New Delhi:Refereeing error, comebacks, late goal, the final of the Osian's 121st Durand Cup had all the ingredients for a potboiler as Mahindra United pipped Churchill Brothers 3-2 through an extra-time goal to clinch the title at the Ambedkar Stadium on Sunday.
In the process they also avenged last year's 0-1 final loss to the same opposition and earn their first Durand title since 2001 and their third overall.
K Thoi Singh, who replaced Izumi Arata in the 97th minute, put the finishing touches a couple of minutes later, when he got to the end of a cross from K Ajayan and placed his left-footer past Churchill Brothers' goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
However, the Goan side has every reason to feel aggrieved after a blunder from referee A Arjunan saw Edeh Chidi score his second goal of the match. He took his tournament's tally to five and grabbed the award for highest scorer.
The game was poised 1-1 after Chidi's 20th minute header had negated Robert Lalthlamuana's strike eight minutes earlier.
Mahindra United were awarded a free-kick in the 32nd minute and Douhou Pierre, the Ivorian who was instrumental in setting up the equaliser from another set piece, played it short for Chidi to place his left-footer to the far corner.
Churchill Brothers were busy setting up the wall when Arjunan blew the whistle for the free-kick to be taken. Despite protests from the Goan team, the referee awarded the goal to Mahindra United.