Skipper Vikram Pratap Singh scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute to help his side pick up their second win of the season.
Mario Rivera made two changes in the East Bengal lineup in his debut match as the head coach. Marti Crespi returned after a one-match suspension replacing Mehtab Singh and Tondonba Naorem replaced Kassim Aidara in the central midfield.
Venkatesh made three changes in the Indian Arrows lineup which lost to Real Kashmir in their last game. Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Ajin Tom and Saurabh Meher replaced Samik Mitra, Hendry Antonay and Manvir Singh.
East Bengal controlled proceedings right from the off and created several chances but failed to find the back of the net. Marti Crespi got back-to-back chances to break the deadlock from Didika’s free-kicks in the 16th minute but failed to score on both occasions from close range.
Indian Arrows pressed well and continuously kept the opposition on their toes. They could have taken the lead in the 36th minute had Nikhil Raj been a little more agile in front of the goal. Ayush Adhikari had curled a free-kick into the box and Nikhil had an empty net to finish but he could not make contact with the ball.
Marcos and Jaime Santos came close to scoring within two minutes of the second half as they attempted headers off Brandon Vanlalremdika’s cross but Lalbiakhlua Jongte denied the duo.
The India colts stunned the hosts by taking the lead in the 58th minute when Vikram Pratap Singh found the back of the net. Nikhil Raj initiated the move from a counter-attack and found Givson Singh at the edge of the box. Givson squared the ball to Vikram who slotted the ball home with a brilliant strike.
In search of an equaliser, Rivera brought in Ansumana Kromah at the hour mark. The Liberian had even found the back of the net in the 71st minute from Samad Ali Mallick’s corner but he was ruled offside.
Kromah missed the easiest chance of the match in the 85th minute from point-blank range. Marti Crespi attempted a long-range shot which Jongte stopped. Kromah attempted a first-time effort on the rebound from close-range but he blasted the ball over the bar.