Kingfisher East Bengal won a thriller against Chirag United Kerala 4-3 in the 25th round I League encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan on Monday.
For East Bengal Penn Orji scored in the 25th minute, Tolgay Ozbey scored a brace in 32nd and 54th min and Robin Singh the match winner in the 77th minute. For Chirag Kerala David Sunday scored a hattrick with goals in the 37th, 41st and 48th minutes of the match.
It was Red and Gold who opened the score in the 24th minute when Penn Orji tapped in an easy finish after the original shot from Tolgay Ozbey was saved by Chirag Kerala custodian Sharath Kuniyil.
In the 32nd minute Tolgay Ozbey scored a brilliant individual goal dribbling past two defenders from the midfield and then placing the ball past Sharath to double the lead.
In the 36th minute Chirag Kerala started their comeback when David Sunday got the ball beat Gurvinder Singh and Sandip Nandi the goalkeeper with a left footer.
In the 39th minute David Sunday capitalised on mistakes from the East Bengal defence to score a low header to restore parity for the visitors.
Changing over, David Sunday completed a sensational hattrick scoring after beating defender Uga Okpara and Sandip Nandi with his shot. There was another twist in the story as Tolgay Ozbey scored his second of the match when a Soumik Dey corner came to Ukpara who took a shot and the deflection fell to Tolgay for a volley into the goal.
Robin Singh completed the scoring frenzy when he scored the match winner in the 77th minute when he placed home a grounded cross from the right of Penn Orji.
The win takes Kingfisher East Bengal to 44 points from 23 matches with Dempo SC to play in their next match while Chirag Kerala stay on 17 points from 23 matches an a victory for Mumbai FC in their last match will guarantee Chirag Kerala is relegated.
ONGC beat Aizawal to qualify for I League
ONGC 1 (Alhassan Abubakr - 38th)
Aizawal 1 (Sumaila Safianu - 30th)
ONGC qualify: Meanwhile in Gangtok, ONGC qualified for next edition's I-League when they played a 1-1 draw against Aizawl FC in their last match. ONGC finished on 22 points from 12 outings. Alhassan Abubakr restored parity for ONGC after Sumaila Safianu had put Aizawl FC in the lead in the 30th minute.
The second place would be finalised when Kolkata's Mohammedan Sporting take on United Sikkim Football Club on Tuesday (April 16). A draw for USFC will earn them a ticket to next edition's I-League while Mohammedan Sporting need a win. USFC stay on 21 points while Mohammedan Sporting are on 20 points. Both teams have played 11 matches each.