I-League 2017/18: Mohun Bagan vs Aizawl FC, Player Ratings
Mohun Bagan hosted defending I-League champions at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in a Sunday afternoon clash.
The two sides stood in the middle of the I-League standings at the start of the game with 10 points for both teams. Mohun Bagan played seven games so far in the league, whereas Aizawl FC had played two less - five matches.
This was the first match for the new manager Shankarlal Chakraborty who replaced Sanjoy Sen at the helm after the former gaffer resigned.
Mohun Bagan were victorious after four winless matches as they put in a convincing performance against the current champions. An own goal from Saighani and a strike from Asier Dipanda Dicka got them the three points from the match. Mohun Bagan are now at the fourth spot in the I-League standings with a tally of 13 points from 8 games.
Shilton Paul (7/10) - The veteran Bagan keeper was solid between the sticks and made good saves. Aizawl FC tested Paul a couple of times with long ranged efforts and he was successful in keeping them out.
Arijit Bagui (8/10) - The young right-back who returned after an injury was highly active on the right flank and helped the attack out with his continuous overlapping runs.
Kinshuk Debnath (7/10) - The Mohun Bagan centre-back was stable in the defence with Eze alongside him. Debnath made crucial interceptions and put an end to many Aizawl FC attacks.
Kingsley Eze (7/10) - The former Aizawl FC man was his usual calm self in the defence with his no-nonsense demeanour. Eze was strong with the ball at his feet and put in a strong shift along with Kinshuk Debnath.
Ricky Lalllawmawma (7/10) - The hot-headed left-back for the Kolkata side was booked in the first half and stuck to Dodoz, who was a threat from the Northeast side.
Dipendu Dowary (5.5/10) - The young winger was a part of the match for just the first thirty minutes and made a couple of attacking moves into the Aizawl box but was relatively quiet today. He was replaced by Sk Faiaz, another youngster in the midfield.
Raynier Fernandes (7/10) - The Mumbai lad played a good game as he partnered along with Watson and put in an industrious game on the pitch. He moved the ball around well in the midfield and got back to defender whenever the team needed him.
Cameron Watson (8/10) - The new signing for the Kolkata giants did what he does best, control the midfield and kickstart attacks for the home side. The Australian played the perfect pivot between the defence and attack on his debut with his calm and composed nature in the centre of the pitch.
Nikhil Kadam (8.5/10) - The former Mumbai FC man, who filled in for the Bagan superstar Sony Norde, did well today with his crosses from the wings as he combined well with Arijit Bagui to keep the Aizawl wide defenders on their toes. Kadam was on corner duties as well and put in some good deliveries for the strikers into the box, getting the assist for the Dicka goal to his credit as well.
Ansumana Kromah (7.5/10) - The Liberian striker was a constant threat to the Aizawl defence with his runs through the defence. He wasted a chance at the hour mark after his header hit the post when he had a golden chance with the empty net in front of him. Kromah was substituted out in the 80th minute as he seemed to have suffered an injury.
Asier Dipanda Dicka (8.5/10) - Former Shillong Lajong man Asier Dicka got his name on the scoresheet and kept the Aizawl defence always on the lookout with his menacing runs. His run led to the own goal and he scored a well-taken goal after rounding the Aizawl keeper and finishing into the empty net.
Sk. Faiaz (7/10) - The young winger was brought on by Chakraborty after thirty minutes into the match and was a constant trouble on the wings for the Aizawl defence.
Surchandra Singh (4.5/10) - The young striker was brought on for the injured Kromah for the final ten minutes of the match.
Naro Hari Shrestha (4/10) - The winger came on for the goal-scorer Asier Dicka in the dying minutes of the match as Chakraborty put in the youngster to kill some more time at the end.