Kerala notches first win in the league over Mohun Bagan

Kannur: Hosts Viva Kerala surprised formidable Mohun Bagan, with a 2-0 win in a round seven match in the I-League Football Championship, at the Jawahar stadium here on Tuesday.

At half time Viva led 1-0.

Viva forged ahead through striker Karma in the 12th minute and P K Anil Kumar completed the tally in the 73rd minute, much to the delight of the crowd.

Viva, playing before their home crowd got off to an aggressive start and could have taken the lead in the initial moments of the game, but their strikers Anilkumar and Karma, were late in latching on to the brilliant crosses given by captain bello Razack.

However, in the 12th minute Viva got their reward. Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul, managed to avert a dangerous shot by Felix, but the ball rolled to a waiting Anilkumar, who did the rest much to the delight of the crowd.

Encouraged by the success Viva went all out for increasing the goal tally, but were unlucky to see most of their attempts going wayward.

In the second half, Anil kumar struck the winner after he was fed by a brilliant overhead pass by Felix in the 73rd minute.

With this viva has taken their points tally to six from seven matches while Bagan remained at eight points.

Viva in their next match will cross swords with East Bengal on January 18 at the same venue.