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November 9, 2011 6:30 PM IST
 
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East Bengal 3-1 Pune FC – Trevor Morgan’s Side Continue Their Winning Ways

The Red and Gold were the better side at the Salt Lake Stadium as they romped to their third straight victory…

By Rahul Bali

I-league : Naoba Singh - Lester Fernandez, East Bengal v Pune FC
Pune FC

Top class goals from Nirmal Chettri, Tolgay Ozbey and Alan Gow powered East Bengal to yet another victory as they downed Pune FC in round five of the I-League.

Lester Fernandes managed to pull one back for the away side who were restricted to their half by the Kolkata side for much of the game.

East Bengal made one change from the last match as Sushant Matthew came in place of the suspended Harmanjot Khabra. Pune FC started with a five man midfield with Lester Fernandes, Douhou Pierre and Baldeep Singh forming the three in the middle of the park.

DerrickPereira’s side coming off a 5-1 defeat to Prayag United were obviously cautious and looked content to be in their own half.

The first chance came in the 20th minute when Penn Orji’s left footer was just wide of the upright. The next minute saw Baljit Sahni waste an opportunity as he took a heavy touch and collided with the goalkeeper Shahinlal which saw the latter being stretchered off eventually.

Penn had another ambitious attempt, this time with his right foot, which just about missed the target.

The breakthrough came in the 43rd minute as Pune FC’s clearance went straight to Nirmal Chettri who made it 1-0. Pune FC’s defense was at fault for not having closed down Chettri as he took ample time before shooting.

The lead didn’t last round as Douhou Pierre’s lofted ball for Lester saw the latter chest down and hit on half-volley to level the scores before the break.

The second half didn’t produce the best football though Pune FC’s doggedness was worth mentioning only until East Bengal entered the box on one of the rare occasions.

Tolgay, after a quick one-two with Penn, whacked the ball in to find the back of the net in the 66th minute.

Following substitutions from both sides, the play entered a lull phase before Alan Gow turned heads of some of his critics with a peach of a strike which left Pune FC dumbfounded.

East Bengal would be pleased to have another three points in their kitty whereas Pune FC are surely missing the experience of Mandjou Keita and Subrata Paul at the front and the rear.



East Bengal F.C.

30
0.00
8
0.00
19
0.00
4
Uga Okpara
Defender
0.00
33
Nirmal Chettri
Midfielder
44′
0.00
15
Sanju Pradhan
Midfielder
0.00
8
Penn Orji
Midfielder
0.00
25
Sushant Mathew
Midfielder
59′
0.00
12
0.00
6
Baljit Sahni
Striker
57′
0.00
20
Tolgay Ozbey
Striker
66′ 70′ 71′
0.00

Pune FC

0.00
27
0.00
4
Chika Wali
Defender
0.00
5
0.00
15
0.00
25
Srikanth Ramu
Midfielder
0.00
11
Douhou Pierre
Midfielder
0.00
14
Karma Tsewang
Midfielder
80′
0.00
8
Arata Izumi
Midfielder
0.00
31
0.00
7
0.00
12

Substitutes

11
0.00
9
0.00
15
Alan Gow
Striker
71′ 88′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Amrinder Singh
Goalkeeper
24′
0.00
6
0.00
10

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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