Chencho Gyeltshen scored twice in Minerva´s stunning win over The Mariners
The ninth round encounter of the 2017-18 Hero I-league saw home side Mohun Bagan receiving the 2-0 defeat against North India powerhouse Minerva Punjab FC at Yuba Bharti Krirangan(Salt Lake Stadium) on Wednesday evening.
The visitors were aggressive from the very word go and earned the free kick in the opening minute after Chencho was fouled by Kinshuk at the left wing. Mohun Bagan responded well and earned the consecutive corner in the following minutes.
Nevertheless, it was visitors who found the target first in the 23rd minute through Bhutanese Chencho Gyeltshen whose powerful shot got the deflection to beat Shibinraj Kunniyil in his position.
Chencho Gyeltshen found the second goal of the match in the 31st minute after Asiedu´s through-ball was could not be cleared by Bagan back line and Chencho raced in to take the final shot on target and gave Minerva Punjab the 2-0 lead.
Four Minute later Mohun Bagan had the golden opportunity to reduce the margin when Dipanda was brought down inside the box by Minerva goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar conceding the penalty. However, Ansumana Kromah failed to beat Dagar.
At the break, Punjab side was comfortably cushioned with the 2-0 lead.
The second half was no difference either as Minerva Punjab enjoyed the majority of ball possession while Mohun Bagan kept searching for the goal clueless. Kromah and Dipanda combo tried their level best to find the target but Minerva custodian Rakshit Dagar stayed tough at his position the frustrate home side with each passing minute.
Eze Kingsley finally pulled one for The Mariners in the injury minute but it was too less to little for the home side to bounce back.
With the win, Minerva Punjab climbs up to the summit of the league with 19 points from 8 games.
Full-time: Mohun Bagan 1-2 Minerva Punjab
90+6: Yellow card Souvik Das
90+4: GOAL!! Eze Kingsley Obumneme scores for Mohun Bagan
90+2: Substitution for Minerva Amandeep Singh OFF Akash Sangwan IN
90: Five minutes of additional time.
86: Substitution for Minerva Punjab Chencho Gyeltshen OFF Souvik Das IN
77: Substitution for Mohun Bagan Ansumana Kromah OFF Naro Hari Shrestha IN
76: Yellow card Cameron Watson
69: Substitution for Minerva Moinuddin Khan OFF Lago Dagbo Bei IN
46: second half kick off
Half-time: Mohun Bagan 0-2 Minerva Punjab
45+1: Yellow card William Opoku Asiedu
45+1: Yellow card Kingshuk Debnath
45: Three minutes of added time
37: Penalty Miss Ansumana Kromah
31: Substitution for Mohun Bagan Beikhokhei Beingaichho OFF Sheikh Faiaz IN
30: GOAL!! Chencho Gyeltshen scores for Minerva Punjab
26: Yellow card Kassim Aidara
23: GOAL!! Chencho Gyeltshen scores for Minerva Punjab
1: First half kick off..
Minerva Punjab FC line-up: Rakshit Dagar (GK); Deepak Devrani, Sukhdev Singh, Guy Eric Dano, Abhishek Ambekar, Amandeep Singh, Kassim Aidara (C), Kamalpreet Singh, William Opoku Asiedu, Chencho Gyeltshen, Moinuddin Khan.