The goal fiesta for Mohun Bagan continued in their third match as Malsawm Tulunga banged in with the second hattrick of the CFL 08-09 after Barreto! Three world class goals ensured Karim three consecutive wins in the CFL!
The match opened up with Bagan having the apparent upper hand as Railway FC had no foreign recruits in their side. Mohun Bagan, wasting no time started attacking early and created lot of scoring chances in the first quarter with Lalampuia and Barreto coming very close to scoring on two occasions. However, the Bagan fans had to wait till the 38th minute to rejoice as their team went ahead through an agile Malsaum Tulunga, a.k.a Mama! Jr. James played a ball to Barreto, which he flicked over the defence and Mama breaking away from the pack, beating the offside trap, guided the ball past the Rail custodian, who came crashing into Mama.
Mohun Bagan, after the first goal, kept up the tempo and tried to extend the lead further. Bagan earned a corner in the 43rd minute and from the corner, Odafe headed the ball goal wards and Mama, emerged out of thin air to deflect the ball in. 43rd minute, Bagan two goals infront!
Railway tried their best to stage a come-back in the next half, but Odafe and Anand Vasan did their best to deny the Rail forwards to take a clear crack at the goal, where a confident Sangram stood his ground!
Bagan coach made few substituions in the later stage and brought in Branco Cardozo in place of Lalampuia, and given the opportunity, the young TFA striker did not fail to impress! From an apparent counter-attack, Branco whipped in a million dollar cross for Mama, who on the run threw him up in the air to take a scorcher off his right foot and completed his hattrick!
Malsaum Tulunga had failed to impress in the first match when he came in as a substitute, but Karim showing confidence in him, featured in the starting 11 today and he proved he still has a lot to give to Indian football after his successful career at East Bengal!
Jr. James, another TFA recruit played quite well for his first full time appearance for Mohun Bagan too! He was brought in place of Sr. James! Given the time and exposure, certainly he would a player to look out for!
Another TFA player was fielded today by the name of Nakken Kumar, a young right out and his long over lapping runs from the right back possition certainly demands praise! He came in place of Odafe during the later stages!
Mohun Bagan now top the chart with 9 points off 3 matches with an amazing feat of 9 goals!
Team: Sangram, Odafe(Naveen), Anand, Habibur, Suman, Ishfaq, Jr. James, Lalkamal, Barreto, Lalampuia(Branco)