In-form Mohun Bagan continued their winning streak as they beat Indian Arrows in an I-League match in Kalyani on Thursday. It was a home match for the green and maroon brigade.
With four wins on the trot, Mohun Bagan have turned their fortunes around after a subdued start to the season. The Kolkata giants began with a draw at Aizawl before a 2-4 loss at home to Churchill Brothers.
The Kolkata Giants dominated possession for bulk of the match and could have scored a few more if they were not denied by the woodwork on a couple of occassions.
Kibu Vicuna the Spanish Coach of Mohun Bagan chose to stick to the winning combination that got the better of Real Kashmir on Sunday.
In the 18th minute, the blue brigade suffered their first setback when Daniel Cyrus scored a world-class goal from 20-yards. Nongdamba Naorem’s attempt at goal was deflected off Bikash Yumnam and the loose ball was received by Cyrus.He fired a first-time volley which nestled at the back of the net in the blink of an eye.
Bagan could have doubled their lead on the 24th minute when Mehta-Suhair partnership clicked again. The right-back released Suhair but the Kerala-born striker’s stinging shot at goal was saved.
Indian Arrows’ coach Shanmugam Venkatesh made one single change from their last match against Gokulam Kerela with Harmanpreet Singh getting the nod ahead of Aman Chhetri.
Indian Arrows head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh said, “The game of football is all about hard work and belief. What you have to understand is that most of these boys in this Arrows batch have only played at the junior level before. While they all are quality, playing against senior teams require an amount of experience.
In the final quarter, Indian Arrows started dominating proceedings and had stifled Bagan with their attacking prowess. In injury time they came agonisingly close to level scores but Papa Diawara’s timely clearance averted the danger.