Calcutta: Kingfisher East Bengal defeated BNR 4-1 in a CFL Championship Round match, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Tuesday. Ranty Martins scored as early as in the 68th second and Baljit Sahni netted the second in the 30 th minute.
The third came from Deepak Mondal while Baljit got his second and the team’s fourth in the injury time of the first half. BNR’s Kazeem got the consolation goal in 78th minute.
This was East Bengal’s first win of the CFL after losing the opener to Mohammedan Sporting. The second match against Police AC was postponed 22 minutes into the second half due to bad light.
BNR got two clear chances after the first goal, but failed to capitalise on them. Once James Edurance missed from close and then Asim Das volleyed wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
On both occasions, there was little coordination between East Bengal’s two central defenders Arnab Mondal and Raju Gaikwad. Gaikwad had a horrendous match and it was also evident that Arnab does not have the leadership quality to guide the back-four.
Since 2010, it was Uga Okpara who was doing the job, but now with the Nigerian not in the roster, the onus is on Arnab. It’s early days yet, but Arnab needs to buck up fast.
In fact it was because of Gaikwad’s ineptness that BNR managed to pull one back. Instead of closing in on Kazeem he allowed the frontliner to take the grounder which went past a diving Luis Barreto.
“Sheer callousness,” Armnado was candid at the post-match conference. “We played awful football. In fact we played like school boys. If this continues we should all leave. We failed to keep the shape, there was no movement… We just got those four goals… Nothing else from this match,” a furious Armando added.
Armando was spot on. Barring the goals and Deepak Mondal’s brilliant performance there was nothing to write home about. He was in the thick of action in the first three goals.
First, he sent in a delightful cross from the right and Ranty leapt high to head it home.
In the 30th minute, Deepak was brought down inside the box by Sudip Santra and referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Ranty hit the near post, but Baljit tapped home off the rebound. Deepak’s goal was the best of the day.
He played a delightful one-two with Ranty before volleying home. The fourth came when Mehtab Hussain picked out Baljit from the centre of the park. All Baljit had to do was to place it home.
East Bengal: Luis Barreto, Deepak Mondal, Arnab Mondal, Raju Gaikwad, Saumik Dey, Joaquim Abranches (Deepak Tirkey 63), Cavin Lobo, Mehtab Hussain (Jiten Murmu 58), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Baljit Sahni (Mohammed Rafique 76), Ranty Martins.
BNR: Souvik Santra, Debkumar Sasmal (Pintu Manna 64), Dipankar Das, Somnath Aich, Dhiman Sinha, Sudip Santra, James Endurance, Barun Kundu, Rabi Bose (Pintu Bakshi 81), Asheem Das (Palash Das 44), Kazeem.
Referee: Prabir Dhar
MoM: Deepak Mondal