Howrah Football Ground at 3 P.M
GOKULAM FC START THEIR DURAND CUP JOURNEY WITH A THUMPING WIN OVER CHENNAIYIN FC
Barely into the 23rd minute of the match, Gokulam FC defender Andre Ettienne, a Trinidad and Tobago import, makes a heavy tackle on Rohmingthanga of Chennaiyin FC in the penalty box. Referee denies CFC a penalty much to the team’s chagrin.
An early lead for CFC would have changed the course of the game, for the scoreboard, at the end of 90 minutes, read 4-0 in favour of Gokulam. This came largely due to the contribution of the team’s no. 10 jersey, Marcus Joseph, who made a hat-trick. His first goal came at the 39th minute.
In the second half, Joseph got his second goal of the match through a penalty in the 66th minute. His third would come ten minutes later in the 76th minute. The other goal would come off the boots of Henry Kisseka, in the 68th minute.
Though the match will be remembered for Joseph’s on-field antics, this has been one of the fairest games in the tournament, with the sole yellow card coming in the fag end of the match in the 85th minute, with GKFC’s Jestin George being at the receiving end.
Gokulam will play against Air Force on August 14, while Chennaiyin meet Trau on August 16. Today’s venue, Howrah stadium, will play host to both these matches as well.