Pailan Arrows proved out to be no match for the resurgent Kingfisher East Bengal FC, as the hosts defeated Arrows by 4-1 in the 15th round I-League clash, played today at the Salt Lake Stadium,Kolkata.
After Penn Orji had opened the scoring for East Bengal in the 27th minute, Tolgay Ozbey scored a brace in 30th & 76th minute, respectively. Robert Lalthlamuana scored Kingfisher East Bengal FC?s fourth goal in the 57th minute. The consolation goal for Pailan was scored by stopper-back Prathamesh Maulingkar in 60th minute.
Australian Tolgay turned out to be the difference between the two teams, as he remained a constant threat upfront along with Penn Orji. Kingfisher East Bengal FC, who began on an aggressive note put constant pressure on the Pailan defense. And it yielded results soon.
Pailan conceded the first goal in 27th minute, when Orji headed in a rebound after rival goalkeeper Naveen Kumar had denied Sanju Pradhan from close.
Three minutes later, Penn passed the ball to Tolgay, who blasted in as powerful left- footer to double the score. The scoreline stayed two-nil in favour of the Red & Gold Brigade at the interval.
Changing over, Kingfisher East Bengal FC kept up the pressure. The strategy proved successful again in the 57th minute when Penn cleverly passed the ball to Robert Lalthlamuana, who came in out of nowhere to score the third goal.
Tolgay again found the back of the Pailan?s empty net to score a brace in 76th minute.
Pailan did pull one back in the 60th minute when Prathamesh Maulingkar headed in a Prabir Das corner.
The 10th round encounter between the two teams had ended in a goalless draw.
With this win Kingfisher East Bengal FC moved to 30 points from 15 matches.
Tolgay Ozbey was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Kingfisher East Bengal FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Gurwinder Singh, Uga Okpara, Robert Lalthlamuana, Reisangmei Vashum (Sushath Mathew), Mehtab Hossain (Subodh Kumar), Sanju Pradhan, Khan Thang Paite, Penn Orji, Tolgay Ozbey (Edmilson Marques)