KALYANI, WEST BENGAL: Mohun Bagan missed a chance to go on top of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log as Aryan Club stunned them 2-1 at Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.
The Mariners went into the match at fourth position on 11 points, two behind leaders Peerless SC. Coach Kibu Vicuna would’ve fancied the chances of his team getting the better of Aryan, but Rajdip Nandy’s charges had other ideas.
After a barren first-half, Man of the Match Gatch Arthure Diomande (63′) and Sandip Oraon (80′) give Aryan a two-goal lead before Mohun Bagan reduced the deficit through Subho Ghosh (89′), but the day belonged to Aryan who claimed full three points.
Both teams struggled with their first touch, and neither seemed too confident of their abilities in the first 15-odd minutes.
Nonetheless, Mohun Bagan’s confidence slowly started to grow as the first-half unfolds. Possession-wise Mohun Bagan seemed to have the upper hand and certainly in terms of shots on goals the Mariners were keeping their opponent’s goalkeeper Syed Bin Abul Qadir much busier than their own custodian Debjit Majumder was.
Salva Chamorro, Suhair VP and Nongdamba Naorem looked as threatening today as they did in the previous match against Geroge Telegraph, however between some solid defending and the safe hands of Qadir, the attackers were unable to get an edge on their opponent.
At the other end Danjuma Kuti and Gatch led the Aryan offensive efforts but like their opponents, couldn’t find a way to break down that final line.
With tension building after the interval, it was Gatch who stamped his authority on the proceedings in the 63rd minute when he picked up the ball on the half-way line and chipped over Debjit from 45 yards to score a goal which reminds Luis Suarez’s wonder-goal against Norwich City in 2012.
Nonetheless, as the match progressed, it looked like an equaliser was almost certainly on the horizon for Mohun Bagan as they dominated possession and kept Qadir working hard.
However, by pushing forward the Mariners have left themselves exposed and vulnerable at the back and Aryan took full advantage against the run of play when they doubled their advantage in the 80th minute through Sandip.
With Aryan taking a two-goal lead, Mohun Bagan had to throw caution to the wind as they launched a wave of attacks on the Aryan defence and managed to pull a goal back though substitute Subho Ghosh in the 89th minute.
As the clock counted down, Mohun Bagan threw everything they had to try and find a goal which would help them secure at least a deserved point, however Aryan held their nerves to narrowly edge past their rivals for a famous win to the delight of their coach.
“It’s hard for me to put it into words but you could see it in the emotion of my players it means a lot to us,” said Rajdip Nandy.