Gokulam Kerala FC ended its triptych winless run with an emphatic 3-1 win over home favorite East Bengal in an I-League match at the Kalyani Stadium here on Wednesday. Gokulam missed two players due to suspension in the previous loss against Chennai City FC, and six new names. That helped the first win after being unsuccessful for more than a month.
East Bengal started positively but failed to convert some early chances. Gokulam was more successful in his approach and found the lead 21 minutes into the match when Henry Kisekka grabbed a Naocha Singh assist for the home front. The host quickly came back into play with Kassim Aidara finding the equalizer in the 27th minute after a rebound.
Just before the break, a blunder by Marti Crespi saw East Bengal lagging behind again when the Spanish defender hit the ball into his own net to silence about 9,000 home fans.
Despite dominating the procedure after the break, East Bengal received another blow in the 65th minute when Kisekka released Captain Marcus Joseph, who found the target of a second attempt after his first was blocked by the East Bengal goalkeeper.
The result: East Bengal 1 (Kassim Aidara 27) lost to Gokulam Kerala FC 3 (Henry Kisekka 21, Marti Crespi 45 + 1-og, Marcus Joseph 65).
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