Sreenidi Deccan denied win by late Aizawl FC goal

11 December, Hyderabad: Sreenidi Deccan FC played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Aizawl FC at the Deccan Arena here on Sunday in a Matchday 7 Hero I-League clash. Captain David Castaneda scored two goals while Songpu Singsit scored the third for the Deccan Warriors.

Sreenidi Deccan FC took an early lead through Castaneda as he finished clinically from the edge of the box in the 4th minute. But Aizawl FC hit back five minutes later through Tharpuia who headed in a rebound. The visitors went ahead in the 29th minute as Ugandan forward Henry Kisekka got on the end of a low cross and made no mistake from close range. But Castaneda drew Sreenidi Deccan level just before half time with a smart finish at the near post.

The second half was a much tighter affair as neither side could find a breakthrough until the later stages. As added time kicked in, Songpu stabbed the ball in from close range to send the home fans into raptures. Aizawl FC goalkeeper was shown a red card for arguing with the match officials.

As the match drew to a close, Aizawl FC got one last opportunity to put the ball into the Sreenidi Deccan penalty area and from the ensuing attack, Nigerian defender Emmanuel poked in the equaliser.