Holicharan's strike sink Mariner's ship
A 33rd minute strike by Ex Palian Arrows forward Holicharan Narzary helps Dempo to beat Mohun Bagan in a Airtel I League match at Kolkata.
After playing a 1-1 draw against Mumbai FC, Mohun Bagan were hoping for a positive result against much weaker and Inexperienced side Dempo SC. Coach Karim Bencherifa made no changes to his starting XI that played against Mumbai FC.
On the other hand, Dempo’s coach Mauricio Afonso made two changes as Holicharan Narzary and Simon Colosimo started for the injured Debabrata Roy and the suspended Peter Carvalho.
Mohun Bagan started the game with a positive note with Katsumi Yusa who threatened the weak Dempo defence.
In the tenth minute of the match Ram Malik’s cross from the right was blocked by Narayan Das in the penalty box who used his arm. But Mohun Bagan players protest went in vein as Referee C. Srikrishna showed no interest in the act.
Bagan’s foreign recruitee Echezona Anyichie had a poor game. In the 14th minute of the match he failed to convert a easy chance as his header went over the goal post.
In the 21st minute, Holicharan angled header just went wide of the far post. Alwyn George supplied the ball to the Holicharan and his header defeated the Bagan’s custodian Nandy but went just wide of the post.
In the 27th minute Anyichie save Mohun Bagan from blunder by clearing a strong volley from Alwyn George just above the goal line.
In the 33rd minute of the match Holicharan scored the only goal of the match. He scored from a deflection by Nandy. Alwyn George shot a powerful volley of the pass by Narayan Das and got deflected. Deflected ball found opportunistic 19 year old forward of Dempo Holicharan Narzary who converted it to a goal.
In the second half both side showed a lackluster performance.
After hour mark Bagan started to press for a equalizer but their forward let them down. They are unable to break the the young and alert Dempo defence.
Mohun Bagan had many clear chances to go ahead but their strikers failed to capitalized on chances. Out of form Odafa failed miserably many times. His header of Manish Bhargav cross hit on the post and Christopher failed to convert on the rebound.
From an Odafa freekick, it was Echezona who just headed narrowly over the bar before Manish Bhargav’s effort from range was held easily by Kattimani.
This win will bolster the young Dempo brigade and they will charged up for remaining I League campaign.