East Bengal finally made the right moves to beat a lacklustre Odisha FC 3-1 and secure their first win in their debut Indian Super League season on Sunday.
In the battle of the two bottom-placed teams, the Red-and-Gold scored through Anthony Pilkington (12th) and Jacques Maghoma (39th) to give them a 2-0 cushion at half time at the Tilak Maidan in Goa.
The Kolkata heavyweights maintained their high intensity before their latest Nigerian recruit Bright Enobakhare sealed the issue with a terrific 88th minute strike.
Odisha FC (two points) pulled one back through Diego Mauricio in the injury time (90+3rd minute), but it was not enough as they suffered a sixth defeat to remain at the bottom of the 11-team table, winless in last eight matches.
East Bengal’s win in their first ISL season came in their eighth match as they climbed to ninth place, while Odisha remained winless.
Everything fell in place for the Robbie Fowler-coached side from the start.
The ball bounced in towards the far post where Pilkington capitalised on a defensive lapse to rise above the man at the far post before calmly heading it in.
East Bengal went on to double their lead with Matti Steinmann providing the assist to Maghoma who made a powerful run and got past two OFC defenders before making a fine finish from an acute angle.
Enobakhare came in place of Maghoma in the 73rd minute and the 22-year-old Nigerian scored on his debut in what was a fine team effort by the SCEB forwards.