Churchill Brothers FC have suffered back to back defeats of the Hero I-League, their latest being 2-0 loss to East Bengal during their third round tie at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco on Wednesday.
East Bengal held more of the ball possession before opening the scoring in the 31st minute through Thongkhosiem Haokip who headed home a Nikhil Poojary cross.
Their lead was doubled at the stroke of halftime as Lalrindika Ralte’s curling shot from a corner, easily found the net.
It looked like Churchill Brothers would pull one back in the 80th minute, but midfielder Agnelo Colaco struck the post from a Anthony Wolfe diagonal pass.
The win took East Bengal to seven points, two points behind I-League leader Mohun Bagan with nine points, while Churchill Brothers remained rooted to the bottom.
The other Wednesday game took place between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai FC at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Both teams came off the back of consecutive victories, but it was Bengaluru who took maximum points, thanks to CK Vineeth’s superb hat-trick.
In doing so CK Vineeth made history, becoming only the second Indian to record two hat-tricks in the I-league and the first player to score a hat-trick for Bengaluru.
The scoring was opened at the stroke of halftime as the Kerala striker found himself unmarked and able to smash home his first goal.
His second goal in the 57th minute was slotted calmly in from point blank range from a Harmanjot Singh Khabra cross.
CK Vineeth’s third goal, just 8 minutes after his second was scored with a sharp turn and finish as he controlled Khabra’s lob brilliantly. He almost made it four in the 79th minute after his shot came off a Mumbai defender after Nishu Kumar played a good cross.
The win gave Bengaluru nine points and saw them leapfrog over Mohun Bagan.