Both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal finished off their 2018 Calcutta Football League (CFL) Premier Division 'A' commitments with victories in their respective games on Tuesday.
MOHUN BAGAN 2-1 MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING
Fresh after the title celebrations, Mohun Bagan head coach shuffled the pack a bit. Amey Ranawade and Gurjinder Kumar were ushered in as the full-backs as William Lalnufela and Darren Caldeira also started. Henry Kisseka was rested as Azharuddin Mallick partnered Aser Pierrick Dipanda up top.
The 'Mini Derby', being played at the Salt Lake Stadium saw an inactive first half as the first sight of the ball ruffling the net was in the 71st minute and that too Mohammedan had taken a shock lead. Philip Ajdah broke from the right and saw the 'keeper Ricardo Cardozo being iffy off his line as his shot from an acute angle nestled right into the far corner of the net, silencing the joyous Mariners for a while.
It was Tirthankar Sarkar, whose left-footed goal from a 30-yard free-kick levelled the game in the 82nd minute. With seconds to go for the end of regulation time, Dipanda's diagonal ball for Pintu Mahata saw the winger surge into the box unmarked, unleashing a lethal left-footer from 15 yards, ensuring an unbeaten run to the campaign.
EAST BENGAL 1-0 FOOD CORPORATION OF INDIA (FCI)
After losing out on the title race last week, a first in eight seasons, East Bengal finally returned to winning ways after a draw and two losses. Kamalpreet Singh was shifted to right full-back and Mahmoud Al Amna featured from the beginning as Bidyasagar Singh got a rare start.
It was Joby Justin whose 12th-minute strike proved to be enough for the Red and Golds. Sanchayan Samadder was given a run-out in the second half for Gagandeep Bali, who ended the CFL without scoring a single goal.
The Bastob Roy-coached side ended with 23 points but with Peerless SC having a game in hand and only a point behind, a second spot on the table is not guaranteed.
|2018 CFL TOP 3 STANDINGS (as on 18 Sept)|
|Mohun Bagan (C)||11||9||2||0||27||6||+21||29|