CFL 2018: Pintu Mahata stars as Mohun Bagan send Tollygunge Agragami packing

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Mohun Bagan shrug off Peerless Blues to beat Tollygunge Agragami 3-0 in their fifth match....

Mohun Bagan swept aside Tollygunge Agragami 3-0 in their fifth match of the 2018 Calcutta Football League (CFL) 'Premier Division A' at the Mohun Bagan ground on Sunday.

Aser Pierrick Dipanda (29') opened the scoring for Bagan. Azharuddin Mallick doubled the lead (35') and William Lalnunfela (84') got his first goal for the club to round off a clinical victory.

Sankar Lal Chakraborty made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Peerless SC. Pintu Mahata was reinstated into the starting XI whereas PM Britto made his first start for Mohun Bagan.

Sankar Roy continued to be the custodian under the sticks. He was protected by a back four of Abhishek Ambekar, Eze Kingsley, Lalchhawnkima and Arijit Bagui. Sourav Das and Shilton D'Silva paired at the centre of the park with Mahata and Britto on the flanks. Azharuddin Mallick and Aser Dipanda bore the responsibility of leading the lines. 

Bagan got the opportunity to draw first when Mahata was brought down inside the penalty box by Phoolchand Hembram on the 10th minute. But Dipanda's feeble attempt from the spot was parried away to safety by Subham Roy by diving low to his left. 

Bagan finally reaped rewards of their constant pressing football, as Dipanda scored jsut before the half-hour mark latching on to a low cross by Arijit Bagui from the right flank. Defender Richard Agwu misjudged the flight of the ball and Dipanda made no mistake to nod the ball home from close range. 

The lead could have been doubled three minutes later but this time the Cameroonian struck the post. However, the Mariners did not have to wait long to get their insurance goal when Bagui's curling flag-kick was flicked on to the goal beyond goalkeeper Subham Roy's reach by Mallick who was left unmarked at the near post. 

Mohun Bagan continued their dominance after the change of ends. But, their profligacy in front of goal continued as Roy made a stunning double save to first deny Azhar's attempt. The rebound fell for Dipanda who once again wasted a chance hitting straight at the keeper. 

The Tollygunge shot-stopper continued his heroics under the sticks as he kept out Britto's effort on a one-on-one position. His side got the first sight of goal in the 79th minute when Bagan's defence failed to clear Anand Singh's set-piece. After a goalmouth melee, the danger was finaly averted.

William Lalnufela had an immediate impact after coming on for the last ten minutes. The former Aizawl player paced down the flanks and laid it for Azhar whose brilliant hold up play bought enough time for William to make it to the box. At the nick of time, Azhar set up William who fired in to round up the victory.

The Green and Maroons now have 13 points from five games and are on top of the table. They play West Bengal Police SC next on 25 August at their own backyard.

 

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