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Gokulam Kerala sink Mohun Bagan 2-1

Afternoon Despatch and Courier 2018-02-13 00:00:00

Kolkata: Debutants Gokulam Kerala FC secured their biggest win of the season as Henry Kisekka's 90th minute blinder stunned former champions Mohun Bagan 2-1 in an I-League football fixture at the Saltlake Stadium here.

The Ugandan earlier set up Mahmood Al-Ajmi's peach of a goal in the 77th minute before Mohun Bagan took less than a minute to restore parity through season's leading scorer Dipanda Dicka who brought up his ninth goal with a calm and composed header.

Just when it was meandering towards a draw, a world-class volley by Henry gave Mohun Bagan the heartbreak as the 2015 champions signed off their campaign at home with a shock defeat that will continue to haunt forever.

This was Mohun Bagan's second defeat at home against two bottom-placed teams -- 1-2 defeat against Chennai City on January 2 -- as the Mariners (21 points) are virtually out of title race with four matches left in the league.

The win lifted Gokulam from the bottom, going past Chennai City on better head-to-head count as the Kerala outfit secured their fourth win from 13 matches, of which three have come in away matches.

Mohun Bagan needed more accuracy in their passes and finishing as their sloppy display was a big let down for the Shankarlal Chakraborty coached side.

The Kerala outfit made the best use of their chances. After a stalemate for more than an hour, the match came alive in the last half an hour beginning with a 63rd minute move when Mohun Bagan missed to score from a sitter. Akram Moghrabi could not have asked for a better supply, as Arijit set it up from the right with a low cross as there was no one from Kerala defence to stop it.

But a weak Akram strike found goalkeeper Bilal Khan on his path and the Lebanese also failed to strike from the deflection, with his shot hitting the woodwork.

Minutes later, Akram's stint on the pitch was over and was replaced by the Nepalese import Bimal Magar.