Goals from Philip Adjah and Pankaj Moula helped Bhawanipore FC withstand a late fightback from Garhwal FC and seal a 2-1 victory in the I-League Qualifiers here on Wednesday.
The city-based team was very much the favourites, having picked up all three points in its opening game against FC Bengaluru United, while Garhwal entered the tie on the back of two defeats without having found the back of the net.
Garhwal started brightly, playing possession football to put Bhawanipore on the back foot. However, they were undone by a brilliant pass from the halfway line by Arijit Bagui in the eighth minute, as he played a delicate chip over the Garhwal defence.
Ghanian striker Adjah, timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past Sayak Barai, who had no chance in a two-on-one situation.
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