DSK Shivajians stuns East Bengal with a 1-0 win

East Bengal’s fourth defeat on the trot in front of the sparse agitated home crowd only added insult to injury for the Kolkata giant, which got out of the title race.

Paul tirelessly kept on blocking the ball as Robin, Jackichand and Payne pressed hard for the equaliser till the end.   -  Special Arrangement

Jerry Mawihmingthanga’s lone goal and Subrata Paul’s superhuman efforts under the bar enabled eighth-placed DSK Shivajians to stun the third-positioned East Bengal 1-0 in an I-League encounter at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday.

East Bengal’s fourth defeat on the trot in front of the sparse agitated home crowd only added insult to injury for the Kolkata giant, which got out of the title race.

Shivajians made constant efforts upfront to maintain pressure on the East Bengal defence, which took a lot of time to settle down.

The diminutive and hardworking Mawihmingthanga was third time lucky after witnessing a pass coming too late once and his header going wide on another occasion. The alert striker headed in a 30-yard Juan Querro Barraso shot originating from an indirectly taken corner in the 29th minute to put Shivajians ahead.

East Bengal, which made five changes, scripted some good moves towards the later half of the opening period. However, a rock-solid Paul in front of the Shivajians’ goal was too tough to beat.

Robin Singh passed on an accurate and powerful throw-in from Chris Payne but Rowlin Borges’s shot at the goal was stopped well by a swift Paul.

The host again missed an opportunity to draw parity in the 45th minute, when Bikash Jahiru, who made a start after seven months, hit it too softly after having an excellent exchange with Borges.

East Bengal played with purpose and generated numerous chances in the second half. However, the home forwards experienced frustrating times as the Shivajians central defenders, including Sasa Kolunija, remained alert and held it tight.

The biggest source of Shivajians strength in defence was goalkeeper Paul. With his superb reflexes, he was exceptional both in the air and on the ground as he thwarted two threats – Rahul Bheke’s high shot off a Wedson Anselme pass and Payne’s push off a Jackichand Singh cross – past the 50-minute mark.

Paul tirelessly kept on blocking the ball as Robin, Jackichand and Payne pressed hard for the equaliser till the end. Shivajians’ fourth win helped it avenge its home defeat to EB in January.

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