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'I am not a super sub', says East Bengal's Australian striker Andrew Barisic

'I am not a super sub', says East Bengal's Australian striker Andrew Barisic

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He proved the matchwinner for East Bengal in the semi-finals of the IFA Shield, but Australian striker Andrew Barisic does not want to stop there

GOAL.com Indonesia   By PADDY HIGGS


Having scored the most important goal of his infant East Bengal career, Andrew Barisic is now out to nail down a first XI spot at the I-League club.

After joining East Bengal in January from Indonesian club Arema, Canberra-born Barisic has found goals easy to come by in the second-tier Kolkata League.

But the former Gold Coast United and Melbourne Knights striker, who turns 27 on Friday, has had to battle No.1 striker Chidi Edeh for a place when it comes to the Red and Gold's league duties.

He began Sunday's IFA Shield semi-final against Mohun Bagan among the substitutes, but made a memorable impression when he came on in the second half.

With East Bengal trailing 1-0 as time ran out, Barisic lashed home a superb equaliser and then converted his side's second penalty as the Red and Gold prevailed from the spot.

East Bengal meet Prayag United - featuring former Melbourne Victory marquee Carlos Hernandez - in the final on Wednesday, and Barisic is determined to make a starting spot his own.

"No I am not a super sub. I want to get as many starts as possible. This is my first season with East Bengal. And I want to make a mark. I want to score goals whenever I get a chance," Barisic told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

"I have no issues.  Chidi is doing a wonderful job. He is scoring goals regularly."

Barisic's heroics contrasted directly with that of close friend Tolgay Ozbey, who - like his compatriot - came on as a substitute for Mohun Bagan in the semi-final.

Ozbey has been a key figure for Mohun Bagan but was rumoured to have had a bust-up with coach Karim Bencherifa after the match over how he was used.

Bencherifa, however, told The Telegraph that "locker-room related matters should remain in the confines of the locker room itself".

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