Score : 0 - 3
Team: Shilton Paul, Nirmal Chettri, Aiborlang Khongjee, Anyichie Echezona, Biswajit Saha, Rahim Nabi, Quinton Norman Jacobs, Denson Devadas, C. S. Sabeeth, Odafa Okolie (C), Snehashish Chakraborty,
MB Goals: Nirmal Chettri ( 5 min ), Odafa Okolie ( 70 min , Penalty ), Tolgay Ozbey ( 87 min ).
Replacements: Rahim Nabi ( out - 55 ), Manish Maithani ( in - 55 ), Quinton Norman Jacobs ( out - 75 ), Tolgay Ozbey ( in - 75 ), C. S. Sabeeth ( out - 79 ), Manish Bhargav ( in - 79 ),
Mariners end I league with a convincing win12-May, 2013
McDowell Mohun Bagan today ended the I league 2012-13 on a high when they outclassed United Sikkim 3-0 in a match played at the Paljor Stadium, Gangtok. Nirmal Chettri, Odafa Okolie and Tolgay Ozbey scored the goals for Mariners.
Mariners took an early lead in the 5th minute when from Denson's pass, Nirmal Chettri dribbled past 1 player and unleashed a right footed shot from outside the box that hit the roof of the net. It was indeed a brilliant strike from the McDowell Mohun Bagan right back. Few minutes later, Mariners got a lucky escape when United Sikkim’s defender Nim Lepcha's shot hit the crossbar, then ricocheted off the post.
Though McDowell Mohun Bagan dominated proceedings and earned few corners in the 1st half, the score remained 1-0 in favour of the green and maroon brigade at the lemon break.
After the change of ends, Manish Maithani replaced Rahim Nabi in the 55th minute. Mariners got a penalty in the 70th minute when Biswajit Saha was tripped from behind as he barged into the United Sikkim penalty box after getting a through ball from Quinton Jacobs. Odafa Okolie slotted the ball into the right side of the goal from spot kick.
Karim Bencherifa made 2 changes in quick succession as he brought in Tolgay Ozbey and Manish Bharghav in place of Quinton Jacobs and C. S. Sabeeth. Tolgay made the scoreline 3-0 in favour of McDowell Mohun Bagan in the 87th minute. Getting a pass from Denson Devadas, Tolgay got past 3 players before firing a powerful left footed rising shot that bulged the net.
Though McDowell Mohun Bagan registered a convincing 3-0 win over United Sikkim, surprisingly the midfielder of the home team, Tamang, was adjudged Man of the Match today.
Mariners will play their next match on the 17th of May, which is a Calcutta Football League Premier Division match against Prayag United.
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