Johnny Acosta leads Quess East Bengal FC back to winning ways against 10 men Real Kashmir!
Last Updated 5:46 PM 9th March 2020 .
Quess East Bengal FC get back to winning ways with a 1-0 injury time penalty goal against a resilient Real Kashmir FC side who fought hard for 55 minutes with 10 men at the TRC Turf Ground at Srinagar today.
Led by Costa Rican defender Johnny Acosta at the back the Red and Gold brigade looked composed for the first time in the campaign as they managed to hold onto a cleansheet, just the second one for them this season. Asheer Akhtar formed a good partnership with the World Cup star as they managed to keep Robin Singh at bay.
The match was physically contested throughout and Real Kashmir FC side looked to make sure they dominated the midfield with physicality and breaking the passing play of Quess East Bengal FC. The home side however faced a setback in the first half as Danish Farooq was shown a second yellow for simulation in the 38th minute and Real Kashmir FC were down to 10 men with more than 50 minutes to play.
The second half was a similar story like the first half. Quess East Bengal FC controlled most of the possession but failed to penetrate into the final third. Bidyashagar Singh, who got his first start of the I-League campaign this season, was lost between the two foreign defenders.
Coach Mario Rivera introduced Edmund Lalrindika in place of Bidyashagar Singh but the story remained the same. Until in the dying minutes of the game, when Johnny Acosta played a long ball to Juan Mera on the right channel which the Spaniard controlled beautifully and tried to dribble into the box but was brought down by Kashmir’s left back Sena Ralte and referee awarded a penalty in favour of the Red and Gold brigade. Victor Perez Alonso made no mistake in putting the ball at the back of the net from the spot as he scored in back to back matches and ensured all three points for Quess East Bengal FC.
There was drama however after the goal as players of both the teams got involved in a scuffle and it turned ugly with an intruder off the pitch came running in and hit Jaime Santos Colado. The referee managed to calm things down and showed marching orders to Kallum Higginbotham of Real Kashmir FC and Edmund Lalrindika of Quess East Bengal FC for the brawl. Edmund’s return from injury didn’t end well and he will miss the big Derby next weekend.
The game ended 1-0 and the win meant Quess East Bengal FC jump right into the second spot in the league table ahead of Minerva Punjab FC with 23 points but better goal difference.
The Red and Gold brigade are now 6 matches undefeated as they now look forward to face the to-be Champions Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata Derby on Sunday at the Salt Lake Stadium.