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Bagan ride high ahead of EB derby

Mohun Bagan tasted their first win after the revocation of their ban by the AIFF as they thrashed ONGC 3-1 in a Round 19 I-League fixture at Kalyani on friday.

Mohun Bagan were winless from three matches but the return of Nigerian forward Odafa Okolie from a three-match suspension revived their sagging morale as he combined well with Tolgay Ozbey up front to earn three points for his side.

Bagan’s win also ended ONGC’s eight-match unbeaten run.

Ozbey (10th) opened the scoring from an Odafa assistance, while the Australian set up for Jewel Raja (63rd) to give a 2-0 lead.Odafa (72nd) got into the act to complete the rout as the green-and-maroon brigade brought smile back on their supporters ahead of the return leg derby against East Bengal on February 9.

Sohrabuddin Mollick (83rd) reduced the margin for ONGC but could not make further inroads to suffer their first defeat in two months.

The Delhi-based team had lost last on December 1 last year when they were thrashed 1-4 by Pailan Arrows in a round nine fixture.

Mohun Bagan’s struggling goalkeeper Shilton Paul stood out under the bar as he thwarted ONGC’s attacks on more than one occasions as they won after one loss and two draws since their return from the ban. Bagan have five points from 14 matches.
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