East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan in the U18 Elite League
KOLKATA: in one day East bengal The senior team lost their unbeaten career in the course I-League with a 0-1 loss to Churchull brothers , the red and gold junior lived up to expectations, winning the derby's delight and starting his Kolkata round of the U-18 Elite League with a 2-1 victory over Mohun Bagan on Saturday.
East bengal went into the break at their home ground with Manichand Singh's 26th-minute lead. Mohun Bagan, however, made it 1-1 in the 66th minute when second-half substitute Jagannath Sikdar brought home the equalizer. However, East bengal captain Srikumar Karjee rose to the occasion and headed home the winner in the 88th minute.
East bengal will take on ATK in their next match on Monday while Mohun Bagan face Bidhannagar Municipal SA two days later. Only two teams will progress to the next round from this eight-team zone.
With the derbies between the junior teams of these two arch-rivals having witnessed crowd violence in the past, hosts East bengal club took several security measures, including employing bouncers in the stands, to minimize the possibility of any untoward incident between the rival fans under control.
However, Manichand, local fans have something to rejoice when they hit a pass from home on the left when the Ranjan Chowdhury boys lost some opportunities to increase the lead, but finished the first half with a better side.
However, Mohun Bagan had other ideas, since Jagannath, who replaced Anirban Das in the 56th minute, silenced the local crowd with the equalizer 10 minutes later.
With East bengal upping their ante in search of another goal and time running out, Srikumar led from the front to calm the team's nerves, meeting Sougata Hansda's cross with a perfect header, which went past Bagan goalkeeper Jonti Deb in the 88th minute.