Match Report: Mohun Bagan 2-0 Shillong Lajong

Friday, 13 January 2017|Sunil A. Markal
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The Mariners recorded a 2-0 victory over the Reds thanks to a Darryl Duffy brace in the 2nd Round of the 2016/17 I-League at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata, on Friday…

The Mariners recorded a 2-0 victory over the Reds thanks to a Darryl Duffy brace in the 2nd Round of the 2016/17 I-League at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata, on Friday…

Both the teams rang a couple of changes. The Mariners brought in Shouvik Ghosh for the suspended Subhasish Bose at left back, while Kean Lewis made way for teenage debutant Raynier Fernandes. Thangboi Singto meanwhile replaced Redeem Tlang and Hardy Cliff with Zodingliana Ralte and new signing Asier Pierrick Dipanda. The two also started with a 4-4-2 formation.

The first half started with the teams guilty of losing possession far too easily. The two teams couldn’t put a string of passes together, frustrating a depleted 4500 crowd.  The game’s first opportunity came through a deflected Dipanda shot from outside the box, which Debjit Majumder had to be alert with. Yusa Katsumi should have scored for the home side two minutes after that, when Raynier’s lob found the Japanese through on goal.

And Darryl Duffy broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. Shillong centre-halves Dan Ignat and Chinglensana along with goalkeeper Vishal Kaith made a mess of an aerial ball, which the 32-year-old was more than happy to bury. Shillong’s best chance came on the half hour mark from a corner. Chinglensana missed a golden chance to restore parity when he was unmarked inside the box and presented with a free header.

Shillong came out for the second half with some positive intent, piling up pressure on the home side. But Singto was let down by his strike pair, with Fabio and Dipanda missing glaring opportunities. The latter’s appeal for penalty early in the second half was waived off by referee A. Rowan, with Pritam Singh receiving a yellow card for the resulting dissent. The misses were perhaps the game changing moments, as the side from Meghalaya had to travel home empty handed.

And Duffy put the game to bed in the 77th minute. Prabir Das’ cross from the right into the box was tapped by Balwant Singh in the path of the Scotsman, who calmly slotted past Vishal Kaith.

Man of the Match: Anas Edathodika.

FeverPitch’s Match of the Match: Darryl Duffy.