Mohun Bagan had a comfortable win against Port Trust and continues to run for the title race in Sahara Kolkata Premier League 2010. Mohun Bagan are onto 34 points after a victory over Port Trust today.
Stanley Rosario made few changes from the side. Jose Barreto was there from the beginning as Chidi Edeh was suspended for double booking. Snehasish was there from the beginning as well. Harpreet replaced Mandi in defense. Bagan kept to their usual shape, a 4-4-2 that sometimes looks like a 4-4-1-1 because of the position of Jose Barreto .
Bagan started creating pressure on Port much before the game had even settled down, when Barreto’s low cross for Muritala was enough to break Port defense. However Muritala fell short of the ball. Barreto scored the first goal just before end of the first half. He flicked the ball into the net from a Kingshuk centre (1-0). The Port defense was mesmerized and did not even move as Barreto got past his two markers.
Bagan changed its strategy in the second half and was attacking more. But two players were badly injured in this half. First it was Muritala who collided with the Port Goalie and had his hand injured. He required a medical attention before coming back into the ground.
Later Surabuddin was seriously fouled and had to be replaced.
In the 59th minute David replaced Surabuddin and Ashim replaced Snehasish.
Jayanta’s centralish position led more attacks after this change and in the 74th minute Kingshuk scored the second goal for Bagan. Bagan earned a corner and Kingshuk header made it 2-0.
Soon, Souvik replaced Barreto. His fresh legs kept of testing Port defense. During this session Muritala was in a scoring position in two occasions. However, Muritala had to wait for 90th minute to score a brilliant goal- as he got a pass from souvik and showed his worth by turning and kicking the ball into the goal (3-0).
Port were reasonably impressive despite rarely looking like taking anything from the game.
Kingshuk Debnath was declared as Man of the Match for brilliant performance.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Kingshuk, Karan, Harpreet, Dhanarajan, Satish, Jayanta, Surabuddin (U-19) (David 59′), Snehasish (Ashim 59′), Muritala, Barreto (Souvik 75′).
Today’s match at a glance
|Kolkata Port Trust
|MB Ground, Kolkata
|Kick off time
|No. of goal Mohun Bagan scored
|3 [Barreto, Kingsuk,Muritala]
|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
|1 – 0
|Style of formation
|4 – 4 – 2
|Ashim in place of Snehasis(59mt)
|David in place of Surabuddin(59mt)
|Souvik in place of Barreto(75mt)
Man of the Match – Kingsuk Debnath