EB halfway to win Sahara Calcutta Football League
Kalyani, Feb 16 : : I-League leaders Kingfisher East Bengal maintained their pole position in the halfway to win the Sahara Calcutta Football League Premier division for third time in a row after trouncing Southern Samity by 4-0 at Kalyani Municipality Stadium here on Saturday.
After a frustrating first-half, Punjab forward Bajit Singh Sahni struck twice in quick succession (53'; 59') after water break, while Edeh Chidi dedicated his 85th left footer to his new born daughter in Lagos, Nigeria, and another Punjab midfielder Hamanjot Khabra sent home two minutes from end to give red and gold a deserved three points.
East Bengal now have 12 points from four games in the Super Nine stage and four more wins means they can keep the prestigious League for three time in a row.
Their arch rivals McDowell Mohun Bagan stumbled when they drew against Bhowanipur, whom East Bengal beat in the first match of the Super Nine play, which has total nine teams.
Coach Trevor James, aiming for a hat-trick of win of the Calcutta League since his taking charge of the club, reinforced his striking line with three forwards after barren first session and got the dividend within eight minutes into the second half.
Baljit's brilliant back-headed effort of a corner from Sanju Pradhan hit home after deflecting from a defender.
Southern Samity goalkeeper Abhijit Das's attempt went in vain as ball deflected ball after hitting a defender.
Baljit second goal came six minutes later following a defense splitting through of Edeh Chidi and the Punjab striker booted home after dodged past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Edeh Chidi dedicated his goal to his new born daughter in Lagos as he celebrated it with his shirt above his head with a message on vest was " welcome my baby princess."
The Nigerian was booked the referee for his for his celebration. Before this the Nigerian was looking desperate for a goal and shots wildly and selfishly.
Chidi sent home a pass from Harmanjot Khabra's right cross. Then Chidi complemented to Khabra with same sort of pass and Punjab man did no mistake.
Federation Cup winners East Bengal are now holding top slot of I-League table with 40 points and looking for another silverware before the I-league last lap begins next month.
East Bengal maintained their pole position on the top of the table with 12 points from 4 matches in Cal League.