Aizawl temporarily climbed to the top of the Hero I-League ladder on Saturday following their 2-0 defeat of Mumbai FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Mizoram.
The home side dominated the Round 12 game for the most part, with Ivorian striker Bayi Kamo striking twice in the second half to secure all 3 points and give his side 26 points in total after 12 games.
His first goal in the 65th minute came just after the frustrated crowd had been shouting ‘Kamo out, Kamo out’ and then Brandon VL delivered from the left for Kamo to volley home.
As if to prove the crowd wrong, Kamo delivered another in the 78th minute this time from Amna’s pass and was awarded the Hero of the Match for his efforts.
Saturday’s second match saw Kingfisher East Bengal knock Aizawl off their temporary top spot, after they defeated hosts Shillong Lajong 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong.
The visitors had the match firmly in their control. Australian striker Christopher Payne scored a brace in the 8th and 33rd minute, the first goal from a defensive lapse by Shillong backline, the second came literally from out of nothing.
Aser Dipanda reduced the margin for the hosts in the 64th minute after he headered the ball home but the side failed to capitalise thereafter.
During the last match of the day, Churchill Brothers inflicted this season’s first defeat on Mohun Bagan, with a 2-1 win at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute after Sony Norde sent a cross through to Prabir Das who netted the ball without much fuss.
Second half goals from Trinidad and Tobago striker Anthony Wolfe and Chesterpoul Lyngdoh cancelled this goal out in the 65th and 71st minute.
The win was Churchill’s second in three games under their new coach and saw them move to 6th place on the table with 12 points.