KOLKATA: Aizawl FC swept Mohammedan Sporting Club aside with a 3-0 drubbing in the Hero I-League on Thursday afternoon at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Malsawmtlunga (16′), Lalremsanga (64′), Lalliansanga (67′) were on target for Aizawl as not many teams scored three unanswered goals against this Mohammedan side but Yan Law’s charges produced mouthwatering football of elegance and grandeur to put themselves in a good position to qualify top six.
Mohammedan didn’t get off the mark quite as quickly as they might have hoped with Aizawl proving strong tactically, setting up a deep block with pace up front for the counter attack.
Aizawl’s plan of attack was fairly straight-forward with a solid backline, some man-marking of the particularly problematic opponents and an aim to try and use the speed of Lalliansanga to try and penetrate into the final third.
It’s a plan of attack which seemed to work reasonably well as Aizawl made several decent attacks however Mohammedan were by far the more dominant side during the early proceedings with poor finishing proving their weakness.
Despite Mohammedan’s dominance, Aizawl caught the Black Panthers off guard in the 16th minute when they conceded a freekick just outside the area. Malsawmtlunga stepped up and sent in a curling effort into the top corner past Priyant Singh in the goal.
The setback galvanised Mohammedan into action and they poured forward in search of an equaliser. The Aizawl defence, while under pressure at this stage, held firm and ensured that they retained the advantage.
Mohammedan were dealt with a blow as Asheer Akhtar had to be substituted late in the first-half with an injury blow and Sujit Sadhu took his place.
Mohammedan came out of the sheds fired up to bring themselves back into contention, controlling the ball, winning set pieces and keeping Aizawl pinned into their own back third.
However, by pushing forward the Black Panthers have left themselves exposed and vulnerable at the back and Aizawl took full advantage against the run of play when they doubled their advantage in the 64th minute after Bawlte played a through ball to Lalremsanga. The attacker beat Hira Mondal one-on-one to produce a fine strike between his legs into the bottom corner.
It was all over for Mohammedan three minutes later, as Lalliansanga put the result beyond any doubt when he nodded Lalmalsawma’s cross past Priyant.
The remainder of the match was a frustrating time for Mohammedan, who tried their best to reduce the margin. Azharuddin Mallick went closest to pulling a goal back when a cross from the right by Vanlalbiaa Chhangte pulled out Zothanmawia and zipped across to Azhar at the far post. But the substitute’s volley struck the crossbar from close range which summed up Mohammedan’s season so far.