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September 25, 2012 3:00 PM IST
Kachenjunga Stadium, Siliguri
James Gbilee 11′
Tanmoy Kundu 15′
45+2′ (PG) Edeh Chidi
59′ (PG) Edeh Chidi

East Bengal 4-3 Kalighat MS: Red and Gold brigade come out on top in 7 goal thriller

The Kolkatan giants came back from two goals down to win the game and set up a semi final date with Churchill Brothers

By John Vaz

East Bengal's Chidi Edeh in action on Tuesday,Federation Cup 2012
East Bengal laboured to a 4-3 win against a dangerous Kalighat side, who for some time threatened to pull off a major upset in Siliguri.

James Giblee, Tanmoy Kundu and Christopher Chizoba netted for Kalighat while Manandeep Singh and Chidi Edeh struck a brace each to hand East Bengal the win.

Going into the match, East Bengal knew that a win along with scoring maximum possible goals could brighten their chances, while their opponents were fighting for honour. This led to a match that was pretty open, as both sides went all out for a win.

East Bengal were missing regular centre back Uga Okpara, and his absence was felt even more as they conceded two early goals in the space of four minutes. James Giblee struck in the 11th minute to hand Kalighat a lead against their illustrious opponents, with Tanmoy Kundu doubling the lead soon after.

But as the  half wore on East Bengal looked to have regained their composure and started to grow into the game. This change in the match was emphasised by a quickfire double from their young striker Manandeep Singh, as he brought them back on level terms with strikes in the 22nd and 28th minutes.

But just when it looked like normal order was restored, Kalighat regained the lead with another solo effort from Christopher Chizoba five minutes from the break. But the drama didnt end there as in stoppage time of first half, Chidi was brought down in the box by Kalighat keeper Souvik Mondal. The Nigerian dispatched his spot kick, with Trevor Morgan's men going into the break level.

In a move to try and stem Kalighat's attacks, Morgan introduced Okpara and Gurwinder which worked well as East Bengal started to see more of the ball. They had numerous attacks only for Chidi or Manandeep to flounder in the final third.

But East Bengal finally got a break when Chidi was fouled in the box by Kalighat defender Babau Mondal. The Nigerian converted his second spot kick of the match to seal a roller-coaster game in favour of last years runners-up.

This win, coupled with a Sporting Clube de Goa loss means East Bengal will face Churchill Brothers in the last four.

East Bengal F.C.

Edeh Chidi
47′ 59′

Kalighat Milan Sangha

Tanmoy Kundu




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