East Bengal Club have defeated reining I-League champions Dempo SC to win the 34th Federation Cup 2012 in a closely contested final.
Dempo skipper Climax Lawrence opened the scoresheet in the 51st minute off a throw-in by Debabrata Roy.
But East Bengal quickly levelled the score just nine minutes later when a well-placed header by Arnab Mondal found the back of the net.
Both teams failed to decide the match in their favour in regulation time and the final went on into extra-time.
Young India striker Manandeep Singh put the Kolkata side in the lead and gave the “Red & Gold” camp an advantage in the remaining minutes of the game.
Chidi Edeh finally sealed the win for East Bengal with a fine finish to the delight of the East Bengal fans, although Mahesh Gawli pulled one back to reduce the margin two minutes later.
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34th FEDERATION CUP 2012
at Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri
EAST BENGAL CLUB 3-2 DEMPO SC
0-1 Climax Lawrence (52′)
1-1 Arnab Mondal (61′)
2-1 Manandeep Singh (101′)
3-1 Chidi Edeh (110′)
3-2 Mahesh Gawli (112′)
East Bengal Club
1-Abhijit Mondal; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, ?-Raju Eknath Gaekwad, ?-Arnab Mondal, 29-Soumik Dey; 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra (91′ 21-Lalrindika Ralte), 14-Mehtab Hussain [C], 18-Penn Ikechukwu Orji, 35-Ishfaq Ahmed; 10-Chidi Edeh (114′ ?-Robert Lalthlamuana), 26-Manandeep Singh
4-Uga Okpara, 6-Baljit Singh Sahni, 15-Sanju Pradhan, 16-Gurwinder Singh
1-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 4-Creson Antao, 2-Debabrata Roy; 14-Anthony Pereira (97′ 25-Romeo Fernandes), 8-Climax Lawrence [C] (103′ ?-Godwin Franco), 6-Peter Carvalho, 15-Clifford Miranda (80′ ?-Ryuji Sueoka); 11-Koko Sakibo, 17-Joaquim Abranches
77′ Anthony Pereira (Dempo SC)
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