Mohun Bagan registered a 3-0 win over Neroca. Goals were scored by Nongdamba Naorem, Papa Diawara and Komron Tursunov.
Mohun Bagan registered an emphatic 3-0 victory away from home against Neroca FC at the Khuman Lampak Stadium on Thursday. By winning this match Kolkata Giants have extended their lead to six points and remains at the top of the table in an I-League encounter.
Nongdamba Naorem scored the first goal in the 27th minute before creating the second goal for Papa Diawara in the 53rd minute. Substitute Komron Tursunov added the third, deep into stoppage time, to seal the deal for the Mariners.
Neroca head coach Gift Raikhan made one change to his previous match line-up, with Ronald Singh coming in for Zico Sekle, while his Mohun Bagan counterpart Kibu Vicuna named an unchanged eleven.
Neroca had its first attempt against the run of play in the 16th minute, when a Marvin Phillip goal-kick found Boubacar Diarra, who went for glory from the half-way line after spotting Mohun Bagan keeper Sankar Roy off his line.
With the win, Mohun Bagan remains ahead of the chasing pack, taking its tally to 20 points, while Neroca drops to ninth in the I-League standings.
In the 42nd minute, Moiranghthem Meitei handled the ball just outside the box and conceded a free-kick. Diawara’s effort was parried away by Marvin.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time, late substitutes PM Britto and Komron Tursunov combined well for the team’s third goal. Tursunov made a great run to receive a through ball from Britto and squared it past Marvin to score his first goal for the club.
In the 53rd minute, Naorem delivered a cross that found a completely unmarked Diawara for Mohun Bagan’s second goal of the day.
Neroca failed to pose any real threat whatsoever, as the league leaders closed in on another victory. Despite being up by two goals, they were hungry for more and made no mistake in adding another goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.