Mohun Bagan rout F C Kochin
Formidable Mohun Bagan put their title quest back on rails, blanking F C Kochin 3-0 in a one-sided
National Football League encounter in Kolkata on Saturday.
Nigerian Abdullatif Seriki emerged the star of the day
at the Salt Lake stadium as he not only struck a brace but
also played a vital role in the other goal, which was scored by R C
The victory propelled Bagan to the fourth position
in the league standings with 22 points from 13 matches.
Bagan, who had dropped to the eighth spot after two
consecutive losses -- against Mahindra United and Vasco Sports
Club, looked a transformed side, impressive in all departments
of the game, despite the absence of star Brazilian striker
Jose Ramirez Barreto and his compatriot and defensive fulcrum
Amauri de Silva due to double bookings.
Nothing seemed to go right for F C Kochin, and they were unable to have a look at the Bagan
goal even once. They now have only 10 points from 13 matches.
Determined to settle the issue quickly, Bagan went ahead
as early as the fourth minute as Dulal Biswas essayed a
30-yard centre, which Seriki trapped well and then lost no time
in setting up Prakash to chip into goal.
Bagan kept up the tempo and was rewarded only five minutes
later when Seriki again slammed home, keeping Kochin defender
Niaz Rahman at bay, after the spadework was done by Basudeb
Ahead 2-0 at the breather, the winners scored an insurance
goal in the 73rd minute, with Seriki finding the target with a
header from close. Kochin goalkeeper Shibu Shanmugam was foxed
as the ball dropped just before him before bouncing into the
National Football League - the complete coverage