Mohun Bagan faced Peerless today. Bagan tried to build up attack from the very beginning but the midfield seemed a bit colourless and the usual wing play by Rauf Khan was missing as he had to sit out with two previous yellow cards. Subhashish Roychowdhury was put in his shoes and fell far short of expectations as Peerless attacked from their right wing. A lackluster game ensued as the Bagan players seemed a bit complacent after their big derby win. However, the Bagan back, Peter Siddique rose to the occasion and headed a ball goal from a 25th minute corner from Dharamjit to put Bagan in front. Bagan piled on the pressure but lacked the killing blow as Barreto and Lalam were caught up in the off-side trap on a number of occasions. On the 43rd minute, however ball from the midfield found Barreto, who paced across the penalty box only to be fouled and rewarded a penalty kick. Barreto calmly placed it to the left of the despairing keeper.
Bagan went into the half time break with a 2-0 lead.
Right after coming back on, Peerless seemed more determined. A few mistakes by Shilton and Peerless found themselves at par. Bagan defence buckled under the Peerless attack and Peerless scored two goals in quick succession thanks to some hedious goal keeping by Shilton. They proved once again that they are one hard nut to crack amongst the smaller sides of the CFL this year.
The deadlock ensued as Bagan did not seem to have that extra zeal to win as the attacks were successfully foiled by the Peerless defence.
Bagan stepped on the gas in the dying minutes and a long ball from Habibur found a rising Jose Ramirez Barreto heading the ball towards Venkatesh who was near the penalty spot. Receiving the ball with his left right foot, dodged the advancing goalie and calmly placed a right footer into the goal! 87 minutes and Venkatesh put in the winner!
Bagan stand on 16 points from 6 matches leading the league table with a cusion of 4 points followed by East Bengal who have played 5 matches.
Venkatesh scored his 6th goal in this CFL and Barreto his 7th and is the lone highest scorer!
It is reported that another foreigner will come in for trial in Bagan playing in Bangladesh and after having a close look at both of Gaffari and him, coach Carlos will decide upon his third foreigner.