East Bengal beat ITI 3-1

Favourites East Bengal overwhelm Indian Telephone Industries 3-1 in a National Football League match.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Displaying superiority in all departments of the game, favourites East Bengal overwhelmed Indian Telephone Industries 3-1 in a National Football League match here today. Shasty Duley put Bengal in the lead in the 17th minute after intercepting a lob from Alvito D'cunha. Even as the ITI custodian Balaji came forward to grasp the ball, Duley deceived him and pushed the ball into the net. Bengal's agile forward Suley Musah increased the tally when he fired in a goal in a solo effort in the 35th minute. Musah, who took control of a pass from D'cunha, gave no chance to the ITI defenders and the shot landed in the net. However, ITI managed to pull one back through their Ghanian import Ibrahim Karim Alhasan in the 60th minute. Though ITI made a couple of good attempts later, they could not convert those. But the Kolkata outfit consolidated their position when striker Mike Okoro scored the third goal in the 83rd minute in a solo effort. With the victory, Bengal increased their points tally to 24 from ten engagements while ITI has only three points. (PTI)