Hero I-League: Duffy's brace helps Mariners, Aizawl FC edge Minerva

Mohun Bagan and Aizawl register victories
Duffy's brace helps Mohun Bagan go top of the league, Picture Courtesy: I-League Media
Hero I-League 2016-17
13.01.2017

Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl
Aizawl FC 1-0 Minerva Punjab FC
AFC: Joel Loveday(Own Goal, 90+4th)

Aizawl FC left it late into stoppage time to hand Minerva Punjab FC their first defeat of the Hero I-League. Former Sporting Goa's Syrian midfielder Al Amenah, who replaced Lalbiakthanga in the lineup was the star man on the field dominating the midfield battle for Khalid Jamil's men. He was the one who ultimately found the winner through a corner kick which was headed into the Minerva's net by their own player, Joel Loveday to give Aizawl FC all three points.

Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata
Mohun Bagan 2-0 Shillong Lajong FC
MB: Darryl Duffy(21st - Assist Kinshuk Debnath, 77th - Assist Balwant Singh)

Back in Kolkata, Mohun Bagan were finally playing in their home ground at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium and they came out on top courtesy of a fine brace from their new signing Darryl Duffy. Shillong Lajong FC's struggle on the road continued with a 2-0 defeat against the 2014-15 champions. Lajong coach Thangboi Singto fielded as many as six U-22 player in their squad with Romanian defender Dan Gelu Ignat leading the pack. For Mohun Bagan Raynier Fernandes made his I-League debut. Kinshuk Debnath was provider for the first goal as Duffy expertly finished the move past Shillong Lajong custodian Vishal Kaith. Lajong looked a much better side into the second half but the second goal killed the game with Duffy completing his brace as Lajong defence went into sleep yet again. Mohun Bagan are now at the top of the table with two wins out of two.
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