United SC pip East Bengal for maiden IFA Shield triumph

This was the young Kolkata team's second big win after their 2010 Durand Cup triumph.

updated: March 20, 2013 21:36 IST
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Kolkata: United SC rode on Ranty Martins' second-half strike to pip defending champions East Bengal and break their 14-match unbeaten run for their maiden IFA Shield title in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The purple brigade also avenged their last year's loss in the Shield final as Man of the Match Martins' 80th minute goal denied overwhelming favourites East Bengal a record 25th title.

In the repeat of last year's final which East Bengal had won on penalties, the giants looked like a shadow of their former self as they missed opportunities while Chidi's injury proved to be a big blow.

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