Mohun Bagan defeats Railway FC by 3-0. Tulunga scoring hattrick. Bagan continued to display brilliant football like first two matches. This is their third successive 3-0 victory. Mohun Bagan continued its spectacular performance by defeating Railway FC 3-0, this is the third successive match in which Mariners have scored three goals, this time Malswamtluanga scoring hattrick. Mohun Bagan striker Lalampuia missed an easy opportunity off corner when he headed the ball out on 4 minutes from a handshaking distance. Railway FC made few attacks and took few shots but none of them could cause any problem to Sangram and Odafe was as usual rock solid in defence.
At 16 minutes, Barreto got a ball inside box and trapped it beautifully but due to uneven bounce he could not trap the ball properly or head it inside the goal, a valiant effort indeed from the man. In 37th minute, Tulunga scored the first goal when he trapped the ball beautifully inside box off a gem of a pass from Barreto and cool headedly finished by lobing the ball over onrushing goalkeeper. This was the result off a brilliant attack when James Jr. had passed the ball to Barreto. Within minutes, Tulunga doubled his account when off a Lalkamal Bhowmick corner, Odafa headed beautifully which went straight to Tulunga who just tapped the ball inside goal, a great opportunistic goal indeed.
Mariners started 2nd half with same pace as attacked with pace. In 51st minute, off a Ishfaq corner, Lalampuia missed an easy chance off James pass. On 60th minute, Tulunga attacked from right side and almost scored but his shot was well saved by Rail goalkeeper. Kareem then made two quick changes bringing in Henry in place of Lalampuia and Branco in place of Ishfaq. With inclusion of Branco, Mohun Bagan gained momentum and off his brilliant pass from left side in 82nd minute, Tulunga got the ball inside box, trapped beautifully and finished off a thumping right footer, indeed the best goal of the match. In 84th minute, Naveen Kumar came in place of Odafa who was a little injured and Kareem took no chance. Naveen Kumar went to right back position and Habibur went to stopper. In 90th minute, Barreto almost had passed to Tulunga who could have scored his fourth goal but the ball was well intercepted by defender.
For Mariners, Sangram was brilliant like last two matches and he is oozing with confidence. Such was his confidence level that once he collected a ball off a shot of a Railway FC player almost in the height of the post, which any goalkeeper would have fisted the ball for corner. In defence, Odafa displayed supreme form and hardly made any mistake. However, Vasan was slightly off color today and he made many mistakes today. Suman was quite good today but Habibur was a little shaky. In midfield, Ishfaq and Tulunga performed their job to perfection and attacked nicely via the flanks. Junior James was in first team today since James Sr. showed off form in last match. Junior James was okay but have to improve a lot. Same goes for Lalkamal. Railway FC was easily attacking and reaching Bagan box, the blocking and tackling will have to improve in Bagan medio. Barreto as usual showed his class by some brilliant passes to his team mates. Lalampuia missed few chances but otherwise was okay. Branco is doing very well as substitute. Overall team Mohun Bagan is playing brilliant football and has got 9 points from 3 matches. They will play their next match on 22nd against CalcuttaPort Trust.
Meanwhile, NIIT has become cosponsor of McDowell Mohun Bagan football club and they will give 18 lakh for this KPL. MB players will use their logo in their sleeves and shorts.
TEAM: Sangram, Suman, Vashan, Odafa (Naveen Kumar 84), Habibur, Tulunga, James Singh Jr., Lalkamal, Ishfaq (Branco 75), Barreto, Lalampuia (Henry 69)