East Bengal strike right notes to defeat Odisha, secure first ISL win


SC East Bengal lastly made the right strikes to beat a lacklustre Odisha FC 3-1 and secure their first win of their maiden Indian Super League season in Vasco on Sunday.

In the basement battle, the Red-and-Gold scored via Anthony Pilkington (12th) and Jacques Maghoma (39th) to give them a 2-Zero cushion at half time on the Tilak Maidan.

The Kolkata heavyweights maintained their excessive depth earlier than their newest Nigerian recruit Bright Enobakhare sealed the difficulty with a terrific 88th-minute strike.

Odisha FC (two factors) pulled one again via Diego Mauricio within the damage time (90+third minute), but it surely was not sufficient as they suffered a sixth defeat to stay on the backside of the 11-team desk, winless in final eight matches.

SCEB’s win of their maiden ISL season got here of their eighth match as they climbed to ninth place forward of Kerala Blasters with six factors, whereas Odisha remained winless.

Everything fell in place for the Robbie Fowler-coached facet from the beginning.

Fowler made two modifications to his line-up as Surchandra Singh and Sehnaj Singh have been changed by Milan Singh and Raju Gaikwad.

It was the season’s debutant, Gaikwad, who initiated the goal-scoring transfer with a pleasant lengthy throw-in close to the put up.

The ball bounced in in the direction of the far put up the place Pilkington capitalised on a defensive lapse to rise above the person on the far put up earlier than calmly heading it in.

The goalkeeping, too, was spot on from Debjit Majumder who effected a few spectacular saves to guarantee they retained their lead.

Manuel Onwu directed an ideal header goalwards however Majumder averted the hazard within the 17th minute.

Two minutes later, Majumder was at it once more, and this time he denied a Diego Mauricio header from the right facet of the field.

East Bengal went on to double their lead with Matti Steinmann offering the help to Maghoma who made a robust run and received previous two OFC defenders earlier than making a high-quality end from an acute angle.

Luck, too, eluded the Odisha group on a couple of event and, within the 57th minute, Jerry’s shot from an Onwu help hit the upright.

In the 61st minute, Jacob Tratt’s header bounced to beat the SCEB goalkeeper Majumder however not the woodwork.

Fowler pressed Enobakhare instead of Maghoma within the 73rd minute and the 22-year-old Nigerian scored on his debut in what was a high-quality group effort by the SCEB forwards.


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