I-League 2017: Mohun Bagan crush Minerva Punjab FC, move to top of the table

Kolkata: Jeje Lalpekhlua and Darryl Duffy each struck twice as Mohun Bagan hammered debutants Minerva Punjab FC 4-0 in an I-League football match at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Mohun Bagan were unstoppable against Minerva Punjab. Image courtesy: Twitter/@ILeagueOfficial

Mohun Bagan were unstoppable against Minerva Punjab. Image courtesy: Twitter/@ILeagueOfficial

Scottish striker Duffy continued with his ominous form as he found the target in the 16th and 32nd minutes, while the AIFF Player of the Year Jeje (28th and 77th) added to the tally on both sides of the break as Mohun Bagan toyed with the defence of the Punjab side.

With their third successive home win this season, Bagan lead the I-League table with nine points.

Bolstered by the inclusion of their high-profile Haitian striker Sony Norde, who started along with Jeje, Mohun Bagan, with five changes, looked menacing right from the start.

Sony did not have a goal to his name but the Haitian assisted in the first two goals that tightened the noose around the debutants.

Mohun Bagan now hit the road as they will face Goan outfit Churchill Brothers in their season's first away encounter on 21 January.

Backed by a boisterous crowd who shouted every time he held the possession, Sony was in his elements and set up the opening goal from an awkward angle outside the box from the left before Duffy gave the lead with a perfectly-timed header.

Jeje then opened his account this season with attacking play.

Souvik Chakraborti found Bose clear and a one-two with Sony saw the Under-22 left-back overlap the Haitian and cross it square for Jeje who was on the run inside the box before scoring a first touch goal.

Two minutes later, Sony found himself in another dangerous move with Duffy getting his head onto it before being thwarted by Arashpreet Singh. The former East Bengal player Arashpreet Singh was solid in the defence, only to be let down by his colleagues.

Duffy brought up his second double with his right-footer when Katsumi Yusa set up a long ball from centre.

Sony hit the woodwork in the 57th minute as the third goal eluded them till the 77th minute when Jeje got the ball from Pronay Halder and completed the rout.

Minerva looked closest to reduce the margin after the changeover but luck eluded them when substitute Joel Sunday's shot hit the crosspiece in the 64th minute.

Published Date: Jan 17, 2017 20:18 PM | Updated Date: Jan 17, 2017 20:18 PM

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