Sporting beat EB to win Under-19 tourney of I-League teams
Kolkata: Sporting Clube de Goa might have been relegated from the I-League but the Goan side emerged under-19 champions beating East Bengal 4-2 in tiebreaker in the final of the tournament for I-League teams here on Monday.
The match was settled in the penalty shoot out after a goalless stalemate prevailed in the regulation as well as additional time of 30 minutes.
Last year’s runners up, Sporting, enjoyed a late advantage but failed to capitalise on it when the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 87th minute after referee showed marching orders to Uttam Das.
Both the sides earned fair amount of scoring chances but poor finishing on either end marred the prospect of a goal.
In the tie-breaker, all Sporting players -? Pedro Gonsalves, Reliston Fernandes, Pritam Ningthoujam and Joston Pareira -? were on target while for East Bengal, Bhim Oraon and Arijit Singh could only find back of the net as Abhijit Sarkar shot over and Sumit Ghosh’s found the horizontal bar.