Cuttack, Sept 23 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Ten-man Mohun Bagan edged past a fighting Shillong Lajong FC in their opening Group D league match played at the Barabati Stadium here on Wednesday.
Nigerian striker Muritala slotted home on the 19th minute to give Kolkata giants all three points before Mohun Bagan’s defender Kingshuk Debnath was red carded for second yellow card in the 40th minute.
The Green and Maroons began on aggressive mood and combined well upfront with Muritala and Chidi Edeh, another African, giving tough time to last year finalists Lajong.
The Mariners notched up the only goal of the match, when former Mahindra United striker Muritala nodded in Snehashish Chakroborty’s corner to put Stanley Rozario coached side in front.
Lajong did have their chances and came close to level the terms on few occasions, but agile Shilton Paul played a crucial role in Bagan’s victory.