Calcutta: United SC are yet to find a sponsor, but their foreign recruits are finding the goals all right, ensuring that off-field worries are not affecting their on-field endeavour.
United SC not only won their I-League opener against Shillong’s Rangdajied United SC, at the Salt Lake Stadium, by two goals to nil, they played good football.
Ranty Martins and Eric Brown were the scorers for United.
While Ranty’s was an opportunistic strike, the latter’s goal was a masterpiece.
Of the two goals, the first one, in the 64th minute, was thanks to Ranty’s smart header off an Eric free-kick.
The second came in the 75th minute with Eric producing a gem. Receiving the ball from Lalkamal Bhowmick, Eric cut in from the left side, dodged past a defender and then unleashed a powerful angular shot even while he lost balance. The ’keeper stood still as the ball rocked the far corner.
United then brought the shutters down as they kept Rangdajied at bay playing innumerable passes between themselves.
United coach Eelco Schattorie was “proud” of his boys for earning full points. The Dutchman also seemed to be furious for having to play the Calcutta Football League in between I-League matches.
“I’m proud of the boys… Eric scored a fantastic goal. We didn’t have ideal preparation, but we have still managed full points,” he said.
“The CFL is not at all important for me… I don’t care we win or lose in CFL. For me, I-League is the only important assignment,” Eelco added.