Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored an absolute peach of a goal as defending champions Bengaluru FC moved into second position. The Blues are tied on points with table toppers Mohun Bagan. CK Vineeth continued his goal scoring ways as he netted a second half goal to secure three points with a 2-0 win
While Ashley Westwood named an unchanged XI, injuries forced Stuart Watkiss to make a host of changes. Among the seven changes made, Kris Bright, Gouramangi Singh and Mehrajuddin Wadoo missed out.
Both sides look for opening goal
Bengaluru FC began the first half in earnest, attacking from the word go. Sean Rooney missed a golden opportunity with barely a few minutes on the clock. However, after finding their feet, Bharat FC too were on the prowl. Benin international Romuald Boco had the best chance of the early exchanges. His left footed shot missed Ralte’s goal by a few inches. Subash Singh too came close only to be denied once more by the impressive Lalthuammawia Ralte. In spite of having the larger chunk of posession, Bharat FC were the more dangerous.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh opens the scoring with a stunner
Eugeneson Lyngdoh increased his goal tally to five with a peach of a goal in the 32nd minute. A rare long ball trapped by Sean Rooney saw him lay the ball off to Eugeneson. Without a controlling touch, the latter curled the ball into the back of the net, giving the miss to makeshift keeper Shahinlal Meloly.
A few more chances for either sides failed to make any significant changes on the score sheet. Thus, the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the Blues.
CK Vineeth doubles the lead
The second half burst into life as Bharat FC began chasing an early equalizer. However, the brilliance of John Johnson and Curtis Osano at the heart of the Bengaluru defence ensured that the score remained 1-0. Ten minutes into the half saw the curtains drop for Bharat FC. Westwood brought on Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and Udanta Singh in a bid to improve the goal difference. In spite of failing to find the back of the net, the Blues succeeded in creating the bulk of the chances.
Robin Singh found himself the with another golden chance to make it 3-0. However, the returning striker failed to trouble Bharat FC custodian Shahinlal Meloly.
Another three points
The 2-0 crucial away win sees the Blues tied with Mohun Bagan at 28 points. Courtesy their 4-1 loss to the Mariners, the defending champions will occupy 2nd position. Ashley Westwood will be pleased with the fact that they have completed the double over Bharat FC.