Mohun Bagan rode braces from Darryl Duffy (16', 32') and Jeje Lalpekhlua (28', 77') to record a 4-0 win against Minerva Punjab at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium and notch their third win on the trot.
Minerva Punjab started off on a sketchy note as Sony Norde showed flashes of his brilliance down the left flank.
It only took sixteen minutes for the Mariners to break the deadlock. Norde sent in a free-kick from a tight angle just outside the box down the left after being fouled and Darryl Duffy leapt over Ramandeep Singh to head the ball into the net for Mohun Bagan's opener.
Two minutes before the half hour mark, Jeje Lalpekhlua etched his name onto the scoresheet. Subhasish Bose collected the ball from Souvik Chakraborti in midfield and played a delightful one-two with Sony Norde and sent a low cross from the left. Jeje hit the ball past the Punjab custodian first time with Ramandeep cutting a sorry figure.
Mohun Bagan made it three goals to the good just four minutes later. Katsumi Yusa's long ball from midfield was met by Darryl Duffy right on the edge of the box, with Loveday Enyinnaya unable to stop the Scot. GoalKeeper Kamaljit Singh came off his line to suppress the danger but could not do anything as Duffy brought up his brace in brilliant fashion.
Thirteen minutes after half-time, the Mariners hit the woodwork through Sony Norde. Darryl Duffy’s cross was collected by the Haitian and he went past three bodies to cut inside and hit the crossbar from around 26 yards out.
Joel Sunday almost sniffed out a goal for the Warriors when he angled a long-range effort from the edge of the box. Debjit Majumder was caught off-guard and he had to get a finger to the ball before it cannonned off the crossbar.
Meanwhile, Jeje Lalpekhlua completed his brace in the 77th minute. The Mizoram-born striker collected the ball from midfield and played it in front to Bikramjit on the left. His cross saw Loveday Enyinnaya and Kamaljit get into a tangle as Jeje surged in and tapped home after a deflection off Ramandeep Singh.
Ultimately, there was no consolation for the newcomers from Punjab as Sanjoy Sen's side romped to nine points and to the summit of the table. The Mariners now have a series of away matches coming up.
Minerva have still not added to the one point they earned from their first match and are away at Shillong Lajong at the weekend.