Today Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee announced that Maidan station will be renamed in the name of Goshto Pal. Mohun Bagan won practice match 4-0 against Southern Samity.Mohun Bagan Under-13 team and MBSFA team were present along with General Secretary Anjan Mitra, coach Amiya Ghosh, Chuni Goswami, Shibaji Banerjee in Netaji Indoor Stadium and payed homage to late Sports Minister Subhash Chakraborty.
Sunday will be an offday for team and from Monday there will be 4 days of camp where team will stay in Hotel Landmark and practice in club ground. Mohun Bagan’s first match in IFA Shield is expected to be scheduled on September 3rd.
Mohun Bagan today won their practice match against Southern Samity by 4-0. Chiddi scored 2 goals and Marcos and Kartick scored 1 goal each.
In today’s match, first team comprised of Sangram, Biswajit Saha, Vashan, Karan Atwal, Mandi, Snehasish, Kulu, Marcos, Tomba, Branco and Chiddi. Mariners started in 4-4-2 formation and within 2 minutes scored their first goal, Vashan gave a long ball to Chiddi, who nicely dribbled past 1 player and placed the ball past goalkeeper in goal to make it 1-0. Mohun Bagan dominated the match throughout but could not increase their margin further before half time. Tomba and Chiddi played very well today. Tomba looked very agile during both attack and also while falling back and helping the defenders. Mandi played as right back, he was otherwise okay but sometimes was not in his position and coach was giving instruction "Mandi get back to position." Biswajit made few errors, he looked slighly off form today and once he reacted late and Southern almost scored a goal; however, Biswajit is a very good player and so far he has performed very well in all the practice matches so far. Karan Atwal who is improving on his performance made 2 errors today, once when Mohun Bagan defenders went up to lay offside trap for opponent, he was not in line with his defenders and almost evoked danger. In another occasion, in second half, he missed a golden chance to score. In midfield, Kulu was a little disappointing in first half but in second half he came back strongly and played really well.
In 2nd half, Karim made few changes and brought in Shilton, Habibur, Santa Kumar, Subho Kumar, and Kartick. After match, Karim said, "I changed my formation and went to 4-2-3-1 in 2nd half. This is the formation which Liverpool plays nowadays in many matches. This means there are 2 holding midfielders and the remaining 3 will go up to support the lone striker. By this particular formation, team becomes more attacking. I might use this few times this year when required. I might also think about the option of pushing Marcos up sometimes behind Chiddi. I am overall happy with team’s performance."
Chiddi scored the 2nd goal by heading the ball in from Santa’s well measured cross in 2nd half. Habibur who came as replacement in 2nd half also had quite a good match running down the right flank, and from one of his center Chiddi’s header narrowly missed target. Marcos-Chiddi combination resulted in the 3rd goal for Mariners. Marcos gave a through pass to Chiddi whose shot was blocked by goalkeeper, and Marcos in turn pushed the ball inside empty goal to make it 3-0. In another attack, from Santa’s cross, Subho Kumar’s head hit cross bar and went to Karan Atwal who failed to score from a hand shaking distance with goalkeeper out of position. 10 minutes before final whistle, Karim brought in Ramluah, Manish and Rino Anto. Kartick Kisku who played as right half scored the 4th goal from Kulu’s pass. Before the goal, one of his effort hit barpost.
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