The match-end firecrackers on Sunday summed up the occasion perfectly.
They were a celebration of both — the Kalyani Stadium successfully staging its first-ever CFL game under the lights and of course, Mohun Bagan with an overwhelming support at the venue scripting a much-needed victory to keep their title hopes alive.
Bagan, courtesy this win, are now second in the table with 14 points from eight matches.
A promising young player like Subha Ghosh scoring the winner for Bagan is a good thing for Calcutta football. After all, we hardly get to see any local talent making waves. If things go according to plan, not just Bagan but even East Bengal cxould play quite a few of their I-League (home) matches in Kalyani.
The current facilities at the venue there may not be of the Salt Lake Stadium’s level, but they are certainly better than the rest in the state.
To talk of the game, Subha, coming in as a substitute for Britto PM early in the second half, scored in the 66th minute that eventually separated the two sides.
Off Joseba Beitia’s corner, Subha, timing his jump to perfection, beat his marker and his powerful header did not give the Rainbow AC goalkeeper a chance to move.
Subha’s inexperience is one reason why coach Kibu Vicuna hesitates to give him a start.
But his agility, positional awareness and vibrancy are well and truly a strong point for Bagan as the season progresses.