Nigerian forward Raphael Onwrebe scored a hat-trick in a 10-goal thriller in the 16th round of the Bangladesh Premier League as Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club defeated Arambagh Krira Sangha 6-4 in an eventful encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Monday.
Meanwhile, a second-half goal by Mohammad Abdullah helped Chittagong Abahani Limited move solely at the top of the points table after the new powerhouse edged Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society 1-0 in the day's first match at the same venue. Chittagong Abahani now have a two-point lead over Sheikh Jamal at the top of the standing with 39 points and the results also saw Sheikh Jamal leapfrog overnight joint leader Dhaka Abahani Limited to second.
The Sheikh Jamal-Arambagh match was full of incidents as it not only produced the most number of goals in a game this season but also witnessed clash of words between Arambagh officials and referee Sujit Banarjee Chandan during the halftime break. Arambagh's head of delegation Mominul Haque Sayeed blamed the referee for denying his side a goal for off-side and “presenting” the opponent the third goal which they claimed to be a handball. The consequence saw the start of the second-half delayed by 10 minutes.
Raphael however, was the star of the day as he scored all of Sheikh Jamal's three goals in the first half to score his second treble in the league this season, as well as take his name to the top of the leading scorers’s list with 11 goals, thanks to the shaky defence of Arambagh.
After Raphael opened the scoring in the eighth minute, Robiul Hasan and Shahrier Bappy netted in the 16th and 22nd minute to give Arambagh the lead before Raphael restored parity in the 40th minute. Sumon Ali put Arambagh ahead again three minutes later but Raphael equalised in the injury time of the first half.
The game became a one-sided affair after resumption as Gambian forward Solomon Kanform scored a brace in the 48th and 90th minute while Nurul Absar completed the rout in the 56th minute. Nigerian forward Bukola Olalekaw pulled one back for Arambagh in the added time of the second half.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Abahani dominated the second half against Rahmatganj after a barren first half where the only notable chance was Zahid Hossain's long-range free-kick hitting the sidepost. The table topper went close again in the 70th minute when Leonel Saint Preux dribbled past a couple of defenders before unleashing a powerful strike which was denied by the woodwork.
Winger Abdullah gave the port city club the lead in the 73rd minute as his free-kick from 30 yards hit the sidepost before it bounced inside the net. Abdullah squandered a great chance two minutes before the end of stipulated time but he shot over the bar from close range.
Sk Jamal 6
(Raphael 8, 40, 45+1, Solomon 48, 90, Nurul 56) 4 Arambagh
(Robiul 16, Bappy 22, Sumon 43, Bukola 90+1)
Ctg Abahani 1
(Abdullah 73) 0 Rahmatganj