Matchweek 3 of the Hero I-League featured two interesting clashes. While one was the highly anticipated Kolkata Derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, the other match was a battle between the I-League debutants, Aizawl FC and DSK Shivajians. The Derby ended in a 1-1 draw while Aizawl overcame the Shivajians with a 2-0 win on Saturday.
Sunday saw teams like Bengaluru FC, Mumbai FC, Shillong Lajong and Salgaocar in action. Mumbai FC beat Salgaocar FC 2-1 to hand the latter their third successive loss while Bengaluru FC raced to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Shillong Lajong FC.
Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal: Martins and Glen star in drawn Kolkata Derby
The match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal was the 313th Kolkata Derby and as usual, was witnessed by thousands of spectators in a near-full Salt Lake Stadium. In a high-intensity battle that featured the likes of Ranti Martins, Cornell Glen, Sony Norde and many more, young Bikash Jairu stole the limelight as he made some breathtaking runs down the left wing and created plenty of chances for East Bengal. For Mohun Bagan, Sony Norde impressed with his speed and agility earlier in the game.
After a goalless first half, the goal-drought was finally broken by East Bengal in the 63rd minute. Jairu was involved in the thick of things once again as he floated in a cross for Ranti Martins who calmly slotted the half-volleyed ball in the bottom left corner of the goal. Mohun Bagan equalized in the 77th minute when Cornell Glen headed Norde’s lobbed pass off a freekick, past goalkeeper TP Rehenesh who could not hold on to the ball. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Aizawl FC Prevail in the clash of the I-League debutants:
Aizawl FC hosted new I-League entrants DSK Shivajians on Saturday and defeated them by a convincing 2-0 margin. Alfred Jayran and Yuta Kinowaki scored for the Mizoram-based team in the first half and that was sufficient for them to bag three points. The DSK Shivajians are yet to score a goal after having played over 180 minutes.
The Shivajians, managed by Derrick Pereira, may be new in the I-League but they certainly pack a punch with members like Mohammad Rafi, Subrata Paul, Israil Gurung and Douhou Pierre. All they need is a victory to get them off the mark.
Seong-Yong brace helps Bengaluru FC hammer Shillong Lajong:
I-League 2015 runners-up Bengaluru FC were a fired up unit on Sunday as they outplayed Shillong Lajong FC in their first home game at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium. The Sunil-Chhetri team registered a comfortable 3-0 victory including a brace from North Korean attacker Kim Seong-Yong.
The Blues started the match on a high when the visitors gave the ball away at kick-off and John Johnson sent in a long pass towards Kim. The latter found local lad CK Vineeth inside the penalty area and passed the ball forward. Vineeth made no mistake in netting home the opener in the very first minute of the game. Shillong Lajong’s misery was doubled by Kim Seong-Yong who scored his first goal for the club. Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s shot was blocked by the Shillong keeper and Kim landed the decisive blow on the rebound in the 35th minute.
Bengaluru FC rounded off their victory with another goal in the second half. Lyngdoh was the provider once again, this time with a delightful through ball for Kim who scored his second goal of the night in the 65th minute. With this win, Bengaluru FC moved to the top of the I-League table with 9 points to their name.