It rained goals at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium where Assam Rifles and Gokulam Kerala squared off with the Malabarians scoring a big 7-2 victory.
The Malabarians showed no mercy and raced to an emphatic 4-1 lead by half-time.
Nigerian striker Chisom Elvis Chikatara gave Gokulam Kerala the lead in the very first minute. Goan forward Beneston Piecton Barretto notched a brace in the first-half while Rahim Osumanu also added to the tally.
In the second half, Chikatara added a double to his name to complete his hattrick, the first in the 130th edition of the Durand Cup. Substitute Sourav K also joined the action and nicked a goal for himself in the 61st minute.
Assam Rifles did score twice through Soibam Roger Singh (36′) and Samujal Rabha (63′) but it was nothing more than consolation for the Northeastern side.
Elvis Chikatara of Gokulam Kerala FC was adjudged to be the Man of the Match.