Bengaluru FC closed it’s I-League season with it’s fourth consecutive win after downing Churchill Brothers 3-0 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.
Ahead of the Hero Federation Cup which kicks-off on May 7, Bengaluru coach Albert Roca rested four players, skipper Sunil Chhetri, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, John Johnson and Cameron Watson, instead playing five U-22 players.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 5th minute after Gursimrat Gill, played down the right from a quickly taken free kick, sent in a cross that Daniel Lalhlimpuia tapped home on the volley.
Udanta Singh doubled the lead in the 35th minute with a goal from a tight angle.
Madar Rao Dessai sealed the win for the hosts sending a long ball forward for Lenny Rodrigues to attack. The midfielder cut it back for Salam Ranjan to pass to the onrushing Dessai, who took a touch and then another before sending a curling shot past the Churchill goalie.
The result sees the outgoing champions Bengaluru finish the season at fourth position with 30 points from 18 matches.
Mumbai were denied a point in their final I-League game after East Bengal thrashed the hosts 4-0 at Cooperage Ground on Saturday evening.
Baikash Jairu put the visitors in the lead in the 7th minute with a left footed shot that left Laxmikant Kattimani stunned.
Willis Plaza struck a brace scoring in the 40th and 68th minute. The first of his strikes was a stunner at the near post, the second scored from outside the box and hit the bottom left corner.
Wedson Anselme also got his name on the score sheet in the 62nd minute as a pass from Bikash Jairu finds Anselme and the Haitian made no mistake in storming the ball into the net.
The disjointed home side pressed hard to find the equaliser but couldn’t get back into the game and the match ended looking like they were going to finish in last place on the league table.