CFL 2008-09 had its second big match between Mohd. Sporting and Mohun Bagan AC at the Salt Lake Stadium. Mohun were on 10 points from 4 matches and Mohd. Sporting on 9 points from same number of matches!
The match started off with Mohd. Sporing Theodore Sunday posing a threat to Bagan defense along with Mike Okoro. Mohun Bagan started playing attacking football upfront but seemed in a loss of ideas in the midfield and blocking was totally missing as Mohd. Sporting movements saw them menacing the Bagan defense on a number of occasions and somehow it seemed the usually composed Mohun Bagan defense was suffering from panic attacks and both Odafe and Vasan making unwanted frantic clearances and picking up the lose balls Mohd. Sporting started gaining momentum. 22nd minutes in, the referee pointed to the Bagan penalty spot awarding Mohd. Sporting a spot kick when Odafe went for a lounging tackle on a goal-bound Theo and Odafe managed to take Theo off the ground inside the box! Thoedore scored off the penalty to give Mohd. Sporting an early lead. Bagan tried to pull their strings together through out the half, but some how Bagan could not create as many chances as Karim would have liked. Barreto found himself out numbered upfront and Mohd. Sp. tightened their grip and came very close to scoring second during the end of the half.
Second half saw a different Mohun Bagan as they turned the table and started attacking Mohd. Sp. and mostly the game was played in the Mohd. half. Come the 56th minute, Lalkamal played in a ball to Barreto, who moving out to the right sent in a ball for Mama who he flicked in a ball across the face of the goal to Lalampuia, who just nudged it in. After the equaliser, Bagan piled on the pressure and created many chances which they failed to convert. A Barreto header off a Naveen Kumar center, was saved by Naseem Akhtar. Few minutes later, a Lalampuia header, again off a Naveen Kumar center, rattled the bar.
Just when it seemed the two teams would split the point, sheer ill-luck saw Bagan concede a goal with just 4 seconds left on the watch from a counter attack by Mohd. Sp. Vimal Pariyar chased a ball and what seemed to be a back pass from Mohunraj to Sangram, was out of the keeper's reach and rolled into the Bagan net!
Team: Sangram, Odafe, Vasan, Habibur(Naveen Kumar), Mohunraj, Lalramluaha(Tapan Maity), Lalkamal, James Singh, Malsauwm Tulunga, Barreto, Lalampuia