KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan put up a disciplined performance to score a convincing 2-0 win over Tollygunge Agragami in Calcutta Football League on Sunday.
This was Mohun Bagan’s fifth consecutive win of the campaign and takes their tally to 15 points.
Mohun Bagan, made early forays and took the lead in the 16th minute of the match played at Mohun Bagan Ground, through Ansumana Kromah which was doubled by substitute Nikhil Kadam in the 86th minute.
Going into the game, Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty made the only change to the side that beat Calcutta Customs last week by handing start to Kinshuk Debnath over Bikramjit Singh.
Mohun Bagan started with purpose as Kromah and Bayi Kamo Stephane stretched Tollygunge’s defence but struggled on the final ball.
Kromah’s first chance was as early as the 7th minute when Azharuddin Mallick picked him up with a wonderful through ball but Tollygunge goalkeeper Sourav Chakraborty left his charge to avert the danger.
Four minutes later, Kamo tried his might on goal after being fed by Chesterpaul Lyngdoh but the Ivorian only managed to tap the ball wide from handshaking distance.
Mohun Bagan got their deserving lead thanks to some brilliant work from Kromah in the 16th minute. The Liberian showed remarkable skill to slot past Sourav after getting the ball from Ricky Lallanmawia.
The goal gave Mohun Bagan a morale boost as they began pushing up in numbers. A few good chances fell for Kamo and Kromah but the duo lacked the finish inside the rival box.
Tollygunge, on the other hand, were surprisingly subdued and could never really enforce themselves. There were hardly any chances for the Subhash Bhowmick-coached side and they should be considering themselves lucky for heading into the breather with just one goal down.
Mohun Bagan came out strong in the second half and began attacking from the word go. However, the Tollygunge defense managed to hold on and clear all the attacks in the opening quarter.
Meanwhile, Tollygunge came very close to securing the equalizer just before the hour mark as Anthony Wolfe cut past three Mohun Bagan players but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Shibinraj Kunniyil.
Though Tollygunge had more of the ball but could not breach the solid defensive line manned by captain Kinshuk Debnath and Eze Kingsley.
Nonetheless, Mohun Bagan kept pushing forward and at times looked dangerous. However, despite all of the Mariners’ possession, Tollygunge maintained a tight defensive shape.
Mohun Bagan’s constant pressure finally paid off when Nikhil headed home from fellow substitute Pintu Mahata’s left sided cross to give the Mariners breathing space.
Thereafter, both sides engaged in some end-to-end stuff in the final minutes before Mohun Bagan sealed a well-deserved 2-0 win.