Ending a drought of eight long years, and the dominance of arch rival East Bengal, football giants Mohun Bagan emerged winner of the Calcutta Football League on Wednesday after they defeated Calcutta Customs 2-0 in the match played at the Mohun Bagan ground in Kolkata.
With an unassailable 26 points, Mohun Bagan’s the 30th Calcutta Football League Premier Division A title win came with a match in hand.
Both the goals were scored by Henry Kisekka — one at the 4th minute and the second at the 45th. The last time Mohun Bagan had won the league was in 2009.
Playing in front of the home crowd in the jam-packed stadium, the men in green-maroon looked in complete control right from the first whistle.
Kisekka’s first goal came early as he beautifully chest-trapped a long ball from Arijit Bagui from the right flank. The team had full domination in the first half, leaving little for Calcutta Customs to do.
Customs did have an opportunity to level the score but Eze Stanley’s shot after he successfully breached the Mohun Bagan defence ended in a brilliant save by Bagan custodian Sankar Roy.
Bagan’s second goal came towards the end of the first half as Dipanda Dicka set up Kisekka just outside the six-yard box.
The Ugandan striker calmly slotted it into the net, much beyond East Bengal goalkeeper Suvam Sen’s reach.
Mohun Bagan had a chance to increase the tally to three in the 58th minute but Azharuddin Malik’s header hit the post.
The victory ends the winning streak of East Bengal who have won eight consecutive titles since 2010. Mohun Bagan, however, stand much behind East Bengal’s total score of 39 — the number of times they have won the league.
Mohun Bagan’s next fixture is against Mohammedan Sporting on September 18. The match, which has been rendered inconsequential now, will be played at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Salt Lake.
(With agency inputs)