East Bengal recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory against Pathachakra in their third match of the 2018 Calcutta Football League at the East Bengal ground on Tuesday. Jobby Justin (16', 77') and Laldanmawia Ralte (42') scored to give the Kolkata giants a deserved win.
Technical director Subhash Bhowmick made three changes in the East Bengal starting lineup. Mahmoud Al Amna, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Joby Justin replaced Lalrindika Ralte, Bidyasagar Singh and Gagandeep Bali. Didika Ralte didn't even make it to the matchday squad due to injury.
Bhowmick made changes to his tactics as the Red and Golds took the field in a 4-1-4-1 formation which often changed to 4-1-3-2 with Amna moving up as a second striker.
Kamalpreet Singh was deployed in the defensive midfield position and Kassim Aidara was deployed in a box-to-box role. Pathachakra coach Remco Boere fielded his side in a 4-3-3 formation.
East Bengal dominated proceedings right from the beginning of the match. The presence of two foreigners in the midfield gave the home side an advantage.
The attacking mindset of East Bengal yielded them their first goal of the match in the 16th minute. Brandon and Chullova combined well on the left flank before the Lalram Chullova sent a perfect cross into the box. Joby Justin scored a perfect header to make it 1-0.
The Kolkata giants doubled their lead in the 42nd minute after Pathachakra's Monotosh Chakladhar accidentally stopped Joby Justin's goal-bound shot with his hand. Referee Pranjal Banerjee did not hesitate to point towards the spot. Laldanmawia Ralte converted from the penalty spot.
East Bengal continued to dominate the match after the restart. Amna, Brandon, Ralte and Justin kept the defenders on alert and sprayed passes in and around the opposition's penalty box.
The visitors got their first major chance of the match in the 60th minute when they won a free-kick just outside the East Bengal penalty box. However, Croatian striker Anto Pejic blasted the ball way above the crossbar.
Joby Justin completed his brace in the 77th minute from Danmawia Ralte's square pass. Amna forwarded a long ball from the midfield which Ralte met inside the box. He went ahead and squared the ball for Justin who converted an easy tap-in.
It was a convincing performance from the Red and Golds who desperately needed a win to shrug off the discontent of losing points in their last match.