Rangdajied United pulled off a coup as the Shillong-based outfit condemned Mohun Bagan to a 2-0 defeat in front of a highly crowd at Salt Lake, Kolkata. Manandeep Singh gave the Blues a lead in the 22nd minute before Eugeneson Lyngdoh wrapped up the match with the second in the 66th minute.
It was a sweet revenge for coach Santosh Kashyap against the club that sacked him mid-way last year. However, for the first quarter of the match, it was the host team that seemed more likely to score. Odafa Okolie and Katsumi Yusa were the most threatening for the Mariners, and Rangdajied ‘keeper Subrata Paul was forced to make a couple of smart saves.
However, the Mariners failed to make good of their chances and allowed Rangdajied United to come back into the game. The visitors broke the deadlock against the run-of-play when Manandeep Singh again slotted home after a good bit of dribbling from Yohei Iwasaki, silencing the home crowd.
Having conceded, Mohun Bagan threw everything including the kitchen sink at Rangdajied United, with Odafa looking the most likely to score, only for Subrata Paul to deny him time and again, including a one-on-one chance that the Indian stopper saved beautifully.
However, Rangdajied skipper Eugeneson Lyngdoh made sure of all 3 points when new signing Kim Song Yong set up Manandeep, whose back heal found Eugene unmarked inside the six yard box for an easy tap-in.
Mohun Bagan never seemed to give up, but Subrata Paul, nicknamed ‘Spiderman’, in a man-of-the-match winning performance, was determined to hang on to a clean sheet.
From here on, Rangdajied United can only go up, while for Mohun Bagan, this was yet another humiliating defeat in a season that seems to be littered with them. Mohun Bagan seriously needs to address its issues in front of goal – they have scored only 6 goals in 11 games, while Rangdajied United seems to have addressed the ease with which they seemed to shipping goals by signing Subrata, albeit on loan.
With this win, Rangdajied United moved off the bottom of the table, while Mohun Bagan stay rooted on 10th place.