Sunday, February 05, 2017 Report by
East Bengal FC beats Chennai City FC Stays Atop Dominating I-League 2016-2017.
It seems to be history repeating itself with Kingfisher East Bengal FC & Trevor James Morgan when they notched up their sixth win a row revisiting 2011 -2012 I-League run. Though in 2011 -2012 I -League season TJM & his Yellow & Gold Brigade faded away after such a dominating display this time in 2016-2017 I -League season they won't want to foil this opportunity.
The match started with a worst dismal performance by the home side but it was Nikhil Pujari U22 who squandered an easy opportunity when the match was in its nascent stage. The first 45 mins were mainly dominated by Chennai City FC players, controlling the midfield with Dhanpal Ganesh & Denson Devdas combined with their flanks & wing backs Raju Yumnam & Debabrata Roy restricted Rahul Bheke & Narayan Das from overlapping. Just before the derby, the East Bengal supporters were quite disappointed with their team's effort.
Things changed in second half after Rahul Bheke was subbed by Robin Gurung & it was 50th min in the match when Ivan Bukenya came up from the back to pass it to Robin Singh who laid it for onrushing skipper Dika, instead of taking a shot he lobbed the ball for Wedson Anselme on the left who didn't make any mistake slotting it past Abhra Mondal to lead 1-0 for the hosts. It was again Wedson Anselme in the 75th minute who this time combined with Willis Plaza playing a delightful one-two that caught Chennai City FC defense off guard, Willis Plaza made no mistake making it 2-0. Last but not the least Haokip was brought down by Echezona Anyichie 90 + 4 mins inside the box when he tried to dribble the past him & was awarded a penalty after receiving a through ball from Willis Plaza. Dika went up to the spot before placing it perfectly to make it 3-0.
With this win, East Bengal continues to lead the table with 19 points from 7 matches.With the upcoming big derby on 12th Feb in Siliguri, TJM might relax a bit. East Bengal fans now have the initial upper hand before playing their arch rivals but would like their beloved team to perform & win it to surge ahead further in I-League 2016-2017.