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Aizawl FC 0-5 Mohun Bagan A.C

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Aizawl FC 0-5 Mohun Bagan A.C

 

It’s the Final of the Hero Federation Cup 2016, I-League debutant Aizawl FC reached the Final of the Federation Cup in their debut season to play against Mohun Bagan A.C., the Club from Kolkata has one of the most colourful history in the book on Indian Football, in the pre match press conference Jahar Das, Head Coach of Aizawl FC stresses on Aizawl FC’s ability to win the Federation Cup and their achievement so far, Sanjoy Sen, Head Coach of Mohun Bagan A.C. on the other hand would play down any mention of his team being the major favourite to win the Final.

The match kicks off at 21st May, 2016 - 7:00pm IST, fans of Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan A.C. turned up in numbers, chanting, cheering and shouting for their club from the first whistle till the last whistle of the match. The match was a lively one, the fans who came to witness the Final match of the Hero Federation Cup 2016 were in for a treat, Aizawl FC played a very good first half and managed to dictate play for the first 45 minutes but the team from the North East failed to score in the first half, their blunt play upfront came to haunt them in the second half as Mohun Bagan A.C made no mistake in front of goal and managed to pump in five goals in the second half.

 

Aizawl FC Starting Eleven: Poirei, Lalchawnkima, Lalramchullova, Chigozie, Ricky Lallawmawma, Lalruatthara, Albert Zohmingmawia, Yuta Kinowaki,

H. Lalmuankima, Joel Sunday, Alfred Jaryan.

 

Mohun Bagan A.C Starting Eleven:  Debjit, Pritam, Kinshuk, Luciano, Dhanachandra, Pronay, Bikramjit, Katsumi, Sony, Jeje, Glen.

 

The First Half

 

Aizawl FC starts the game without Captain David Lalrinmuana for a double Yellow Card in the Semi-Final match against Sporting Clube de Goa, while Mohun Bagan started the game with a full strength squad, after missing their previous encounter with Aizawl FC in the I-League, Norde and Jeje will play against Aizawl FC for the first time. It’s a bang and boom from the first whistle, Aizawl FC started the action with a corner in the first minute, Mohun Bagan came close to scoring the first goal of the match in the third minute when Sony Norde feeds Jeje from the left, the striker takes a directed shot but Chullova was in the right spot to make the crucial block.

 

The action changes from end to end, Albert managed to create a chance on goal for Aizawl FC on the other end but Luciano was cool enough to clear the ball, Yuta Kinowaki too had a shot on goal some minutes later but the Japanese failed to create any danger floating his shot well wide from target.

 

The best chance for Aizawl FC came halfway to the first half, H.Lalmuankima (Mk-a) got the better of his marker on the left, swings a cross ball into the penalty box but the ball was a little too strong for the lanky Joel Sunday.

 

Aizawl FC managed to dictate play for the better part of the first 45 minutes but the Mariners looked more dangerous in front of goal in the chances that they were able to create. We ended the first half with the score line still at Aizawl FC 0-0 Mohun Bagan A.C, all in all a good first half for Aizawl FC taking into account Mohun Bagan A.C is one of the best club pan India.

 

The Second Half

 

The second half is a completely different story altogether, Mohun Bagan A.C came out swinging, the Mariners scored the first goal of the match three minutes after the restart, Bikramjit lobbed the ball inside Aizawl FC’s penalty box for Jeje, the striker chested the ball down on the path of Sony Norde who slots the ball beyond the reach of Soram Poirei.

 

Mohun Bagan A.C scored their second goal of the match in the 58th minute, Katsumi takes the corner kick on the right, the Japanese sent the ball to Dhanachandra who was at the far post, and the defender connects perfectly with the ball and powers his header past the unfortunate goalkeeper.

 

Aizawl FC made some technical change after going two goals down, defensive midfielder Lalruatthara was pulled out to make way for Lalramzauva Khiangte, a rather costly change as the Mariners were even more rampant in the following minute.

 

Jeje scored his seventh goal of the Hero Federation Cup 2016 in the 72nd minute after assisting the first goal in the 48th minute. Cornel Glen receives the ball at the edge of the box under pressure from Emmanuel Chigozie, the Trinidad and Tobago international back heels the ball for Jeje who was unmarked, the current top scorer calmly directs his shot to the far post.

 

At this point Aizawl FC is struggling to keep up with the power and pace of Sony Norde who created tons of trouble on the flank, the Haitian made a solo run and did all the hard work on the left flank beating his marker to the ground and then delivers the ball across the face of goal to the path of Bikramjit Singh who only have to tap the ball into the open goal.

 

 

It’s the 87th minute, Aizawl FC made no intentions of playing a defensive game to save face and continued to play their attacking game. The Mariners scored their fifth and final goal of the night, it’s Jeje again scoring his record breaking 8th goal of the Hero Federation Cup.

 

The referee blows the final whistle, after a goalless first half, the Mariners managed to pump in five goals in the second half, a five nil drubbing for Aizawl FC. We were unable to win the match and ended up being second best, but we will forever be in the history books as the first Club from Mizoram to play the Hero I-League, the first Club from Mizoram to play the Hero Federation Cup and reach the Final of The Federation Cup, the third oldest football tournament in the world.

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