In absence of Barreto, it was late Chiddi-Muritala magic at Yuba Bharati Krirangan today as the Mariners registered another emphatic victory over Md. Sporting. 3 – 0 score line is a perfect Diwali gift for all the fans and supporters of Mohun Bagan and the team is celebrating 7th straight win in CFL during post puja campaign.
Pre-match discussions at the members’ gallery were revolving round Barreto, who was yet to recover from fever. It was a rare occasion when Barreto’s name was not included in the player’s list and that too against a heavy weight team like Md. Sporting, who has been playing well under the guidance of their new coach.
The opening half was a battle for the control of the mid-field. While the Mariners were trying to consolidate their midfield through Jayanta- Snehasis combo, Md. Sporting was trying to create opportunities utilizing their wings. And at occasions, the black and white brigade made a few successful moves and created pressure on Mariners’ defense. However, for the mariners, the defenders showed their resilience and did well to initiate sporadic attacks on opposition’s half but the mid-fielders couldn’t able to find their ace finishers at the attacking zones. As a result, Md. Sporting defenders could easily nullify the Mariners’ waves of attack and the frustration kept mounting both within and off the field for the mariners. In the process, couple of solo attempts from Chiddi, Muritala and Souvik couldn’t promise anything to the score card. On the other hand, the mariners had a close save as Kartik Kisku missed a sitter.
A much needed vocal dose were due for the Mariners during the lemon break and it seemed the dose from the coach was enough as the Mariners started off the second half in a different gear. They started to put more pressure on Md. Sporting defense. Coach Stanley opted for first replacement on 65th minute when he brought experienced striker Ashim Biswas in place of Souvik and went for 4-3-3 combination from 4-4-2. And this move paid him off as Chiddi found the net from Ashim’s through and made it 1-0 for the mariners. And the Diwali started for the Mariners at Salt Lake from then on.
Once the flood gate opened, it was a smooth sailing and sheer dominance by the Mariners as they were hungry to increase the score line to nullify any eventually. And they succeeded on 82nd minute when Muritala’s powerful shot beat the opponent custodian and found the net (2 – 0). That was not the end of the story as the Mariners kept on attacking even during the dying moments of the match and it was Chiddi who made another stunning finish to ensure an emphatic 3 – 0 victory for the Mariners.
What a perfect moment for all the Mohun Bagan fans to celebrate the festival of light!!
mohunbaganclub.com wishes all readers, fans, supporters, members, players and officials – Happy Diwali !!
Mohun Bagan : Shilton, Kingshuk, Sagram, Karan, Biswajit, Surabuddin (U-19), Jayanta, Souvik (Ashim), Snehasish, Chidi, Muritala.
Today’s match – fact sheet at a glance
|Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata
|Kick off time
|No. of goal Mohun Bagan scored
|3 [Chiddi(69′,93′), Muritala(82′)]
|Number of yellow card shown to MB Players
|Number of red cards shown to MB players
|Average age of 1st XI
|Average age of the squad (registered for Fed cup)
|1st half Score
| 0 – 0
|Style of formation
| 4 – 4 – 2
|Ashim in place of Souvick(65mt)
|Gouranga in place of Snehasis(91mt)
|David in place of Surabuddin (92 mt)