Cuttack, Oct 3, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) East Bengal for the first time defended Federation Cup title beating their bitterest rivals Mohun Bagan 1-0 by R Vashum’s second half goal in the summit clash of the 32nd edition at the floodlit Barabati Stadium on Saturday night.
Former Hull city official Trevor James Morgan, who took coaching of Kolkata giants recently, celebrated his 63rd birthday with first trophy in India debut and hailed his players, who looked a disjointed side in the first session.
Captain Soumik Dey said the win was gift to club supporters in home and elsewhere a puja gift.
For Stanley Rozario, the Mohun Bagan coach, Federation Cup continued to remain elusive though he was too close to the shinning trophy for second straight year.
The Bangalorean, who was booted on his first stint in Kolkata after failing East Bengal in the semifinals to Mohun Bagan in tie breaker in 2008 Federation Cup, failed in 2009 in Assam when his side Lajong FC lost to East Bengal via tie breaker in the final.
East Bengal playing the 14th final of India’s second most prestigious cup after I-L, scripted the seventh time win with Manipur’s R Vashum whose right footer in the 53rd minute clinched the game.
The former Churchill Brothers’ player, who switched over this season to East Bengal to test his skill under crowd pressure, gently flicked to right of Shilton Paul to earn winner over the bitterest rivals in football.
The goal was perhaps a flaw of Mohun Bagan defence as an aerial ball from Mehtab Hossain was collected by Robin Singh without having any opposition and gave a lateral pass to unmarked Vashum to finish Mohun Bagan in the first derby of 2010.
The win also opened the gate for East Bengal to play in the Asian circuit tournament as winners of I-L and Federation Cup.
East Bengal looked a disjointed side in the first half.
Barring getting a penalty kick on the 20th minute, Mohun Bagan were largely aggressive.
In first six minutes Mohun Bagan made three attacks , but poor shot and to some extent luck did not click for them.
Against the mood of the play East Bengal earned a penalty kick and as usual Ozbey Tolgay shot on far post to deny his side an early lead.
Tolgay was fouled by defender Dhanarajan inside the box and Gujarat referee Dinesh Nair wistled for spot kick.
The Australian at his benchmark style shot at his left post and made his coach on the sideline to shriek.
Tolgay though was match winner in the semifinal play against Churchill Brothers shot near to goalkeepeer, who had no problem to deny East Bengal win on better margin.
His taking shot and failing on both counts would definitely be an agenda in the discussion of East Bengal strategists and players at home.
Mohun Bagan were reduced to ten in last minutes of the play after Subair Muritala Ali was shown two yellow card for offences in a span of 20 minutes.
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