Chirag United, HAL start I-L with win

Kolkata/Gurgaon, Dec 4, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Chirag United began their I-League campaign with a 2-1 win over new outfit AIFF XI in the opener at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Friday.

Striker Elijah Junior’s brace put Chirag United on top, while Lalrindika Ralte booted home a lone goal for the Desmond Bulpin-coached side.

It was a good start for the recent Durand Cup champions as former Sporting Clube de Goa frontliner Elijah Junior found the target off Joshimar Da Silva Martins’s pass in the 3rd minute. The AIFF youngsters leveled the terms in the 21st minute through Lalrindika. His volley from the 30 yards was too good for the opponent custodian.

The combination of Junior and Joshimar once again did the trick for the Subrata Bhattacharya coached side as Junior netted the winner at the stroke of half time to double Chirag’s lead. Joshimar essayed a pass to Junior, who made no mistake to notch up the winning goal.

The score stayed 2-1 in favour of the hosts as they accumulated three important points from their first tie. Junior was later adjudged ‘’Man of the Match’’ for his inspiring performance.

East Bengal will take on their opener against Mumbai ONGC, also a new promotee in the 14-team I-L.

Coach Trevor James Morgan said his boys are ready to take on the marathon league championship in right earnest to do better this time.

A report from Gurgaon said HAL, Bangalore, started off with a win at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium edging past JCT by a solitary goal in the opening day of the I-League 2010-11.

Xavier Vijay Kumar, who was later declared the ‘’Man of the Match’’ scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute as Garden City boys produced the first upset of the I-League.

HAL promoted this year to the premier division along with Mumbai ONGC, and AIFF XI are the new addition in lieu of Mahindra United, which have been wind after 2009-10 edition.

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