Indian Arrows went down 0-2 to Mohun Bagan in their last league game in Hero I-League at Tilak Maidan, Goa on Tuesday. Dipanda Dicka and Akram Moghrabi were the two who bulged the ball into the net in first half itself to earn Mohun Bagan maximum three points.
Both sides made changes in their starting XI to prove their mettle to each other. Mohun Bagan made only single change by bringing in Rana Gharami instead of Kinshuk Debnath. Portuguese man Luis Norton de Matos made five changes in his starting lineup. Jitendra Singh, Amarjit Kiyam, Rahim Ali, Rahul KP and Asish Rai where brought in for Namgyal Bhutia, Jeakson Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Suresh Singh and Boris Singh.
A deadly chance was created in 17th minute when an lob from Akram Moghrabi just fell onto the roof of the post as the Indian Arrows Prabhsukhan Gill kept watching the ball sailing over.
In 19th minute, Amarjit Singh forced a save off custodian Shilton Paul from a chance created by Rahim Ali after the Nongdamba Naorem and Rahul KP started the game and pushed forward to build the game from the either’s side.
The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute when an mistake by Indian Arrows was well exploited by the Mariners. Arrows left gap between their defence and midfield which gave an chance to Mohun Bagan to create game. Cameron Watson lobbed an ball to Jitendra Singh who failed to collect it. Dipanda Dicka well collected the ball, positioned himself and struck an overhead volley to silence the home crowd. Dipanda Dicka has now scored 12 times in this season and is top scorer of the league.
Mariners scored just minutes before the end of first half. It came in 41st minute when Moghrabi got connected to a cross from Gurjinder Kumar, who came in after substitution with Ricky Lallawmawma and he oppressed Arrows to struck an goal. Moghrabi gave an impeccable 0-2 lead to the visitors.
Dipanda Dicka twice had an chance to score at the hour mark when number of crosses from Nikhil Kadam got connected to Dicka whose shot was shot far away and other one was easy for the rivals stopper Gill to collect.
In 62nd minute, Anwar Ali had an chance when an pass from Nongdamba Naorem was shot powerless as the scoreline remained as it was.
Arrows grew into game as they made some promising stuff. In 72nd minute, Deepak Tangri laid off an ball to Rahul Balan but the latter fired the shot over the bar into the horizon even when he had an chance and time to make an smart move.
Later both the team denied each other any further chances and refused to make any move.
At the end of regulation period the scoreline stayed at 0-2. Mohun Bagan will be facing Red Machines, Churchill Brothers on March 3, 2018 as they are still in hunt for title cup.