Calcutta: Mohun Bagan made a sound start to the season with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Railway FC in their CFL Premier Division Super 12 tie, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Tuesday.
Striker C.S. Sabeeth scored a brace while Manish Bhargav and Adil Khan also registered their names on the scoresheet.
It took Bagan just about 49 seconds to go on the ascendancy. Railway FC goalkeeper Rana Chakraborty completely misjudged the flight of Wahid Sali’s cross.
For a moment or so it appeared as if Rana’s mistake wouldn’t prove costly with Sankar Oraon letting go a relatively easy chance. But Sabeeth, having positioned himself perfectly, latched on to the opportunity and headed the ball home.
Soon after, Adil, who had a very impressive debut, doubled the lead with a superb long-ranger. A goal-fest seemed to be on the cards as Bagan were all over their hapless rivals during this period of play.
Taking advantage of Bagan’s sloppy work in the defence, Railway FC reduced the margin, riding a strike from Orok Essien seconds before the half-time whistle.
However, mistakes were rectified soon after the second session got underway.
With Katsumi Yusa displaying his skills to perfection in the attacking-third, Bagan were quick to recover the lost momentum.
Manish Bhargav unleashed an awesome long-ranger from 35 yards that comfortably beat the outstretched goalkeeper. After this 50th minute strike from Manish, Sabeeth got his second of the match, thanks to another poor piece of work — this time by the substitute goalie Ranjit Jana. Oraon’s shot found Sabeeth after Ranjit failed to hold on to it.
Sabeeth slotted the ball into an open net.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton Paul, Adil Khan (Rajib Ghorui, 90th minute), Aiborlang Khongjee, Rowilson Rodrigues, Wahid Sali, Nicolau Borges (Kinshuk Debnath, 46th minute), Denson Devadas, Katsumi Yusa, Manish Bhargav, Sankar Oraon (Anthony Pereira, 85th minute), C.S. Sabeeth
Railway FC: Rana Chakraborty (Ranjit Jana, 53rd minute), Babu Mondal, Pradip Roy, Sunder Mandi, Sukanta Banerjee, Ranjit Shau, Saha Alam Gazi (Mohammed Yasin, 90th minute), Tanmoy Kundu (Amit Samanta, 70th minute), Sukumar Roy, Ifeanyi Ike, Orok Essien
Referee: Ajit Dutta