Kolkata: Inexorable Mohun Bagan continues their lethal form in the Hero I-League 2017 as the Green and Maroon brigade thumped the new-coming Minerva Punjab FC by a thrashing margin at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Tuesday.
Inspired by the inclusion of Bagan Heart-throb Sony Norde, Jeje Lalpekhlua and new Brazilian central defender Eduardo Ferreira, the Mariners’ simply outplayed the Punjab side to make it three wins out of three.
Scottish forward Darryl Duffy again grabbed the limelight with two beautiful goals to sit on the top of the Golden Boot contenders’ list. In the 16th minute, Haitian winger Sony Norde delivered a sublime free kick and Duffy scored a phenomenal goal with an opportunist header. Mohun Bagan extended their lead through Jeje Lalpekhlua when the Indian international scored after getting another fine cross from Sony Norde. Jeje played his first I-League of this season and made his impact immediately.
In the 30th minute, Duffy got another fine cross from Sony but that time the forward headed it just wide. In the 32nd minute, Duffy received a gorgeous ball from Katsumi and scored his fourth goal of the league with a clinical finish to make it 3-0. Mohun Bagan could have scored their first half only, when Sony Norde missed a great chance as the triangle of Pritam, Katsumi and Sony created a sensational move.
In the second half, the Mariners continued to play their brisk attacking football and Sony Norde’s brilliant right footer came off the post in the 58th minute. Minerva got their first dangerous move in the 62nd minute when Kamal made a superb run from the right and Kyrgyz International Ivan Filatov’s shot went just wide. Minerva came perilously close again in the 63rd minute when Joel Sunday’s long range effort came off the cross bar.
Bagan came back into the game very quickly as Sony Norde opened the goal mouth on his own but after all his hard work, his shot went just over the frame of the goal. In the 77th minute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored his second goal through a fine pass by Bikramjit Singh but again the Minerva defense made some silly errors in their back four to allow Sanjoy Sen’s men to run riot against them.
The win again puts Mohun Bagan on the top of the league table with 9 points from three games and once again having a dream start in the Hero I-League.