Gurpreet blunder ensures full points for United Vs East Bengal
Kolkata: Giant killers United Sports Club scored an injury-time goal to register a dramatic 1-0 win over East Bengal in their return leg I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Kayne Vincent cashed in on a rare counter in the third minute of the stoppage time helping his team to climb to third spot in the league standings.
East Bengal goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh committed a harakiri when he decided to join his teammates in the attack when they got a flag-kick which effectively was the last move of the match.
In their desperate bid to score the elusive goal, the East Bengal left their defence unmanned. United stopper Justin made a clearance and Vincent latched on to it as he made a sprint towards the opponent goal. East Bengal side-back Saumik Dey made a last ditch attempt to avert the danger but the New Zealand forward coolly slotted the ball into the rival net much to the despair of the partisan crowd.
Coach Trevor Morgan defended Gurpreet for the blunder, saying he had instructed the goalkeeper to run into the attack but blamed his defenders for the folly.
Having lost three points at home, it was a disaster of sorts for last year`s runners-up`s title aspiration as they remained three points behind leaders Dempo (37), who next play Mumbai FC in the round 18.
The setback for the Kolkata giants came four days ahead of their return leg derby clash against Mohun Bagan.
United thus continued their giant killing spree with wins over Dempo and Mohun Bagan as they shot themselves to third place with 32 points.
United coach Sanjoy Sen described this as their best win of the season.
East Bengal supporters went berserk after the win as they protested outside the stadium not allowing the players to leave the venue and the police had to resort to mild lathicharge to get things under control.