SC East Bengal’s agonising wait for his or her first ever Indian Tremendous League victory continued after conceding a stoppage time objective to be held 1-1 by Kerala Blasters FC on the GMC Stadium right here on Sunday.
In a battle between two winless groups, Bakary Kone’s personal objective gave SCEB a 16th minute lead.
The Kolkata giants practically secured their maiden ISL win from six matches however there was drama and coronary heart break in retailer for the Robbie Fowler-coached aspect when it conceded the equaliser with much less a minute left earlier than the ultimate whistle.
The 19-year-old Jeakson Singh headed the ball out of Debjit Majumder’s attain from a implausible cross by Abdul Samad because the objective was an effort by two promising Indian substitutes who got here in on the break to handle a rescue act for the Kibu Vicuna-coached aspect.
The outcome meant each groups remained winless after six matches however SC East Bengal (two factors) managed to got here out of backside, overtaking Odisha FC on objective distinction within the 11-team standings.
KBFC remained at ninth place with three factors.
East Bengal regarded the higher group within the first half with Anthony Pilkington taking part in as sole ahead making some high-quality raids, whereas Jacques Maghoma and Mohammed Rafique too made some spectacular strikes.
Rafique raided the Kerala field taking a by means of ball from Maghoma and squared it for a surging Pilkington on his left.
However a determined Kone tried to intercept in between solely to slip the ball into his personal internet, handing the ISL debutants their third objective from six matches.
Promising teen Sahal Abdul Samad’s substitution on the break gave Kerala the much-needed spark within the assault however the red-and-gold maintained their slender lead until the disastrous final minute.
The 23-year-old got here near scoring first within the 66th minute when he took the possession from a Nishu Kumar from the shut vary however his highly effective shot ballooned over the bar.
5 minutes later, Kerala Blasters nearly scored the equaliser when Sahal headed the ball to Jordan Murray contained in the field and the Aussie unleashed his highly effective strike.
However the Robbie Fowler-coached aspect made a fortunate escape with Debjit Majumder making a stellar save by a robust arm to deflect the ball out for a nook.
Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Albino Gomes additionally made a few sensible saves, the perfect got here within the 87th minute when his finger contact denied Maghoma as SC East Bengal got here too shut however remained far.
Earlier, the Kolkata heavyweights in pursuit of their maiden ISL win bought the large increase with captain Danny Fox getting back from an damage lay-off after his damage towards Mumbai Metropolis FC.