Mohun Bagan 0-2 Churchill Brothers
The first chance to break the deadlock came for Mohun Bagan
in the second minute. Marcos’s free kick was poorly cleared by the Churchill
defense. The ball felf for James Singh, who was unlucky to hit the cross bar.
Three minutes later Bagan got a corner which was taken by Marcos but was easily
collected by Arindam Bhattacharya.
Churchill immediately responded with a counter attack. Naoba
sent a cross for Paite in the penalty area. However, Paite’s couldn’t reach the
Again in the 14th minute Churchill midfielder
Ogba Kalu got past two Bagan players in the midfield and sent a through ball
for Odafa. But the pass was a little too heavy and was easily collected by Bagan
keeper Shilton Paul.
A few minutes later Churchill captain Odafa sent a beautiful
through ball for Paite down the left flank. Paite got past one defender and
crossed the ball inside the penalty area. Jaison Vales got the ball but could
not make the most of it as his first touch made it easy for Rakesh Masih to
clear it from danger.
In the 17th minute Churchill got an easy chance
to open the scoring. Paite’s ball to Vashum in the penalty area was wasted as
he took a careless shot which was easily collected by Shilton.
Ten minutes before the break Bagan came close through a
Micky Fernandez free kick from 20 yards. He did it well to get it past the wall
but it was saved by Arindam Bhattacharya.
The Churchill defence did not deal with the resulting corner
properly which gave Kulothungan the chance to get a cross into the box. Young
striker Suroj Mondal found himself unmarked but couldn’t direct his header
Churchill opened the scoring in the 41st minute
when Odafa got past two defenders in the penalty area. Deepak Mondal’s
challenge on Odafa diverted the ball towards Vashum who found the back of the net
with a powerful shot which left Shilton Paul helpless.
During the first half injury time Nigerian goal machine Odafa
Okolie scored the second. Rowilson sent a ball for Odafa who went past two
defenders. Then he rounded Shilton Paul and slotted the ball into the empty
Churchill went into the halftime break with a crucial two
The second half of the match saw some disorganized football.
Churchill played defensively while Mohan Bagan didn’t really get their passing
going and wasted the few chances they got.
Karim Bencherifa made two changes with Subha and Santa Kumar
replacing Suroj and Kolouthangan respectively. The first ten minutes of the
second half saw some clumsy football as the ball mostly remained in the mid
The first real attack of the second half came in the 61st
minute which forced a goal line clearance from Indian international defender Gouramangi
Singh. Masih’s lob was nodded towards goal by James Singh who had a great
opportunity to score as Churchill keeper Arindam was well out of his goal. However,
Gouramangi’s clearance preserved Churchill’s two goal lead.
Churchill themselves had an attack a few minutes later when
Odafa Okolie sent a teasing cross into the box which was not dealt with by
Surkumar Singh. The ball fell kindly for Paite but the midfielder failed to hit
A minute later Snehashish sent in a lovely cross for Marcos
inside the penalty area but the Brazilian couldn’t connect.
In the 67th minute when Churchill was making a
change, Robert was showing a stone to the referee which was probably thrown by
one of the spectators present in the stadium. However there was no delay as the
match carried on.
The remaining minutes saw Mohan Bagan playing some attacking
football and creating some chances but their forwards failed to execute them. In
the end Churchill held on for a historic triumph.
Goalscorers: Reisangmi Vashum 41’, Odafa Okolie 45+1’