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East Bengal teach JFC ‘kids’ a lesson with six-goal rout

East Bengal had a field day at their home ground on Tuesday

By Sayak Banerjee in Calcutta
  • Published 7.08.19, 2:28 AM
  • Updated 7.08.19, 2:28 AM
  • 2 mins read
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Jaime Santos Colado in action during the East Bengal vs Jamshedpur FC match on Tuesday. Picture by Santosh Ghosh

A brace from Jaime Santos Colado in the first six minutes was indication of what the end result of the game would be.

East Bengal had a field day at their home ground on Tuesday, smashing half a dozen past Jamshedpur FC (JFC)’s reserve team to virtually qualify for the semi-finals of the Durand Cup.

Three goals in either halves made for a perfect show by Alejandro Menendez Garcia’s men, with youngsters like Pintu Mahata and Bidyashagar Singh — who also scored twice — being pretty impressive with their goals and assists. Boithang Haokip scored the last for the home team.

But a fair analysis would underline that East Bengal weren’t really tested. JFC, with five players from the Tata Football Academy — some from U-18 and U-16 levels — had to tackle inexperience on their part, besides having to deal with players that have done well at top-tier tournaments of the country.

So, the going only became easier and easier for East Bengal as the game progressed.

“Credit goes to the team… I don’t want to take any specific name… We are doing well as a team,” Garcia said after the match.

Colado earned a penalty as early as in the third minute when he was brought down by JFC goalkeeper Amrit Gope. Converting it smartly, he got his second a minute later.

A JFC defender erred with his back-pass and it went straight to Colado, who, being completely unmarked, had no problem to slot the ball home to make it 2-0 for his team.

Garcia, however, preferred to take Colado off the field soon after as the striker seemed to have hurt his shoulder before scoring off the penalty.

That was more a precautionary move, Garcia said.

East Bengal could have had their third in the first quarter itself, but Tondomba Singh Naorem’s attempt came off the vertical.

They didn’t have to wait too long for the third as Mahata found the target off Brandon Vanlalremdika’s precise through ball.

From Mahata’s 31st-minute strike till half an hour of the second half, it appeared as if East Bengal were having one of their training sessions. Midfielders exchanged passes and tried to orchestrate attacks mainly from the right flank, while the defenders hardly had any work.

Only once JFC tried to initiate a move from the left flank, midway into the second half, before seeing their attempt go wide off the mark. Goalkeeper Mirshad, though, had to be in action once when he deflected substitute Harsha Parui’s long ranger to safety in the 49th minute.

Barring these two occasions, there’s practically nothing more to mention about JFC.

With 15 minutes left before regulation time, East Bengal pumped in three more to boost their goal average.

Bidyashagar scored his first goal off a fine play from substitute Prakash Sarkar and Brandon. Efficiently seizing the ball, Sarkar set Brandon up. But Brandon, noticing that Bidyashagar was unmarked, squared it to him and the latter placed it home with ease.

East Bengal’s fifth came in the 79th minute, with the Brandon-Bidyashagar pair again in the thick of things. Receiving the ball from Brandon, Bidyashagar found himself in a one-on-one with the rival goalie.

There was a JFC defender lurking at his side. But the goalie was more or less helpless while the defender could only escort Bidyashagar to his second strike.

Seconds before the final whistle, substitute Haokip, replacing Colado early in the 12th minute, did the icing on the cake. This time Bidyashagar came up with a perfect assist.