Hyderabad FC striker Bartholomew Ogbeche has equalled Ferran Corominas' record for most goals by a player in one Indian Super League season. The Nigerian forward netted his 18th goal of the season in the 3-1 win over ATK Mohun Bagan in the semi-final first leg of ISL 2021-22.
Ogbeche, who also holds the record for most hat-tricks in the Indian Super League, is one goal away from rewriting the record books when he will take the field for the second leg tie on Wednesday, March 16.
Corominas, who was Indian Super League’s leading goal scorer for a considerable amount of time, got on the scoresheet in the very first game of the 2017-18 campaign against Chennaiyin FC, scoring once in a 3-2 win. The Spaniard netted 18 times in 20 appearances during the season as Goa reached the semi-final before being eliminated.
Goa won four of their first five matches that season and Coro scored eight goals during those outings, including two hat-tricks against Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters. After a midseason slump that saw Goa go on a five-match winless run, Coro returned to his best, scoring five goals in his team’s last three league stage games.
Coro came close to matching his tally from the 2017-18 season as he registered 16 goals in 20 appearances.
The 2019-20 ISL season was the most competitive among goal-scorers with as many as three players - Bartholomew Ogbeche, Roy Krishna and Nerijus Valskis - finishing with 15 goals. The Golden Boot, however, was awarded to Valskis since the Lithuanian had more assists to his name.
A couple of seasons before the aforementioned trio battled for the Golden Boot, former Bengaluru FC forward Miku had scored the same number of goals (15) in the 2017-18 ISL campaign. Riding on his return, the Blues reached the final and despite Miku’s 92nd-minute strike in the match, the Blues lost 2-3 to Chennaiyin FC.
Most goals by a player in one Indian Super League season
|Ferran Corominas||18||2017-18||FC Goa|
|Bartholomew Ogbeche||18*||2021-22*||Hyderabad FC|
|Ferran Corominas||16||2018-19||FC Goa|
|Bartholomew Ogbeche||15||2019-20||Kerala Blasters|
|Nerijus Valskis||15||2019-20||Chennaiyin FC|
|Roy Krishna||15||2019-20||ATK Mohun Bagan|
Featured photo: ISL Media