ISL: Ogbeche hat-trick leads NorthEast United to goal-fest win over Chennaiyin
Ogbeche starred for NorthEast United FC as they upstaged reigning Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC in a seven-goal spectacle at the Marina Arena in Chennai on Thursday.Star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (29', 37', 39') scored the second-fastest hat-trick in the ISL and his three goals meant NEUFC has levelled the match in the first half itself.It was a goal-fest in the first half with Rowllin Borges own goal (4') and Thoi Singh brace (15', 32') had propping Chennaiyin FC up. Borges would then make amends for his mistake by netting the match-winner early in the second half.Without a win in two games, the hosts started the match with urgency and were rewarded with an early goal after they forced a corner in the fourth minute. Issac Vanmalsawma whipped a devilish delivery in and Borges inadvertently headed it into his own net from inside the six-yard box.Bartholomew Ogbeche led from the front and inspired @NEUtdFC to an incredible come-from-behind victory over @ChennaiyinFC tonight.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxvu6i #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #CHENEU #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/acZOaprLDEIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 18, 2018Though NorthEast started dominating possession, it was Chennaiyin who struck again. In the 15th minute, Jerry Lalrinzuala spotted Issac's run down the left and sent in a wonderful through-ball for the winger to latch on to. Issac surged forward and squared the ball for Thoi who finished the move.The Highlanders pulled a goal back minutes before the half an hour mark after the energetic Federico Gallego managed to get a shot on target. Goalkeeper Karanjit Singh saved the shot but could not hold on to the ball and Ogbeche capitalised on the offering and slotted it into the far corner.advertisementChennaiyin, however, restored their two-goal advantage within minutes. Raphael Augusto wriggled free of his markers down the left wing and got to the touchline. His square-ball was bundled in by Thoi at the near post.The see-saw nature of the game continued but it was NorthEast who took the game by the scruff of its neck. Ogbeche came into his own and struck once again to pull the Highlanders level.First, he outjumped Francisco Fernandes to meet Borges' cross and steered it home. Minutes later, he met Gallego's wonderful through ball and rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a quick-fire hat-trick to help @NEUtdFC register a victory over reigning champions @ChennaiyinFC . He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #CHENEU pic.twitter.com/oIIUCc7zoyIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 18, 2018NorthEast continued their ascendancy after the break and soon went into the lead. Gallego found Reagan Singh down the right wing. His cross was blocked and Borges latched on to the loose ball on the edge of the area and swept a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.Chennaiyin pressed hard for a way back into the game but NorthEast showed composure to hold on to their advantage.Chennaiyin coach John Gregory threw on Jeje Lalpekhlua in a bid to conjure up an equaliser. He almost got on the end of a header from Andrea Orlandi in added time but just could not steer it in as Eelco Schattorie's team held on to register a famous victory.