ISL Pre-season friendlies: SC East Bengal beat Kerala Blasters, all results and fixtures
Indian Super League (ISL) newboys SC East Bengal, on Tuesday, beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 in a pre-season friendly fixture.
New signings Anthony Pilkington and Yumnam Gopi Singh were on the scoresheet as the Red and Golds took the field in what was Robbie Fowler’s first match in charge.
With ten days left for the Indian Super League (ISL) to start, almost all the clubs have been playing friendly matches amongst themselves in order to build up their fitness.
Ex-Norwich City midfielder Pilkington scored a brace for East Bengal but former Celtic star Gary Hooper scored for Kerala Blasters to turn the tie on its head. Yumnam Gopi Singh, former ATK FC youngster, added a third for the Kolkata side to round off the scoring for the day.
Kerala Blasters started with an all-Indian line-up as Kibu Vicuna’s side were without three of their foreigners in Bakary Kone, Facundo Pereyra and Jordan Murray. The remaining four foreign stars, Hooper, Vicente Gomez, Costa Nhamoinesu and Sergio Cidoncha, took the field in the second half.
Mohammed Irshad was unavailable for East Bengal after picking up a niggle in training. However, all six foreigners got important minutes under their belt with Aaron Holloway coming on in the second half to replace Pilkington.
Elsewhere, Mumbai City FC edged paste Odisha FC 3-2 in a high-scoring affair while the match between NorthEast United FC and Jamshedpur FC finished in a goalless draw.
For Mumbai, Rowllin Borges and Bartholomew Ogbeche scored on either side of an Hendry Antonay own goal while Marcelinho and Nandhakumar Sekar scored for Odisha.
October 25: Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC
October 30: Kerala Blasters 0-0 Mumbai City
November 1: FC Goa 3-2 Jamshedpur FC
November 2: Mumbai City 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 7: Bengaluru FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC
November 8: FC Goa 3-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 10: Odisha FC 2-3 Mumbai City
November 10: NEUFC 0-0 Jamshedpur FC
November 10: SC East Bengal 3-1 Kerala Blasters
November 11: FC Goa vs Hyderabad FC
November 13: Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City
November 14: Kerala vs Jamshedpur FC
November 14: FC Goa vs ATK Mohun Bagan
November 15: Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC