Kolkata football giants Mohun Bagan gained full points, thanks Dicka’s 70th minute strike to register their second win of the season over Hero I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC at the TRC Turf ground here on Tuesday. The win takes Mohun Bagan to second spot in Hero I-League 2018-19. The mariners remain unbeaten in the league.
Real Kashmir suffered their second defeat on the trot at home, keeping them on four points from as many matches.
David Robertson of Kashmir handed first starts to as many as three players, Khalid Qayoom and Abhash Thapa in midfield and defence in place of Farhan Ganie and Brian Mascarenhas as well as playing Nagen Tamang as an extra midfielder in place of defender Muhammad Hammad.
Mohun Bagan Head Coach Sankarlal Chakraborty opted for just one change from last match against Indian Arrows, giving defender Dalraj Singh his first start in the ensuing I-League replacing Kim Kima.
The match started in the picturesque TRC ground, with bright sunshine. The teams played in a packed house, the enthusiasm of the speActators were understandable as their team was competing with one of the legendary team of Indian Football. Both teams were able to create chances about lacked precision near the box which saw both team going into the break with a score line of 0-0. Mohun Bagan in particular despite having more possession, seemed to be finding it difficult coming to terms with the conditions and the pitch.
Mohun Bagan then got their first chance in the 43rd minute, when Danish Farooq brought Cameroonian Dicka down in a dangerous position outside the Kashmir box. Ugandan Henry Kisseka’s effort from the set piece was brilliant but missed by a whisker.
The Cameroonian was not to be denied however and struck in the 70th minute to give Mohun Bagan the lead. Kisseka it was who got hold of the ball on the left flank and found his strike mate in between Kashmir defenders Ravanan and Loveday with a wonderful cross. Dicka made no mistake with his header slotting the ball into the back of the net, wrong-footing keeper Bilal in the process. Kisseka himself then got a chance to double the lead in the 78th minute, when after combining brilliantly with the goalscorer Dicka, he found himself on the end of a cross in front of the goalkeeper, but Mason made an important timely intervention.
Hero of the Match Dicka, the top goal scorer of the Hero I-League for the past two seasons, scored his third of this campaign on the day to earn the victory.