Chittagong: Chittagong Abahani Limited beat East Bengal 3-1 in the final, to lift the title in Sheikh Kamal International Club Club 2015 at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong here on Friday evening.
Eleta Kingsley brace on either side of the pitch and assisted in Hemonto Biswas Vincent’s goal, which proved to be enough for the hosts to pull off a comfortable victory in the summit clash, after East Bengal taken the lead through a own goal came from Rezaul Karim.
East Bengal went into the tie with an unchanged side from the team that started against Dhaka Mohammedan in the semi-final on Wednesday, with Do Dong hyun once again started on bench.
It was a big mistake from Bishwajit Bhattacharya’s end, having played the semi-final only 24 hours prior, the red and golds looked tired throuh out, failing to match the hosts in speed.
Enjoying the full backing of over 40000-strong crowd, Chittagong Abahani started the proccedings as the brighter of two, but against run of play it was the visitors who drew the first blood in the 11th minute, when a Avinabo Bag shot took deflection off Abahani defender Rezaul Karim on its way to the back of the net.
Aterwards, East Bengal missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage, when Mohammed Rafique saw his header from a Avinabo Bag corner cleared by Sohel Rana in the 27th minute.
Chittagong Abahani did not fall far behind in terms of attack index, as they came close of finding the equaliser with Mithun Chowdhury, but the Bangladesh international saw his shot going wide of the target in the 32nd minute.
However, putting the error behind Mithun crossed thd ball for Kingsley during stoppage time and the Nigerian made no mistake in heading the ball into the net, which saw the teams went for break locked 1-1.
After change of ends, Chittagong Abahani almost wrapped the final with a couple of quick goals came from Kingsley and Hemonto Biswas Vincent in just three minutes.
First one came in the 54th minute when Kingsley beat Bello Rasaq with speed before slotting the ball home.
After having a rathe quiet tournament prior to the finale, it was Hemonto’s turn to get his name on the score-sheet three minutes later, with a brilliant header from a Kingsley cross to put his team in the drivier’s seat for rest of the proccedings.
Meanwhile, during the reaminder of the half, East Bengal had few half chances to minimize the margin through Rafique and Avinash Ruidas but the Abahani defence stood strong, and did not allow the visitors any space from where they could sneak into the game for a late comeback.
The final scoreline read 3-1 in favour of Chittagong Abahani.
Photo Credits: Bangladesh Football Federation