Mohun Bagan consolidate top spot with Derby win over Quess East Bengal

Former champions Mohun Bagan consolidated their top spot on the Hero I-League points table with an odd goal in three Kolkata derby victory over arch-rivals Quess East Bengal (QEB) at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) stadium on Sunday (January 19, 2020). Spanish midfielder Joseba Beitia starred with a goal and an assist to be deservedly declared the Hero of the Match.

Mohun Bagan now have 17 points after eight games, taking them six clear of second-placed Punjab FC. Quess East Bengal are sure to lose spots remaining on eight points after seven completed games.

Bagan named an unchanged eleven for the big game while the Red & Golds made one change, bringing in Mehtab in defence in place of Asheer Akhtar.

The deadlock could not be broken in the first quarter of an hour, however, Bagan did hold the slight edge with their attacking forays.

Then in the 19th minute, Beitia struck with a professionally-placed header away from the keeper Mawia Ralte, but the Spaniard won’t think twice to owe the goal to dynamic young left-winger Nongdamba Naorem.

The youngster who has been in great form this season had a few minutes earlier weaved his way into the QEB box outfoxing Kamalpreet and his cross from close was eventually snuffed out by a sliding Kasim Aidara.

This time the Manipuri latched onto a neatly directed back-pass from outside the box by Papa Diawara and drove ahead. Kamalpreet tried to challenge but Naorem’s sublime skills coupled with his pace meant he was crossing back in from the QEB goal line in no time. The cross found Beitia in the clear and he made no mistake.

Bagan dominated the half thereafter and would have gone two up but for Ralte bringing off a super save off a Papa snapshot, from a corner in the dying minutes.

Both sides began unchanged in the second half which did nothing to change fortunes. Bagan continued to have the better of the attacking exchanges resulting in the second goal.

Senegalese and ex La-Liga striker Papa Diawara, who was recruited in the ongoing January transfer window, could not have found a better game to score his first in the famous green and maroon colours, when he rose to direct another perfect header off a Beitia corner, past Ralte and into the back of the QEB net.

This finally did seem to spur QEB’s attacking instincts and they got one back six minutes later thanks to another new recruit, the freshly loaned Edmund Lalrindika, who was brought in place of Pintu Mahata on in the 58th minute by QEB coach Alejandro Menendez.

The 20-year old latched on to a ball in the centre of midfield and surged ahead. Spotting the run of Spaniard Marcos Espada he unleashed a perfect ball into his path inside the Bagan box. Espada held-off his marker and to his credit brought off a clinical finish, placing his right-footed grounder into the right corner of the Bagan net, beating the outstretched hands of a diving Sankar Roy in goal.

QEB pushed relentlessly for the equaliser as Bagan looked tired and almost scripted a memorable comeback when a powerful Juan Mera strike from just outside the Bagan box thundered the crosspiece with Sankar stranded in the middle of the goal.

Mohun Bagan saw off the danger until the end to walk away with three points.

 

CREDITS: I-League Media 

 


Show off your Indian and European football knowledge with the football fantasy game from Playerzpot. Download the App with our special Footballcounter referral code, start playing and win cash daily.

Download app here: Link or click on the image below


For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

We would love to hear your Feedback on your Football Counter experience

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football.

Regal FC trials postponed to April

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC has postponed their upcoming trials to a new tentative date in April, amidst the Corona Virus outbreak Regal football Club had earlier announced…

Share

Mumbai Marines FC to hold trials for MDFA 1st Division

Newly promoted side Mumbai Marines FC are on the lookout for players for the upcoming season of the MDFA 1st Division, the club announced. After a successful MDFA 2nd Division…

Share

Regal FC to conduct trials for 3rd Division campaign

Mumbai based MDFA 3rd Division side Regal FC will be conducting a two day football trials for city footballers for their upcoming season Regal football Club has announced that they…

Share

GKW Rangers FC to conduct YPL U14 and 3rd Division trials

Mumbai based GKW Rangers FC will conduct trials for its MDFA 3rd division side as well as its U14 age group team that competes in MDFA Yuva Premier League U14….

Share

Rhino Sports Academy to conduct trials on March 15th

Mumbai based Rhino Sports Academy will be conducting trials for its upcoming seasons of MDFA 1st Division and MDFA 3rd Division Rhino Sports Academy will be fielding a side each…

Share

OSCAR SSE to conduct age group trials for its 2020-21 Season Elite Program

OSCAR SSE, a 2 star AIFF Accredited Academy, will be conducting age group trials (U13, U15 and U18 players) to induct in its Elite Program for 2020-21 season All the…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct 2nd round of trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting their 2nd round of trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 29nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be…

Share

Sterling FA to conduct trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 22nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be fielding a team in…

Share

Ex-Servicemen Social Education and Sports foundation to conduct trials for MDFA 1st & 3rd Division reams

Ex-Servicemen social education and sports foundation will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division & 3rd Division sides The first round of trials for MDFA club Ex-Servicemen social education and…

Share

MDFA to host trials for WIFA Inter District Men’s Open Football Championship

The Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), the governing body for football in Mumbai district is set to host their coaching camps and selection trials for the WIFA Inter District Men’s…

Share