Everything that had to go right for Mohun Bagan did on Wednesday evening. It dented Mahindra United's title aspirations and, among other things, led to their coach David Booth leaving the post-match media conference in a huff.
Up against his former club, Edeh Chidi scored one and set up another and it had Mohun Bagan on their way to full points and a third place in the standings.
That's theirs by virtue of a better goal difference and could change because Churchill Brothers, also on 32 points, have played a match less than Mohun Bagan's 21. Chidi controlled Jose Barreto's long ball from the midfield and held off Kalialauddin Nishtar's challenge long enough inside the area to let Seuoka Ryuji fetch up and stab home. A touch of class on the stroke of half-time made K.
Ajayan look foolish and culminated in Barreto being felled in the area by Subhasish Roychowdhury but the goalie could do little as Chidi blasted into the top corner following an angular run.
Svetozar Mijin, who was partnering Mohammed Rafi on the frontline messed up following the corner-kick after Steven Dias forced a headed clearance from N.S. Manju in the first minute. Rafi managed a header in the 79th, which Paul parried. But couldn't stop another header in the second-half stoppage time. Mohun bagan scored again. Surkumar— the right back —cut in and rifled a shot, too powerful for Subhasish to grip. Snehasish Chakraborty followed up to tap home.
JCT, Pune FC win
JCT downed Chirag United 1-0 riding on Henry Ezeh's 54th min goal.