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Colombo v Mohun Bagan Match Report, 31/01/17

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The Mariners were insipid but struck twice to carry an one goal advantage back to Kolkata...

Mohun Bagan saw out a tough challenge in Sri Lanka, winning 2-1 away from home against Colombo FC with goals from Kean Lewis (13') and Sehnaj Singh (71') enough with the hosts having equalised through Afeez Olayemi at the half hour mark. 

Sanjoy Sen made a fair few changes with Shilton Paul starting in goal and Prabir Das and Kean Lewis on either wings. Sehnaj Singh partnered Souvik Chakraborti in midfield while Daryl Duffy was the solitary striker upfront with Katsumi Yusa operating behind. 

Mohamed Roomy meanwhile opted to start with Olayemi up front with Zarwan Johar and Dilan Kaushalya on either side of him for support. Momas Yapo started right in behind Olayemi and looked to create the chances. 

The away side looked dangerous in the opening quarters with Katsumi Yusa inches away from Prabir Das's cross and Pritam Kotal finding himself in plenty of space in the opposition box after a hopeful long ball, only to be given offside. 

Sanjoy Sen's men scored the opening goal in the 14th minute through Kean Lewis. It all started from a mix up between Colombo defenders Chameera and Opayemi which saw Duffy run clearn down the right before he cleverly slid in a through ball towards Prabir Das who was running infield. Das looked up and put his feet around the ball to send it to the far post which saw Lewis meet it with a diving header, giving Mohammed Imran in goal no chance. 

In the 20th minute, Katsumi had another chance to find the far corner but Imran got a fingertip to it after Pritam had found him with a perfect delivery from the right. 

Spurred on, Colombo had a clutch of chances with Dilan and Afeez wreaking havoc in the Bagan box. Opayemi was unlucky to see his header go wide off a corner before Afeez finally struck at the half hour mark.

After Mohun Bagan gave away the ball in midfield, Afeez did ever so well to storm down the right taking Bikramjit Singh with him and his shot from that acute angle beat Shilton and bulged the far top corner with aplomb, much to the shock of the Mohun Bagan defenders. 

Five minutes later, Prabir Das was guilty of heading wide after being unmarked in the box, following Kotal putting it on a plate for him from the right. 

Imran spilled a regulation cross in the dying minutes of the half but Prabir failed to capitalize on it, as the game finished 1-1 at half time.

The home side began the game, bubbling with energy as Yapo's cross saw Johar unmarked in the box but his header with his back to goal, landed only on the top of the net. 

Mohun Bagan seemed to grow into the game but misses from Duffy and Jeje did not help their cause. 

Substitute EB Channa who had played for Dempo in the past missed a header from close range after Mohamed Rameez had put the ball in the box. 

Mohun Bagan finally had the lead back in the 71st minute following a belter from Sehnaj Singh that gave Imran no chance. This was after Shouvik Ghosh had put in a cross in the box that was left by Jeje for the onrushing Sehnaj who hit it fast time with a lot of power. 

Almost immediately, Johar directed a header towards a goal from a Rameez cross but Shilton was alert to palm it away, maintaining Bagan's lead. 

As the half wore on, both teams looked to be drained of energy and besides Afeez testing Shilton with a curler, nothing much transpired as Mohun Bagan come back to Kolkata with an one goal advantage.

The return leg is on 6th February at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.