I-League 2017-18: Mohun Bagan 2-0 Aizawl FC: Sankarlal Chakraborty begins with a win
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The Mariners tasted success in their first match post the resignation of former head coach Sanjoy Sen...

Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways in the I-League with a 2-0 victory over Aizawl FC at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Masih Saighani scored an own goal in the 53rd minute to hand Bagan the lead while Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka (75') scored the first goal from open play for his side after four games.  

Shankarlal Chakraborty, in his first match as the full-time boss, made six changes from the eventful 2-1 loss to Chennai City FC. Kinshuk Debnath returned with the armband on, Arijit Bagui was deemed fit to start.

In a completely overhauled midfield, Cameron Watson made his Mohun Bagan debut with Raynier Fernandes partnering him in the centre. Dipendu Dowary started on the left as Nikhil Kadam slotted in on the right.

For Aizawl FC, David Lalrinmuana was dropped as Paulo Menezes made four alterations from the away victory at Gokulam Kerala FC. Yugo Kobayashi and Hmingthan Mawia found themselves on the bench while H.Lalmuankima left for pastures new in FC Goa.

Alfred Jaryan was given another chance with Lalthathanga Khawlhring and William Lalnufela was ushered into the team. Former maidan hero Shylo 'Mama' Malsawmtluanga also made his first league start of the season. 

The right-back Bagui, returning after a long injury lay-off, made an immediate impact. He delivered a ball inside the box after beating Hmunmawia which Dipanda cleverly dummied for Dowary who shot over from close range.

In the 13th minute, Kareem Omolaja rattled the upright with a thunderous shot from about 45 yards. Shilton Paul dived in vain but the woodwork came to his rescue. 

Ansumana Kroma Dipanda Dicka Nikhil Kadam Mohun Bagan Aizawl FC I-League 2017/2018

Dipanda went on to bottle two chances within six minutes. First, he missed his chance with only the 'keeper to beat and then Avilash Paul came out of his box in the 22nd minute and the former Lajong man played a one-two with Kadam to open up a shot but failed to hit the target.

The 33-year-old Malsawmtluanga made a goalline clearance from Kingsley's header from a flag-kick that Raynier Fernandes sent in. That summed up the first half as a wasteful Mohun Bagan could not open the scoring. 

The deadlock was finally broken by an own goal scored by the generally astute Saighani. Ricky Lallawmawma's low cross was tapped in by the Afghan-international to his own net.

Ansumana Kromah then saw his header from Humnmawia's clearance only hit the sidebar with Avilash off his line.

Last season's Golden Boot winner Dipanda then made sure of the points for Bagan when he latched onto Kadam's lob over Omolaja and rounded the 'keeper to slot home from 16 yards.

Chakraborty's wards rose to the fourth spot on the table with thirteen points from eight games - four points behind league leaders and arch-rivals East Bengal.

Mohun Bagan host Minerva Punjab at the very venue midweek while Aizawl FC - sixth on the table - have a six-day gap before they play Chennai City FC on Saturday at home.

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