Calcutta: The 4-2 scoreline may give an impression that Mohun Bagan had it easy against Eastern Railway. But the fact is Bagan had to rally hard on Wednesday’s CFL Premier Division Super Nine tie, in Kalyani.
For Bagan, though, a win at any cost is what matters at present as they now move up to the second position with 13 points, five behind table-toppers East Bengal.
It took Bagan just two minutes to take the lead after C.S. Sabeeth fired home a right-footed grounder, off Manish Maithani’s pass. Eastern Railway, however, levelled the scores in the dying moments of the first session when Aibor Khongjee, while trying to clear Goutam Pal’s centre, put it into his own goal.
Bagan, however, didn’t take much time to regain their lead. Eleven minutes after the break, Odafe finally found the target, off a lob from Sabeeth, much to the ire of the rivals who claimed that the ball had brushed the Nigerian’s hand when he was about to receive it.
Surprisingly, instead of getting bogged down, the railwaymen went on to the offensive and once again drew level, with Bapan Bera doing the needful off Pal’s centre, in the 70 th minute. With both teams locked 2-2, the game could simply have gone anywhere. But a silly mistake from Nilanjan Guha — handling the ball inside the penalty area — awarded Bagan with a penalty just five minutes later, which Odafe converted comfortably.
Odafe then set Quinton Jacobs up with a chance and scored with a left-footer from the edge of the box, making it a perfect finish for Bagan.