From the beginning ER tried to create pressure by flying in with few tackles and attacking the players' legs hoping to get the better off their counter part expecting them to be cautious about their upcoming Derby Match. But Bagan players kept the ball to themselves and within the 5th minute of the game, Rauf Khan sent in a beautiful inswinging dipper which committed the keeper but only to fox him as he went to a no-mans-land and Bagan ace Barreto directed a header towards the goal. Bagan 1-0 up in the 5th minute.
Bagan kept up the tempo and pressed on.
Bagan today seemed to play much better than any other match, the entire defense in thefirst half seemed like a mosquitoe net keeping the Railway men out and the midfield toiled efficiently like a well oiled machines with Rauf khan, the left back taking emense work load.
Soon after from a Dharamjit forward pass Lalam efficiently flicked a header towards Venkatesh who trappingg a chest high ball with his right foot inside the penlaty box, gaurding his marker, unleashed a blinder and his left footer finding the back of the net and the keeper motionless! Bagan 2-0.
Minutes later Lalam steamed down the left flank and after waiting with the ball for his teammates, sent in a grounder directed towards Venkatesh who played a slight touch to evade the defender and played a through ball to Barreto who calmly took a inswinger from outside the penalty box past the left side of the keeper. Bagan go 3-0 into the 2nd Half!
Second half saw a different Bagan as one after the other, Barreto, Lalam, Dharamjit were substituted by Isfaq, Jamir Ali and Sudesh respectively.
Bagan lacked that attacking force which had brought them 3 goals and so ER took advantage and attacked the Bagan goal. But the Bagan defence with Odafe, Siddique, Habibur and Rauf, soaked the pressure and foiled every attempt and in goal was Shilton Paul who was more than impressive and showed much class in collecting the ariel balls.
Siddique managed to receive a yellow card during the game and the score line could have been easily 5-0 as Bagan players(Lalam, Ishfaq) missed a couple of sitters.
Final score 3-0
Bagan play their next matc against East Bengal on the 17th at Salt Lake Stadium. Match starts at 5.30 pm.
Team Shilton Habibur Siddique Odafe Rauf Dharamjit(C)[Sudesh] Lalkamal Venkatesh James Barreto[Ishfaq] Lalawmpuia[Jamir Ali]