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United SC now third

Calcutta: Kayne Vincent scored a brace as Prayag United SC thrashed Pailan Arrows 4-1 in their I-League Round 24 tie, at the Kalyani Stadium, on Friday.

United SC didn’t really have to play flawless or clinical football on the day. With the Arrows being below par and mediocre, United just had to do the basics right.

The win took United SC to the third spot with 38 points, while the Arrows remain rooted at No. 10.

Arrows certainly didn’t look the team which stunned Dempo SC a few days back. That rhythm was not there. United SC, sans playmaker Carlos Hernandez, had a field day, making short work of the Arrows.

Eelco Schattorie’s men had a firm grip over the game when Ranty Martins and Vincent gave United a 2-0 lead in the first half itself.

Ranty took United SC ahead in the 21st minute, making full use of Arrows custodian Soram Anganba’s bungle. The ’keeper fumbled Vincent’s cross from the left flank and Ranty, on the prowl, slotted the ball in.

Vincent then doubled the lead for United SC towards the end of the first session with a right-footer, off a set-up from Mohammed Rafique. The porous Arrows defence was to be blamed as both the United SC players roamed about almost unchallenged.

The game was as good as over for the Arrows when Vincent scored his second goal nine minutes into the second session.

Off Dhanachandra Singh’s centre, Vincent got the better of Deepak Devrani and fired home a right-footer to help United go 3-0 up.

Rafique was quick to latch on to the opportunity that arose when Arrows’ Pritam Kotal lost the ball intercepting Vincent’s attempted centre.