CFL 2018: Henry Kisekka's brace against Calcutta Customs lands 30th title for Mohun Bagan

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Mohun Bagan ended arch-rivals East Bengal's juggernaut by becoming CFL champions after eight years...

Mohun Bagan clinched Calcutta Football League (CFL) 2018 with a match in hand after they beat Calcutta Customs 2-0 in their 10th match at the Mohun Bagan/CCFC ground on Wednesday. Henry Kisekka (4’, 45’) was in fine form as he bagged both the goals to help the Mariners lift their 30th title.

Sankarlal Chakraborty fielded the strongest possible lineup in a 4-4-2 formation with Sankar Roy under the sticks. It was a familiar four-man defense shielding Roy with Eze Kingsley and Lalchhawnkima slotting in as the two centre backs while Abhishek Ambekar and Arijit Bagui took their usual position as the two usual wing backs.

The Mariners looked in complete control right from the first whistle and were determined to wrap up the league title in front of a full-capacity home crowd. They drew blood with the very first goalscoring opportunity.

Henry Kisekka scored his fifth goal of the campaign after beautifully chest-trapping Bagui’s long ball from the right flank.

Mohun Bagan looked like a well-oiled machine as they arguably played the best football in the opening 45 minutes. They dominated every blade of grass and were lethal in their attacking forays. Mahata and Bagui combined well on the right wing and on the other side, Britto and Ambekar complimented each other magnificently.

Both central midfielders D’Silva and Das looked comfortable with the ball and produced some incisive forward passes to link-up play with the striking duo of Kisekka and Dipanda.

It was a tough day at office for Dipanda as the Cameroonian wasted two gilt-edged opportunities to secure Bagan’s insurance goal. First, it was Ambekar’s inch-perfect cross from the left which he nudged wide of the near post and minutes later when Kisekka set him up in front of goal, he blasted his effort over the crossbar.

But Dipanda made up for his wastefulness in front of goal when he split up the entire Customs defence with a magnificent through ball and found Kisekka just outside the six-yard box. The Ugandan striker controlled the ball with a deft first touch and calmly slotted it beyond Suvam Sen’s reach.

The Maroon and Greens could have scored their third in the 58th minute but Azharuddin Malik’s header was denied by the post.

Mohun Bagan will next take on Mohammedan Sporting in an inconsequential fixture at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan on September 18.

 

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