The first of the three Hero I-League matches that took place on Sunday was between Shillong Lajong and Churchill Brothers and ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The round seven match was Shillong’s fourth successive win this season, taking them to 12 points from seven matches and seeing them jump to fourth spot of the league table.
Shillong started the match on a confident note and dominated possession with Asier Pierrick Dipanda Dicka scoring the solitary goal of the game that came from nowhere in the 51st minute.
East Bengal extended their winning streak to six matches after beating Chennai City 3-0 at the Barasat Stadium in Kolkata, to restore their 3 point lead at the top of the league table.
After a goalless first half, the opener came just after the break when a smart lob from Lalrindika Ralte reached Wedson Anselme who made no mistake and found the far post. Willis Plaza doubled the lead in the 75th minute.
But the icing on the cake came during the dying minute of injury time when East Bengal earned a penalty after Boithang Haokip was brought down Anyichie Echezona inside the box. Ralte scored from the spot to give Shillong all 3 points.
Meanwhile DSK Shivajians held defending champions Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 41st minute after Holicharan Narzary scored the first half of a brace, scoring again in the 55th minute, to give them a 2 goal lead.
Sunil Chetri pulled one back in the 75th minute and Salam Ranjan Singh equalised in the 90th minute.
The draw kept DSK in sixth position after six games, with 6 points while defending champions Bengaluru have 10 points.