I-League: ONGC beat Mohun Bagan 2-1
Kolkata: Mohun Bagan`s win-less run continued as laggards ONGC bounced back from one goal deficit to beat the Kolkata giants 2-1 in their round 23 return-leg I-League 4 clash on Monday.
Less than a minute after his substitution, Kailash Patil struck back-to-back goals in 78th and 83rd minutes to hand the city giants a humiliating loss in front of the home crowd at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan here.
The loss proved more embarrasing as Mohun Bagan were enjoying a 1-0 lead till the interval, courtesy an early third minute strike by Surkurmar Singh.
But a flawed and over-defensive strategy by Mohun Bagan technical director Subhas Bhowmick proved to be disaster as a sparkling Patil took the game away from them in a matter of seven minutes.
This was ONGC`s third straight win as they climbed up to 11th position from 13th with 21 points from 23 matches.
Mohun Bagan remained on sixth position with 27 points after 22 matches as their winless run continued.
The green and maroon brigade have been struggling for form with their last win coming in a round 17 match against Viva Kerala more than a month ago.
Despite playing without their star forward duo of Jose Barreto (injury) and Edeh Chidi (suspension), Mohun Bagan got an early lead.
Surkumar beat the ONGC defenders brilliantly before firing in from a right-footer that beat ONGC goalkeeper Bilifung Narzary in the left.
Minutes later, Satishkumar squandered an easy chance after he got the supply from Snehashish Chakraborty from the left flank, what turned out to be a costly miss eventually.
ONGC attacked through Baba Tunde and ND Opara but Mohun Bagan had a defensive strategy while their goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee was alert under the bar as the home side led 1-0 at the break.
With a depleted forward line up that had a half-fit Subair Muritala up front, Mohun Bagan struggled badly to get goals as they followed an overdefensive strategy.
But a lapse from their defence meant Patil snatched the match from Mohun Bagan after he was substituted in place of Katsumi Yusa in the 77th minute.
Man-of-the match Patil made his presence of felt immediately when he got past Sangram to bring on the equalizer with a clinical left-footer.
Seven minutes later, Patil ensured a brilliant turnaround when he beat two Mohun Bagan defenders with a midfield move as he got past Sangram for his second goal that earned ONGC their third straight win.
The Mumbai outfit won over JCT and HAL, Bangalore in their previous two matches.