JCT finish second
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- Published 20.05.07
Calcutta: It was a day that East Bengal would like to forget in the 2006-07 National Football League. Nothing went right for them — be it in Barasat or Margao.
While at Barasat Stadium they went down 2-3 to JCT, in Margao Churchill Brothers won 4-1 against Air India as they city giants, who were eyeing a third spot, finished fifth. A win here and a draw or loss by Churchill in Margao would have earned them a third spot.
JCT had everything to celebrate after logging in 22 points in the second leg.
Stepping up the momentum right from the start, JCT went 1-0 up in the fifth minute. East Bengal equalised through Boniface Ambani.
A Sunil Chhetri brace (30th and 34th minutes) saw the Punjab team take an unassailable 3-1 lead. East Bengal reduced the margin through Ashim Biswas but that was not enough.
In Margao, the win helped Churchill Brothers finish fourth. Odafa Okolie and George Ekeh scored a brace each, the former emerging top scorer with 18 goals.
East Bengal: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar (Naseem Akhtar), Syed Rahim Nabi, Gurpreet Singh, Covan Lawrence, Cristiano Hilario de Oliveira, Debabrata Roy, S. Malswamtulunga, Jayanta Sen, Arata Izumi (Dipankar Roy, 37’), Boniface Ambani, Edmilson Marques
JCT: Karanjit Singh, Jaspal Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Anwar Ali, Daljit Singh, Baldeep Singh (Jaswinder Singh 69’), Sukhjinder Singh (Rakinderjit Singh, 69’), Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, Harish Sharma (Harpreet Singh 81’), Chidi Edeh, Sunil Chhetri
Referee: Rizwan-ul Haq (Delhi)