If there were nagging doubts in the Mohun Bagan dressing room that we can win the Premier League this season, they were firmly banished by the 7-0 win against George Telegraph.
The Nigerian Edeh Chidi’s 4 goals of the match – that lead to completion of 150 goals in India proved to be the winner that sent his side back to the run for the top of the table as Bagan won 7-0 over George Telegraph. Subair Muritala ali scored the remaining three goals.One can’t remember when was the last time in Premier Division football two hattricks took place in the same game.
Being second in the Federation Cup is not nice, particularly when the referee cancelled two clean goals, but when Mariners are playing in this Premier league with so many games, the fans saw that the players were fresh and this is important.
A full fortnight to prepare and rest ahead of monday’s match was a help but it was not a smooth build-up for Chidi who had fitness issues from the beginning of the season. However he started scoring from the very 1st minute and he alone scored the goals at 1st, 5th, 45th and 71st minute.
Chidi, with the Captain’s arm band today, believes Premier League excursions could be seen in the title holder’s start to the game.
Muritala Ali assisted him well with goals scored in 47th , 53rd and 77th minute.
Snehasish (replaced by Satish in 69th minute), Jayanta and Barreto (replaced by Diamondstar in 55th minute) controlled the midfield. Even young Surabuddin (replaced by David in 73rd minute) supported the team in various occasions.
Chidi was elected as the Man of the Match.
Meanwhile the derby between Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting scheduled on Sunday, 24th October, will be postponed, Bagan will play against Eastern Rail on that day at Mohun Bagan Ground from 2.30 pm.
Mohun Bagan – Shilton, Kingshuk, Sagram, Dhanarajan, Karan, Jayanta, Snehasish( Satish Kumar 71′), Surabuddin(Davic 74′), Chidi(C), Muritala, Barreto (Diamondstar 56′).
|Today’s Match – Fact Sheet At A Glance|
|Opponent team||George Telegraph|
|Venue||MB Ground, Kolkata|
|Kick off time||2:30 PM|
|No. of goal Mohun Bagan scored||7 [Chiddi(4), Muritala(3)]|
|Number of yellow card shown to MB Players||1(Chiddi)|
|Number of red cards shown to MB players||0|
|Average age of 1st 11||24.6 yrs|
|Average age of the squad (registered for Fed cup)||23.3 yrs|
|1st half Score||3 – 0|
|Style of formation|
|1||Diamondstar in place of Barreto(55mt)|
|2||Satish Kr in place of Snehasis(69mt)|
|3||David in place of Surabuddin(73mt)|
Picture Courtesy : Bartaman