Kolkata, Sept 15 (Calcutta Tube/ IBNS) Title defenders Mohun Bagan‘s woe continued in local soccer race when they drew 2-2 with Chirag United at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Sunday providing their traditional rivals East Bengal a big boost to hold pole position in the Sahara Premier Calcutta Football League.
Nigerian Edeh Chidi, who limped out of ground for musle pain minutes before water break, was the main villain for failing Mohun Bagan to have full points in the crucial game, missing to score of a penalty shot in the 33rd minute.
Referee Rathin Mukherjee signalled for spot kick when Chirag United’s defender and captain Arnab Mondal handled an aerial ball from Snehashish Chakraborty.
Chidi, who commands enormous confidence of new coach Stanley Rozario, shot poorly giving CU goalkeeper Somnath Khara enough time to parry it.
The green-maroon broke the wall immediately after kick off as Subair Muritala Ali shot home finding defence lapses of Chirag United, who levelled the score by Munna Mollick goal in the 8th minute.
Playing the season’s first big match before some thousands of soccer fans, Mohun Bagan, desperate to win the game to keep level with East Bengal in race, mounted attack soon after breather but a goal was elusive due to wayward shots from Muritala Ali, who missed at least two rosy chances.
Mohun Bagan, who already lost a game to Aryan, went into the lead for second time by a header from Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto in 60th minute capitalising a right cross from medio Kingshuk Debnath.
Subrata Bhattacharya coached Chirag United were unlucky to have goal two mintues later when Chika Wali’s header hit the cross-piece after beating tall goalkepeer Sangram Mukherjee.
CU, last year’s runners up who also lost a game to Southern Samity, restored parity of the game when Denson Devdas, who game Bengal win Santosh Trophy against Punjab, headed home in the 66th minute to snatch a point from city giants.
The goal came when Chika Wali nodded to Denson Devdas off a corner from Munna Mollick.
Mollick, the 19-year-old right out, was live wire for Chirag’s attacking line.
Mohun Bagan had a chance to go ahead for third time but Muritala’s header hit the far post after beating Somnath Khara, who had brilliant game and perhaps deprived the opponents a win.
With Sunday’s drawn match Mohun Bagan and Chirag United are now with seven points from four games and their arch rivals East Bengal, who will play against Mohammedan Sporting on Monday, have nine points from three games.