Fijian striker Roy Krishna continued his prolific goal-scoring type as he helped ATK Mohun Bagan prevail over SC East Bengal 2-0 within the first-ever Indian Tremendous League derby on Friday. Krishna, who had scored ATKMB’s lone objective in opposition to Kerala Blasters of their campaign opener, struck within the 49th minute earlier than Manvir Singh killed the competition within the 85th minute with a solo effort. With two wins on the trot, ATK Mohun Bagan led the desk with six factors, adopted by Northeast United FC. It was a typical Antonio Lopez Habas’ fashion of play that panned out on the sector as ATKMB have been sluggish to get off the blocks earlier than taking management of the sport. Their defense, helmed by Tiri, put up a disciplined present to return with a clean slate for his or her second successive match.
For Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, who constructed the SC East Bengal in lower than a month’s time, it was a disappointing beginning to his teaching stint in India as he was let down badly by his striker up entrance. As the only real striker, Balwant Singh was wayward up entrance and missed a sitter on the hour mark when he blasted over the bar simply in entrance of the online.
They’d the higher ball possession however seemed skinny up entrance, leaving an excessive amount of to do for his or her vice-captain and former Norwich Metropolis winger Anthony Pilkington. Loads to show as a coach within the ISL, Fowler went in for a defensive 4-3-2-1 formation with Narayan Das, Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, and Rana Gharami within the backline.
Habas, essentially the most profitable ISL coach, was predictable in his strategy, bringing again David Williams alongside Krishna, whereas Pritam Kotal, Tiri, and Sandesh Jhingan guarded the goalmouth.
As of their final match in opposition to Kerala Blasters, ATKMB struggled to get going initially, whereas SCEB made some fantastic attacking strikes, however, lacked the ending touches. The primary alternative got here within the seventh minute when Anthony Pilkington brilliantly broke via the defenses from the left however solely to journey on his manner contained in the field.
Balwant had one other good likelihood within the 38th minute from a Surchandra Singh cross however the striker hit it previous the far put up. ATKMB had their first actual likelihood only a minute earlier than with Javier Hernandez on the goal however Debjit Majumder got here on his manner as the primary half noticed a stalemate.
Like within the final match when he struck the winner after the changeover, Krishna broke the impasse, and this time with a strong left-footer previous a diving Majumder. It was Jayesh Rane who made a dashing run on the left and despatched in a via ball to Hernandez earlier than Krishna took management of the ball for a scientific end.
SCEB virtually received an equalizer within the 83rd minute with Pilkington firing in from the left however ATKMB custodian Arindam Bhattacharya stood tall and ensured one other clear sheet for Haba’s facet.
A minute later, Manvir chased a ball from the midfield and made a fantastic run, beating the SCEB defense earlier than firing previous Majumder and sealing three factors from the massive match.
The red-and-gold brigade wore black armbands in reminiscence of the Argentine legend Diego Maradona who died of a coronary heart assault on Wednesday.
Earlier than the kickoff, each group noticed one minute’s silence in honor of Indian soccer stalwarts P K Banerjee and Chuni Goswami who died this yr.