Roy Krishna as soon as once more spelled his magic on the excessive profile Kolkata derby by scoring one and helping in one other two as ATK Mohun Bagan walked away with a one-sided 3-1 win over SC East Bengal within the ISL, right here on Friday.
Within the 100th yr of Kolkata derby, Roy Krishna drew first blood within the 15th minute in a dominating begin by the Mariners however a blip noticed Tiri unintentionally head into his personal web (41st) from a Raju Gaikwad throw-in as each groups headed into the break 1-1.
But it surely was a powerhouse show by the Mariners within the second half with the Fijian star marksman all around the pitch.
Roy Krishna magically intercepted a brief cross by SCEB captain Daniel Fox at shut vary earlier than David Williams discovered the again of the online with an ideal end (72nd).
There was extra to the distress of SCEB as they conceded a 3rd one within the 89th minute with Roy Krishna establishing with a scientific cross to Javi Hernandez from the precise to safe their fifth win on the trot and second successive derby win of the season.
ATK Mohun Bagan, who downed Jamshedpur FC by a solitary purpose of their earlier outing, thus consolidated their place on the high additional with 39 factors from 18 matches.
It additionally meant that they went 5 factors away from second-placed Mumbai FC, brightening their likelihood to stroll away with the League Winners’ Protect and sealing the AFC Champions League slot.
Having seen their extremely defensive strategy break in by Roy krishna’s incisive raids, the Purple-and-Gold began wanting harmful with set-pieces however have been fully outplayed by the Antonio Lopez Habas-coached facet.
Roy Krishna’s sturdy management and ending talent was on supply early into the beginning when he sprinted in the direction of purpose, dribbled previous the goalkeeper Subrata Paul and located the again of the online from the evening for his sixth purpose in as many matches.
After the cooling break, the Purple and Gold Brigade all of a sudden appeared harmful with their set-pieces and it was Tiri who turned the offender to present a gowl to their rivals.
It appeared Tiri was blocked by their central defender Sandesh Jhingan as he couldn’t view ball correctly to get the deflection into his personal web.
But it surely didn’t matter a lot as Roy Krishna toyed with SCEB’s fragile defence and arrange the 2 targets for Williams and Javi.
“We knew how harmful they could possibly be from set-pieces, however we’re glad that we bounced again after the personal purpose. We confirmed the character within the second half,” Roy Krishna mentioned.
With two video games left for them, the Fijian urged the crew to remain grounded.
“It is big sure, however cannot get carried away and take one match at a time,” Roy Krishna added.
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