JCT hold Bagan to 3-3 draw

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

JCT Mills, Phagwara, staged a brilliant second half rally to neutralise a George Ekeh hattrick and hold title-holders Mohun Bagan 3-3 in a thrilling seventh Nat

JCT hold Bagan to 3-3 draw

Kolkata:

JCT Mills, Phagwara, staged a brilliant second half rally to neutralise a George Ekeh hattrick and hold title-holders Mohun Bagan 3-3 in a thrilling seventh National Football League exchange. The visitors, who looked insipid in the opening half to fall behind 0-2, took advantage of a porous Bagan defence and raised their game by several notches in the latter session to pump in three goals and snatch their first point in the tournament. Bagan's Nigerian recruit George Ekeh earlier fired the first hattrick of the current edition of the high profile league, when he found the target in the fourth and 32nd minutes of the first half and followed them up with another strike 15 minutes after changeover. For the JCT Mills, Harvinder Singh scored a brace while Ghanaian K Yeboah netted once in the Salt Lake stadium match. The local side, which looked formidable in the first half weaving patterns through fine passing among Jose Bareto, Ekeh and Baichung Bhutia, faded out in the later stages of the second half when JCT held sway over the proceedings. Bagan, who now have five points from three outings, also paid for a sloppy defence, which left large gaps and looked agonisingly slow in reacting, besides being out of position on several occasions. (PTI)

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