8/9/2019 1:15:36 AM (GMT+3)

Mohun Bagan beat ATK to regain confidence

Mohun Bagan beat ATK to regain confidence

KOLKATA: After their disappointing 3-0 defeat against Peerless in the Calcutta League opener on Monday, Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways at the 129th Durand Cup here on Thursday.

The Mariners overcame Atletico Madrid Kolkata 2-1 with Fran Morante (34th minute) and Joseba Beitia (53rd minute) scoring both the goals in a Group B clash at the former’s ground.

Ashis Pradhan pulled one back for ATK in the 78th minute.

But the team’s victory was spoiled after Surabuddin Mollick was sent off with a straight red card in the added time of second half.

Bagan had got their season off to a smooth start as they got the better of Mohammedan Sporting in their Durand Cup opener, but their joy was short lived as they were pulled down at their home ground by Peerless in the local league.

ATK, who plays in the Indian Super League, didn’t field a full-strength first team in the competition but still had some experienced players Prabir Das, Salam Ranjan Singh, Komal Thatal, Ankit Mukherjee and Cavin Lobo in their ranks.