Balwant’s brace and Sony’s magic demolishes DSK Shivajians

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Mohun Bagan 4 ( Balwant 24, 71 / Duffy 65 / Jeje 90+2 ) DSK Shivajians 0

After losing the I-League by just one point, Mohun Bagan looked set to make strong amendments in the Federation Cup and they did make strong amendments by thumping DSK Shivajians by 4-0.

Mohun Bagan dominated DSK Shivajians in large parts of the game and made quick work of them. A brace from Balwant Singh and strikes from Duffy and Jeje ensured 3 crucial points for the Mariners.

Sanjoy Sen was forced to bring in Shilton Paul as Debjit Majumder was red-carded in the last I-League game and as a result he was suspended from this match – a weird decision by AIFF.

DSK Shivajians didn’t persisted with Subhrata Paul as Rogers went ahead with Soram Poirei, rather than continuing with Subhrata Paul – who has cleared to play by NADA after the doping incident.

The game started with a very slow pace – with both the sides feeding each other out. Mohun Bagan created thr first real chance of the match in the 12th minute when Sony lobbed to switch the flank as Yusa chested it down and backpassed. Duffy, inside the box lashed it out on the first time and the side-volleyed shot was parried out by Poirei. Yusa was flagged offside on the rebound ball.

It was all Mohun Bagan after that as they were continuously pressing Shivajians and keeping them under the sword. Their hardwork finally paid off in the 24th minute when Balwant Singh’s header met the back of the net. Sony Norde switched wings to the right and he tricked Narzary and Rinzuala to send a pinpoint cross into the box. Balwant connected well enough to make it 1-0 for the Green and Maroons.

Norde and Balwant combined again in the 28th minute and they looked lethal as the latter took a turn in and went for glory but Poirei made an excellent save to keep him at bay.

DSK Shivajians had their first real chance to score in the 32nd minute when Sanju Pradhan, after relentless effort launched himself into the box after going past three men. He had a clear sight on goal but as selfless as he is, he played the ball to Narzary who stupidly hit the ball into Kotal’s thighs.

DSK Shivajians showed much greater intent in the second half as an improved performance from them called the Bagan’s defence back into action.

Sony Norde took full advantage of that in a counter attack in the 53rd minute. He got ample space from Duffy’s release and ran 40 yards as Sasa looked on to cut in and aim to the bottom left nearside but Poirei parried it away! That was a brilliant run by Sony – one of the many in this match.

At the hour mark, Mohun Bagan had another chance to double their lead over Shivajians when Sehnaj and Katsumi combined well to create a good chance for goal. Sehnaj crossed it and Balwant strided to connect but failed by a whisker!

Mohun Bagan doubled their lead over Shivajians in the 65th minute when Sony’s corner was deflected by a tumbling Eduardo and Poirei and Jerry could only look on as Duffy leaped up and head it banging in on the topside of the net!

Two minutes later, Sony showed quick feet as he went past three defenders with ease but failed to keep his shot down.

Mohun Bagan got their third goal in the 71st minute through Balwant Singh. It all started when Duffy flayed it for Souvik who slammed into a defender and Balwant took a soft shot as Rohit Kumar blocked it. But, the rebound is hit straight in by Balwant Singh, who got his deserved brace tonight!

Mohun Bagan finally wrapped up the game with a goal in the second minute of added time. Jeje Lalpekhlua – who came in as a substitute for Duffy in the 73rd minute – added the icing on the cake as he got one on one with McFaul and dumped the ball into his farside to make it 4-0 for Mohun Bagan.

Jeje’s goal made the scoreline 4-0 and that was enough to power the Mariners at the top of Group B. Mohun Bagan’s next match is against Shillong Lajong on May 10.