Mohun Bagan rekindled their title hopes on Saturday after their 3-0 victory over title holders Bengaluru at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata.
It was the first match of the Hero I-League week 15 following the international break, the remaining games to be played this coming weekend.
Mohun head coach Sanjoy Sen was pleased with the result before they embark on their packed calendar which includes the AFC Cup games.
“People questioned if the international break would break the rhythm but for me the break was important as we did not have a great few games before that and the 14-day break provided rest to the injured players. Look at Sehnaj Singh, he had an injury and thanks to the break he performed exceedingly well today,” he said.
Yusa Katsumi ruffled the back of the net in the 11th minute only for it to be ruled as offside. He went on to score a brace either side of the break. His first 3 minutes later after he found space at the edge of the box from Sony Norde’s ball which he shot low and slow diagonally.
Darryl Duffy doubled the lead with a brilliant header in the 25th minute with his seventh goal of the season, after Norde’s free kick fell into this path.
The win was sealed in the 53rd minute by the skipper who once again angled a low shot from a Norde pass to beat Nishu and Arminder. It was almost a hat-trick for Yusa 15 minutes before time but his skewered shot went over the bar.
The Kolkata giants are third on the ladder with 26 points, 4 points below Aizawl who sit at the top having played one more game. East Bengal sit in second place with 27 points but have also played one extra game, while Bengaluru lie at fifth with 18 points.