Mohun Bagan today won 2-0 against Customs in a practice match held in club ground. Mariners resumed their practice today after two days of rest, coming back from their first preseason conditioning camp held in Kalimpong. Snehasish and Biswajit scored the goals for Mohun Bagan. The first team comprised of Shilton, Biswajit, Karan, Mandi, Rino, Snehasish, Subho Kumar, Ramluah, James, Ishfaq, Chiddi.
Later on Sangram, Kartick, Santa Kumar, Manish, Subhojit etc. came as substitute.
The first goal came in first half via a James long pass which Snehasish placed past the goalkeeper inside goal. Later on in this half, Customs got one chance due to a mistake in right side of Mohun Bagan defence but the shot went wide.
In 2nd half, Mohun Bagan missed few easy chances to score with Kartick missing at least 3 easy chances though his effort was indeed praiseworthy. Santa Kumar and Subhojit played quite well and delivered few good crosses down both flanks. Subhojit’s performance in particular was quite good with his run down the flanks and then floating the ball nicely inside box.
Biswajit, Subho Kumar, Snehasish, also played well. In the middle of second half, from a Santa Kumar cross, Kartick took a prompt side volley which was going inside goal but unfortunately hit Chiddi and went wide.
The 2nd goal came soon after when Lalramluah snatched the ball nicely near center circle and passed it towards Biswajit who overlapped and made a down the middle run down the left flank and then played a one-to-one pass with Chiddi, whose final pass was a brilliant sliding pass and Biswajit nicely lobbed the ball over goalkeeper’s head to score the second goal for Mariners.
Chiddi played quite well today and his distribution was brilliant today, but finish could have been better by his fellow strikers.
James Singh played major part of the match in right back position, but unfortunately minutes before final whistle he got slightly injured and had to be replaced by Ishfaq who continued as right back though he started the match in striker postion in first half. This showed that Karim is keeping all options open regarding his team selection and so is trying few players in multiple positions.
Habibur joined practice today after he produced his doctor’s certificate yesterday.
Mohun Bagan’s next practice match is against Army XI on Thursday at 3 pm.