Shillong: Mohun Bagan defeats Shillong Lajong 3-0 in an important away encounter to climb to the third spot in the I-League table. Dipanda Dicka (30th min), Akram Moghrabi (86th min) and Sheikh Faiaz (89th min) scored the winning goals for the Kolkata giants to leapfrog their arch-rivals to the third spot on the table with 20 points from 12 outings.
Coach Shankarlal Chakraborty opted to hand Azharuddin a start on the right wing whereas he deployed Nikhil Kadam on the wide left. Mohun Bagan broke the deadlock in the 30th minute with Dicka’s brilliant header off a Cameron Watson cross that beat Lajong goalkeeper Lachenpa.
Towards the end of the first half, Lajong came close to the equaliser time and again but eventually, Mohun Bagan maintained their lead. Mohun Bagan also made their first substitution in the 44th minute with Faiaz replacing Azharuddin.
Lajong’s best chance in the first half came in the dying minutes of the first half when Lajong’s Samuel Lalmuanpuia sent a volley which would have found the back of the net had it not been put away by an acrobatic save from Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul.