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I-League 2017: Mohun Bagan 2-1 Chennai City FC - The Mariners finish second in spite of a win

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Mohun Bagan recorded a 2-1 win against Chennai City FC who gave a better account of themselves after their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Churchill Brothers.

It was the away side who struck first through Nandakumar in the 31st minute but the Mariners equalised with a Katsumi Yusa strike just before half time before Darryl Duffy wrapped up all three points with a strike in the 77th minute.

Sanjoy Sen elected to start with a front two of Darryl Duffy and Balwant Singh while Raynier Fernandes and Sony Norde patrolled the wings for the home side.

Chennai City meanwhile had

The home side were dominating from the get-go with Chennai playing on the counter and Raynier Fernandes almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute after Sony Norde burst in from the left and put in a smart cross.

Darryl Duffy showed tremendous strength to hold off the ball and found Balwant in the box but he was outmuscled before Pritam Kotal's delivery in the box too was wayward in the 20th minute.

A minute before the half hour mark, Balwant again spurned a chance after Yusa had laid to him on a plate after with Sony leaving it for his team-mate.

Mohun Bagan were made to pay for their half chances two minutes later courtesy a searing run from Nandakumar who caught the entire Bagan defense flat footed before finishing comfortably past Debjit Majumder in goal.

In between Balwant missing further chances Mohun Bagan surged into the lead at the stroke of half time with Katsumi Yusa with a delightful first time effort off his right foot after Balwant had chested the ball back to his path. It all started with a hopeful lob from Sehnaj Singh into the box.

Mohun Bagan went all guns blazing after the half time whistle in search of the elusive winner but Chennai defended with aplomb.

Jeje Lalpekhlua was introduced in place of Sehnaj SIngh to add more firepower to the side as Sanjoy Sen went for broke.

The Mizoram striker got into the groove in the 73rd minute but he failed to bury a header from point blank range after Karanjit Singh had kept out Balwant's rasping drive.

Mohun Bagan finally had the goal in the 77th minute after Jeje found himself on the right flank and his low cross was turned in delightfully by Duffy on the volley.

Disaster struck the home side in the 80th minute when Debjit was sent off after the linesman adjudged that he was guilty of catching the ball outside the box and was the last Mohun Bagan player between the attacker and the goal.

Shibinraj came on for the remainder and Mohun Bagan survived a nervy end to the match but all was for nothing as an Aizawl draw meant that Mohun Bagan finished second for the second consecutive season in a row.

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