KOLKATA: Bayi Kamo Stephane hit four as Mohun Bagan beat Pathachakra Club 5-2 in CFL Premier Division – A on Monday.
The win took Mohun Bagan’s tally to 9 points from 3 games and they share the top position with arch rivals East Bengal, who also have nine points with identical goal difference.
The Mariners squandered a host of chances, looked shaky in defense and needed a brilliant Kamo performance to come from behind and see off a Pathachakra side who played attractive football at Mohun Bagan Ground.
Mohun Bagan began the better of both sides and orchestrated many moves but missed goal scoring opportunities whenever they approached Pathachakra’s final third.
After 14 minutes of play, Pathachakra was to stun the Mariners with the opener that came as a result of a counter attack after they had survived a Mohun Bagan invasion.
Nadong Bhutia capitalised on a poor clearance and smashed home a powerful left footer from inside the box past the helpless Shilton Paul in goal.
Having thus been bruised, Mohun Bagan reacted and succeeded in cancelling the lead nine minutes later.
Kamo’s quick break from the middle caught the Pathachakra defense flatfooted and the Ivorian delivered a cool finish to set the tone for the massacre.
The Mariners, thereafter, held dominance with a goal beckoning with every move and in the 42nd minute Kamo consolidated Mohun Bagan’s lead.
Chesterpaul Lyngdoh curled in a great cross from a flag-kick which wasn’t properly cleared and fell for Kamo inside the box. The striker controlled the ball and smashed home.
Meanwhile, rivals Pathachakra failed to trouble the Mohun Bagan back-line much as the Mariners defended brilliantly, nullifying the threat of Eric Brown and and later on substitute Joel Sunday, which meant the first half ended 2-1.
The second half was largely dominated by the Mariners after taking control of the game from the opponents and increased their lead in the 59th minute.
Azharuddin Mallick cut in from the flank and sent a brilliant through ball to Ansumana Kromah who made no mistake in controlling and slotting it home.
Mohun Bagan stepped up the tempo after the goal and two minutes after the hour mark Kamo completed his hat-trick after a charging Kromah delivered a pinpoint pass to him in front of the goal.
Meanwhile, on a few occasions Pathachakra created anxious moments for the Mohun Bagan defense marshaled around Nigerian Eze Kingsley but they lacked the cutting edge to stage a comeback that would have been a fair reward for their brand of fine football.
Pathachakra were even awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute when Snehasish Chakraborty was brought down inside the box but Sunday failed to found the target from the spot.
With Mohun Bagan cruising, the confidence of the players understandably soared and Kamo made it five in the very last minute of the regulation time.
However, just when the game appeared to be ending with the score line unchanged, Sunday took advantage of poor defending to score Pathachakra’s second in injury time.