I-League 2018-19: Fitter and sharper East Bengal edge Mohun Bagan in a Kolkata derby devoid of genuine quality
The Kolkata derby was game of fine margins – East Bengal registering a 2-0 victory and thus a league double over their arch rivals after 15 years
I-League will be difficult than winning Calcutta Football League, says Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty
Mohun Bagan clinched the local league with a match to spare, ending arch-rivals East Bengal's juggernaut, to lift their 30th title after a gap of eight years.
Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen has been in the line of fire and the latest draw did not go well at their home ground as supporters demanded his sacking shouting 'go back' slogans.
The Mohun Bagan ground, which has had an average attendance of 20,000 in their Calcutta Football League matches this year, is all set to make its debut in the I-League.
Less-fancied Shillong Lajong held favourites but a depleted Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw in an I-League encounter at the Salt lake Stadium on Thursday.
Having held by Minerva by a last-minute equaliser in the season opener, Mohun Bagan have bounced back in style with a derby win followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Churchill Brothers.
I-League 2017-18: Mohun Bagan ride on Eze Kingsley's solitary goal to beat East Bengal in Kolkata derby
Kingsley scored off a low but powerful header from a Sony Norde corner kick to help Mohun Bagan break an anxious 40 minutes stalemate for the former champions.
Bengaluru FC defeated Shillong Lajong 3-2 in a tight encounter to make a flying start to their campaign at the 38th edition of the ongoing Hero Federation Cup in Cuttack on Monday.