Mohun Bagan dent Neroca's title hopes
Imphal : Birthday boy Dipanda Dicka notched a brace and Akram Moghrabi netted the winner as Mohun Bagan came out 3-2 victors over NEROCA FC at the Khuman Lampak Stadium on Sunday.
Felix Chidi and Singam Subhash Singh scored the goals for the home side but weren't to hold their lead and allowed the visitors to get back into the game.
Felix Chidi was brought back into the lineup in place of Nedo Turkovic as NEROCA FC looked to win and stay on top of the Hero I-League table.
Sankarlal Chakraborty made three changes to his side - Kinshuk Debnath, Yuto Kinowaki and Mallick replaced Rana Gharami, Faiaz and Raynier Fernandes.
The hosts did not have to wait too long to break open the deadlock. Singam Subhash Singh robbed the ball of Kinshuk before chipping the ball over the custodian in the 16th minute to give his side a wonderful start to the game.
The celebrations of the first goal were cut short four minutes later when Akram Moghrabi released Dipanda into the box. The striker was brought down before he could get his shot away by Bishorjit and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot.
Aser Dipanda stepped up to hit the net for the tenth time this season and to level things for Bagan.
A failed overhead clearance by Kinshuk allowed Tondonba to find Felix Chidi who did his best impression of a fox in the box by neatly slotting the ball past Shilton to make it 2-1 in the 24th minute.