I-League 2016-17, Rd-10: Mohun Bagan 3-1 DSK Shivajians

DSFC Staff, February 18, 2017

DSK Shivajians go down fighting to Mohun Bagan

Playing their third successive Away Match, DSK Shivajians went down fighting to a resurgent Mohun Bagan at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata. While Ongnam Milan Singh opened the scoring for DSK Shivajians, a quick fire double by Balwant Singh coupled with a late Katsumi Yusa penalty saw Mohun Bagan pick up all three points.

In contrast to the minute’s silence shared by both sided to pay their respects to the late Soumya Mukherjee, a Mohun Bagan fan who lost his life last week, the game was a remarkably feisty encounter. With a number of changes to the Starting Line-Up, it was a regular Starter Mawihmingthanga who got the first chance of  the game in the 8th minute with a half volley going just wide. Under the cosh for most of the opening quarter, the DSK Shivajians backline held up perfectly with Shane, Sajid, Sairuatkima and Gouramangi proving to be an exceptionally effective quadruple. On the counter however, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Juan Quero were putting in quite the shift testing Debjit on a number of occasions. The 33rd minute was, however, the point where the scoring was opened by Ongnam Milan Singh of DSK Shivajians. The magical feet of Quero beat Eduardo sliding a low ball in the box. Milan timed his run well to beat Debjit at the near post. In the ascendancy, DSK Shivajians ventured forward on a few more occasions with Sajid Dhot trying his luck from 30 yards out. Two quick fire goals on the 42nd and 44th minute by Balwant Singh, however, spelled the end of the DSK Shivajians campaign for the half.

The Second Half began with Mohun Bagan on the attack, with Sony Norde and Katsumi causing problems for the Away Sides defence. Balwant Singh came close to completing his hattrick on the 57th minute, denied by a loss of concentration. Sairuatkima and Jerry Lalrinzuala were constantly tested by the pace of Prabir Das on their left flank. The 75th minute saw another good attempt by Mohun Bagan, but the shot from Pronay went just over. Sensing danger of falling further behind, Juan Quero took it upon himself to get the equaliser with some magical movement and good link up play. The real chance for the equaliser came on the 81st minute where a Quero Free Kick was headed goalward by Lallianzuala. The clearance fell to Shane, whose no look flick flew inches wide of the goal. However, Mohun Bagan killed of any chances of recovery for the visitors when Katsumi scored from the spot on the 89th minute. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Mohun Bagan with DSK Shivajians remaining at 6th position with 10 points from as many encounters.

“A lapse in concentration cost us. People make mistakes and that’s football. If we went in to the break at 1-1, the game would be wide open but to go 2-1 down is a real sucker punch. It’s a learning curve for the young boys and we’ll come back stronger,” said First Team Manager Dave Rogers.  

DSK Shivajians will next play Churchill Brothers in Goa on the 26th of February. 

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