretched United SC goalkeeper Subrata Paul.

ONGC should have won the match by 4-1 margin had their Japanese recruit Yusa Katsumi been lucky on a couple of occasions. Gouramangi Singh had a horrible day in office as Katsumi made a mockery of him repeatedly dribbling past him as well snatching balls.

There was a fair amount of interest about Costa Rican World Cupper Carlos Hernandez but he turned out to be an utter disappointment. He looked pedestrian during his hour-long stay on the pitch. His class is unquestionable if one goes by a few touches but he is yet to attain full fitness and needs to immediately work on shedding a few kilos.

He was rightly taken off at the stroke of an hour as coach Sen replaced him with New Zealander Kayne Vincent who certainly added a bit of mobility upfront.

Carlos was very angry with Sen's decision as he didn't sit in the reserve bench and just banged the door on his way to the dressing room.

Ultimately in the 87th minute, Lester Fernandes floated one in the box from left flank as Ranty outjumped his marker Hassan Adeola to beat veteran goalie Bilifang Narzary with a header.