Goa: SC East Bengal failed to register their first victory in the Indian Super League Jeakson Singh headed in at the last moment on Sunday (December 20) finishing with the score 1-1 against Kerala Blasters.
Both the teams were looking for their maiden win of the tournament. East Bengal started the match brightly and even created better chances throughout. Coach Robbie Fowler started with Anthony Pilkington at the top of the Kolkata side and the Englishman was producing goods from the first minute.
The deadlock was broken in the 13th minute after Bakary Kone scored an own goal. East Bengal attacked through the wings and Mohammed Rafique slotted the ball inside the box and Koné slotted the ball on his own net giving the opposition the lead. Kerela tried hard for everything but failed to capitalise on the final third.
But two changes in the second half changed the game for Kibu Vicuna’s side. Sahal Abdul Samad and Jordan Murry came in the second half and changed the course of the match for Kerala. One Murry shot was blocked brilliantly by East Bengal’s keeper Debjit Majumdar or else it would have been the equaliser.
However, when everyone thought SC East Bengal would go home with three points, Jeakson headed the equaliser in the 95th minute to dash all hopes for Fowler’s men. The Liverpool legend had a good strategy on the day but he lacked plan B.
He needs to input frontline players when he saw that Kerala was struggling to keep pace with them. But this has their story this season. They are still hunting for one victory to kick start the season.