Armed with a 2-0 win over Karnataka State Police (KSP) at the Football Stadium here on Saturday, South United stayed in the hunt for the BDFA Super Division football league title.
However, with 22 points overall and a five-point lead over second-placed South United, Hindustan Aeronautics Sports Club (HASC) still remains the favourite to emerge the champion. HASC’s final fixture against a struggling KSP team on Wednesday will hold the key to both teams’ fortunes; a win for HASC will assure it the title, while a draw or loss will give hope to the South United unit.
South United will compete in two more matches — against Students Union and MEG — and will have to win both outings to entertain any hope of winning the league.
In the event of two teams finishing on the same number of points at the end of the season (which could be the case if HASC draws its final fixture and South United wins the next two matches), goal-difference will come into play. HASC holds a slight edge — +17 for HASC versus +15 for South United — in this scenario.
A brace from Gopi gave Karnataka’s first professional club three points against KSP, which lies in seventh place.
Third-placed ASC, meanwhile, which stood no chance of clinching the title, drew its encounter with ADE on Saturday.
The result: Super Division: South United 2 (Gopi 2) bt KSP 0; ADE 1 (Sridhar) drew with ASC 1 (Nitesh).