A Muritala Ali in the first half and an Ashim Biswas in the second half helped Bagan move into 8th position and consolidated their position in the iLeague as Mumbai FCwere brushed aside at Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Victory provided Bagan players with a required confidence they were in search of since beginning of the iLeague this year. But it was Shilton Pal who played yet another brilliant game to save Bagan from conceding any goal. Shilton was rightly adjudged Man of the Match.
In the 1st minute of added time in the first half Muritala Ali got a header from Jose Barreto and converted that to a goal. In the 78th minute Ashim Biswas got a loose ball when Mumbai FC goalie tried to clear a ball – and his 20 yards power shot got his first goal in this season ( not to forget his clean goal was wrongly cancelled by the referee in Federation Cup final this year)
Ishfaq Ahmed, who was there as a left back, made some good moves, but Sk. Azim had a busy day today along with Rahul Kumar and in few occasions they were outperformed by Mumbai FC forward line. Shilton did really well each time. He was beaten only once in the first half.
Jose Barreto needs to improve his understanding with Muritala Ali – and convert opportunities to goals as he used to do few years back. But the coach and the TD will have to work hard at the central midfield and right half position.
Bagan is now having 8 points from 6 matches and will meet Viva Kerala on 4th January 2011 at Kannur.
Mohun Bagan :Shilton, Rahul, Azim, Dhanarajan, Isfaq, Manish, Gouranga(Ashim), Snehasish, Jayanta, Muritala(Souvik), Barreto.
Mumbai FC:Ishan, Keegan, Anas, Quao, Nicholas, Nishat, Noel, Bungo(Lalampuia), Kuttimani( Ashutosh), Sukore, Henry
MOM: Shilton Pal (Mohun Bagan)
Picture Courtesy: Bartaman