Minerva, Mohun Bagan register draw
Ludhiana: The season opener game of the 11th edition of the Hero I-League ended in a perfect fashion with Minerva Punjab registering 1-1 draw against Mohun Bagan here on Saturday.
Mohun Bagan were cruising to victory with a 1-0 lead but a very late equalizer from Minerva Punjab resulted in shared points.
Before the game began, a minute of silence was observed for the former All India Football Federation President P.R. Dasmunsi, who passed away recently. Minerva Punjab looked more dominating in the first half and kept most of the possession. Mohun Bagan on the other hand were more alert and played with caution.
All the attack of Minerva came from the left flank in the early moments where Bhutanese forward Chencho tried to break up the Mohun Bagan defence multiple times but failed each time.
Sony Norde had a good opportunity to give the away side a lead in 29th minute but his free-kick just missed the left corner of goal post. A sheer moment of brilliance from Norde against the run of play in 42ndminute lead to the first goal of the game.
Norde received the ball just ahead of the central defenders, he quickly dribbled the ball to the left beating Dano with his pace before slotting the ball in the bottom left corner.
At the end of half-time away side Mohun Bagan lead by a goal to nil against the home team Minerva Punjab.