A 10-man Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club registered their fourth successive victory in the BPL to remain at the top of the points table as they beat Brothers Union 5-4 in a thrilling encounter at Sylhet District Stadium on Sunday.
The game between Sheikh Jamal and Brothers marked the first ever premier league tie played in Sylhet and it entertained the crowd a great deal.
Haitian winger Wedson Anselme continued his amazing form by scoring a brace in the either side of each half.
Wedson put the reigning champions ahead in the 28th minute before Gambian midfielder Landing Darboe doubled the lead at the half-hour mark.
Young forward Mannaf Rabby pulled one back for Brothers four minutes later but Nigerian striker Emeka Darlington scored again for Sheikh Jamal in the 42nd minute. In-form Haitian striker Augustin Walson made it 3-2 moments before the first-half whistle from the penalty spot.
Kingsley Chigozie brought Brothers back into the game with the equaliser in the 63rd minute but young forward Sarwar Zaman Nipu and Wedson netted one apiece in the 71st and 72nd minute to put Sheikh Jamal in the driving seat again.
The Dhanmondi giant were then reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when Anisul Sweet received his marching order.
Kingsley scored another two minutes later from the penalty spot but it came only as a consolation goal for the Gopibagh outfit.
Sheikh Jamal's newly appointed Swedish coach Stefan Hansson said following the match that he had never witnessed nine goals in a game.
Meanwhile in the day's other match at the same venue, Abahani Limited came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against struggling Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra.
Shakhawat Hossain Rony put Sheikh Russel ahead in the 66th minute before Jewel Rana equalised the margin in the 84th minute.
With the draw, Abahani are placed second in the points table with 16 points, two behind leaders Sheikh Jamal while Sheikh Russel remained at the bottom with only two points.
Sk Jamal 5-4 Brothers
Wedson 28, 72 Rabby 34
Landing 30 Walson 44 - P
Emeka 42 Kingsley 63, 79 - P
Abahani 1-1 Sk Russel
Jewel 84 Rony 66