Mohun Bagan hold Shillong Lajong FC 1-1
Kolkata: Shillong Lajong held Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw in a crucial I-League encouner on Thursday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. Dipanda Dicka gave Bagan the lead in the 12th minute but Samuel Lalmuanpuia restored parity in the match at the 72nd minute. Both the goals were scored from the penalty spot.
Mohun Bagan coach took a risk by dropping both Sony Norde and Ansumana Kromah from the 18-man squad. Both the players were carrying injuries from the Churchill Brothers match. Abhishek Das replaced injured right back Arijit Bagui. Shilton D'Silva came in place of Yuta Kinowaki, who had dislocated his shoulder in the previous game. Dipendu Dowary was fielded in the left flank as a replacement of Norde and Naro Hari Shrestha started upfront alongside Dipanda Dicka. Lajong boss Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet made just one change in the starting XI. Yemen's Aiman Al-Hagri replaced Lalrohlua.
Bagan took control of the game right from the kick off. They got a chance to score the opening goal as early as in the 2nd minute of the game. Dipendu Dowary curled a free-kick inside the box which was laid-off by Shilton D'Silva. Dipanda Dicka attempted a back volley but the ball went way above the cross bar.
The home side took just 12 minutes to break the deadlock as Dipanda Dicka scored the opening goal from the penalty spot. Faiaz followed a long ball from Kinshuk Debnath inside the Lajong box, but before the winger could reach the ball, Lajong's Rakesh Pradhan committed a foul and conceded the penalty. Dicka calmly found the back of the net against his old team.
The Green and Maroons were clearly in control of the game during the first 45 minutes.