2nd Division I-League: Bengaluru FC handed first defeat, resurgent Chennaiyin record second win
Bengaluru FC reserves were dealt their first loss in their I-League second division campaign as they fell to a 0-3 defeat to Langsning FC on Wednesday.
The Blues’ five-match unbeaten run came to an end at the Bangalore Football Stadium as goals from Lancine Toure (45+3), Kitboklang Pale (89) and Brolington Warlarpih (90+5) gave the Shillong-based visitors a comfortable victory.
The result meant that Langsning FC leapfrogged Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC to the top of the standings in Group C of the second division with 12 points while Bengaluru find themselves in the third spot with 11.
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The visitors were the dominant side right from kick-off and it took some excellent goalkeeping from Bengaluru custodian Aditya Patra to keep the scoreline at 0-0 until Toure struck in added time of the first-half through a thundering header from a corner.
The hosts pushed for an equalizer in the second period but were made to pay as Langsning struck two goals in the dying minutes with some excellent counter-attacking play to seal the win.
In another Group C encounter in the second-division on Wednesday, Chennaiyin FC reserves recorded their second win on the bounce as they overcame Mohammedan Sporting by a solitary goal at the SSN College ground in Chennai.
Striker Prasenjit Chakraborty’s goal in the 35th minute was enough for the hosts to quell the Kolkata club’s challenge as Chennaiyin put in a commanding performance. The visitors threw the kitchen sink in their desperate search for an equalizer in the second-half but were unable to really test Chennaiyin custodian Samik Mitra.
The win will come as a relief to Chennaiyin who lost their opening six matches of the campaign. However, the side still remains rooted to the bottom of the Group C table with six points despite the two wins since those six defeats.
Mohammedan Sporting, on the other hand, remain in the fourth spot in the group with nine points.
Mohammedan Sporting and Bengaluru reserves will lock horns with each other on April 29 at the Bangalore Football Stadium.
Group C standings*:
|3||Bengaluru FC (reserves)||6||3||2||1||2||11|
|5||Jamshedpur FC (reserves)||7||2||2||3||-2||8|
|6||Chennaiyin FC (reserves)||8||2||0||6||-9||6|
*After Wednesday's games