Ogbeche’s late stunner takes NorthEast to third spot

A late 30 yard strike by Bartholomew Ogbeche helped the highlanders pick all three points propelling them to the 3rd position

A late 30 yard strike by Bartholomew Ogbeche helped the highlanders pick all three points propelling them to the 3rd position as they inflicted a tenth defeat of the season on Chennaiyin FC.

NorthEast started with the prolific duo of Ogbeche and Federico Gallego upfront while Chennaiyin FC opted to hand a start to only four foreign players. C.K.Vineeth and Halicharan Narzary, who have joined Chennaiyin on loan from Kerala Blasters, made it into the starting XI.

It was the visitors who started better and could have taken the lead in the eighth minute as Raphael Augusto danced his way into the opposition box. However, his final shot was weak and off target.

Thereafter, it was a case of one way traffic with the hosts seeing a lot of the ball. Gallego’s short corner found Lalthathanga Khawlhring who sent the ball back for the Uruguayan. The NorthEast United striker, in ample space inside the box, dropped his shoulder but his angled effort went over the bar. Just before the half hour mark, Gallego’s corner was punched clear by Karanjit Singh. Khawlhring’s cross into the box found Rowllin Borges whose header lacked power and direction as another chance went begging.

Also Read: Top-Tier football returns to Mumbai as 2nd placed Islanders host league leaders Bengaluru FC 

In the 37th minute, Ogbeche and Borges combined with the latter laying it for Redeem Tlang but the 23-year-old’s effort blazed over, much to the disappointment of coach Eelco Schattorie. After the break, NorthEast had a half chance when Reagan Singh’s cross from the right found Ogbeche whose first touch was a tad too heavy. Borges picked up the pieces inside the box but his short was wayward to say the least.

The Highlanders had a couple of free-kicks around the hour mark. Gallego’s angled low shot was kept out by Laldinliana Renthlei. This was soon followed by another opportunity when Gallego tried to chip the ball but his shot missed the target.

NorthEast were unlucky to not have taken the lead when Tondonba Singh made a goal-line clearance from a Tlang effort after Karanjit didn’t clear the ball well from a corner. From the ensuring corner, Borges’s header was collected only on the second attempt by a shaky Karanjit.

However, it was Karanjit who made a point blank save in the 81st minute to deny Ogbeche whose header was on its way in from a corner. The breakthrough finally came in the 87th minute as Ogbeche’s wonder-shot found the back of the net. The Nigerian’s left footed strike from around 30 yards nestled into the net giving no chance to Karanjit whatsoever.

-Courtesy ISL media

Also Read: Edu Garcia stars with goal on debut as ATK-Blasters clash end in stalemate
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football.

MDFA 1st Division side Madanpura Sports Club soon to host trials

With football gradually returning, Mumbai based Madanpura Sports Club are slated to conduct trials for the upcoming season. Madanpura Sports Club is the Junior team of Bombay Muslims SC, who…

Share

Feugo Tormento FC to host trials for MDFA 1st Division

Newly promoted Feugo Tormento FC are set to revamp their squad for the 2020-21 MDFA 1st Division tournament. After a rampant past season, Feugo Tormento was promoted to the 1st…

Share

Regal FC trials postponed to April

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC has postponed their upcoming trials to a new tentative date in April, amidst the Corona Virus outbreak Regal football Club had earlier announced…

Share

Mumbai Marines FC to hold trials for MDFA 1st Division

Newly promoted side Mumbai Marines FC are on the lookout for players for the upcoming season of the MDFA 1st Division, the club announced. After a successful MDFA 2nd Division…

Share

Regal FC to conduct trials for 3rd Division campaign

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC will be conducting a two day football trials for city footballers for their upcoming season Regal football Club has announced that they…

Share

GKW Rangers FC to conduct YPL U14 and 3rd Division trials

Mumbai based GKW Rangers FC will conduct trials for its MDFA 3rd division side as well as its U14 age group team that competes in MDFA Yuva Premier League U14….

Share

Rhino Sports Academy to conduct trials on March 15th

Mumbai based Rhino Sports Academy will be conducting trials for its upcoming seasons of MDFA 1st Division and MDFA 3rd Division Rhino Sports Academy will be fielding a side each…

Share

OSCAR SSE to conduct age group trials for its 2020-21 Season Elite Program

OSCAR SSE, a 2 star AIFF Accredited Academy, will be conducting age group trials (U13, U15 and U18 players) to induct in its Elite Program for 2020-21 season All the…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct 2nd round of trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting their 2nd round of trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 29nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 22nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be fielding a team in…

Share