Bagan outclasses Aizawl 2-0 in Shankarlal’s first assignment

After the resignation of Sanjoy Sen, Mohun Bagan got back to winning ways under new coach Shankarlal Chakraborty against Aizawl FC in the Hero I-League match on Sunday.

Dipanda Dicka scored Bagan's second goal of the day against Aizawl after rounding off the 'keeper.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Mohun Bagan shook off the winless spell extending for four rounds by downing the defending champion Aizawl FC 2-0 in an I-League match here at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After playing three draws and a suffering a loss against Chennai City FC, that forced its original head coach Sanjoy Sen to quit, Mohun Bagan regained the winning form under new coach Shankarlal Chakraborty by scoring twice in the second half. Aizawl FC’s Afghan defender Masih Saighani scored an own goal to give Bagan the lead before Cameroonian striker Aser Dipanda Dicka struck the insurance goal to give Mohun Bagan the full quota of points. After the win Mohun Bagan tallied 13 points from eight outings to remain four points behind the current leader East Bengal. Aizawl FC remained in the sixth spot with 10 points from six outings.

The new Mohun Bagan coach brought in six changes in the side that had surrendered against Chennai City (1-2) barely five days ago. Among the notable inclusions were defender Kinshuk Debnath and the new Australian signing Cameron Watson who joined Raynier Fernandes in the centre of the creative zone. Dipendu Dowary and Nikhil Kadam started on the wings to complete a revamped midfield that Shankarlal strung up in absence of the injured Sony Norde.

With Dipanda missing a couple of chances and the seasoned Aizawl midfielder Shylo Malswamtluanga making a goal-line clearance, the opening session ended barren. Bagan broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Saighani made a costly error and sent the ball into own net while trying to clear Mohun Bagan wing-back Ricky Lallawmawma's cross. Instead of going on the defensive Bagan sustained the attack mode and doubled the lead by the 75th minute when Dipanda Dicka held on to a floater from Nikhil Kadam and finished the move with a nice solo effort.

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