Martin scores 200th goal, E Bengal pip Salgaocar
Ranty Martins struck his record 200th goal to inspire East Bengal to a 1-0 win over Salgaocar FC in the I-League football tournament at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan on Wednesday.
The Nigerian forward fired up a strong header into the right side of an open net from the six-yard box after being set up by Robert Lalthlamuana in the 55th minute to notch the record figure in combined I-League and NFL.
Martins, who is also the leading I-League scorer with 15 goals to his tally, took off his jersey to celebrate the milestone only to be handed a warning.
This was a fourth successive loss for the Derrick Pereira-coached side as the seventh placed side are all set to drop further. East Bengal on the other hand moved past Pune FC to occupy fourth place in the table with 23 points from 14 outings. East Bengal could have easily doubled the lead in the 87th minute by cutting open Salgaocar but missed back to back chances. Martins missed in front of an open net after being set up up by Cavin Lobo who later wasted another chance, sending a looping shot towards the far post. The Goan started well and dominated possession in the first quarter but the local heavyweights came into their elements with Martins and Dudu Omagbemi showing perfect co-ordination.
Gurjinder Kumar had the best chance for Salgaocar when Douhou Pierre picked him up brilliantly but only managed to shoot straight towards a fit-again Abhijit Mondal who replaced Luis Barreto.