SC East Bengal (SCEB) kick-started the brand new yr on a vivid notice as they defeated Odisha FC 3-1 to bag their first win within the Indian Super League (ISL) on the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday. First-half targets from Anthony Pilkington (12′) and Jacques Maghoma (39′) put SCEB forward earlier than substitute Bright Enobakhare (88′), making his ISL debut, joined the social gathering late on. Diego Mauricio (90′) scored the 100th purpose of the ISL season but it surely proved to be a comfort as Odisha noticed their winless run proceed.
Raju Gaikwad was among the many two modifications made by SCEB whereas Odisha named an unchanged eleven from their 2-2 draw in opposition to NorthEast United.
Both sides created probabilities within the first half but it surely was SCEB who transformed them and deservedly headed into the break with a two-goal cushion.
The opening purpose arrived early within the 12th minute, by way of a set-piece. Gaikwad took a throw-in and directed it to the far submit. It bounced as soon as and fell to Pilkington, who rose above Gaurav Bora, earlier than burying his header into the web.
Chances additionally fell Odisha’s method however beautiful back-to-back saves from goalkeeper Debjit Majumder helped SCEB maintain their lead intact through the first quarter. The custodian first parried away Manuel Onwu’s header and minutes later, denied Mauricio.
Pilkington was denied one other purpose after hitting the woodwork however a lightning strike from Maghoma helped East Bengal double their benefit within the dying minutes of the primary half. Matti Steinmann fed the ball to Maghoma on the left. Prancing into the field, he made house earlier than launching a strong shot from a slender angle, leaving Odisha keeper Arshdeep Singh with no likelihood.
Odisha started the second half robust, hoping to chop brief their deficit. They got here near scoring however luck evaded them. Jerry Mawihmingthanga swung a cross into the field for Onwu, who did properly to get to the ball however the striker’s shot struck the far submit.
There was drama late on within the contest with two targets within the ultimate jiffy. Enobakhare put the sport to mattress together with his second try after being denied the primary time by Arshdeep. Two minutes later, Odisha discovered the web, however in the long run, it proved to be too little too late.
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