Howrah (West Bengal), Dec 9 (IANS) The Indian Arrows went down 2-0 against George Telegraph at the Sailen Manna Stadium here on Wednesday in a Group C encounter in the 123rd IFA Shield.
Stanley Eze opened the scoring in the first half for George Telegraph, while Gautam Das headed in a late goal to seal the three points for the Kolkata-based side.
It was a mixed start for the Arrows, who were playing their second match of the tournament, as they conceded an early penalty just minutes after kick-off. George Telegraph striker Eze stepped up to take the penalty but Arrows keeper Ahan Prakash leapt in the correct direction to palm it away. However, Eze put George Telegraph in the lead a little ahead of the quarter-hour mark when his shot aimed at the bottom corner crept in off the post, despite a touch from the keeper.
The Arrows had a good restart after half-time. However, with around 10 minutes of regulation time left on the clock, Gautam Das headed in a cross to double the lead for George Telegraph.
Vanlalruatfela soon had the chance to pull one back when he broke free down the left and attempted to curl one past the keeper, but the shot was saved.
The Mizo forward made a couple of more inroads late in the game, but could not find the net as the referee brought the match to an end.