Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways with a 4-0 thrashing of United SC in an I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Friday.
Making his debut for the Green and Maroons, debutante Christopher Chizoba gave them an astounding 2-0 lead at half time with his twin blitz in the 20th and 45+1st minutes.
At the change of ends, Ram Malik (51st) extended the lead while their ace marksman Odafa Okolie (73rd) retuned to form completing the rout to hand Mohun Bagan their first win in six matches.
The biggest positive for Mohun Bagan was Odafa who set up three goals before finally putting his name to the tally.
There was more setback for the purple brigade as goalkeeper Ishan Debnath had to be rushed to hospital after colliding with their defender Deepak Mondal at the regulation time.
Virtually out of the title race, Mohun Bagan last won against Mumbai FC 0-1 in an away fixture on October 26 as the result, their third win from 12 matches, would take them to the top-half of the 13-team table.
Mohun Bagan now have 14 points, three less than United's tally after 12 rounds.
Bengaluru FC beat Churchill, extend lead at top
Sunil Chhetri scored a brace as Bengaluru scored a deserving 3-1 win over defending champions Churchill Brothers to open a gap at the top over Pune FC in their I-League match at Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa on Friday.
After a barren first half, Bengaluru scored through Sean Rooney (50th min) and a brace by Sunil Chhetri (64th, 77th min).
Churchill Brothers pulled one back through substitute Balwant Singh.
Bengaluru, who took their tally to 24 points from 12 matches, opened a gap over Pune FC by three points who have played a match less.
Churchill remain at the bottom with 7 points from eleven matches.
Shillong Lajong beat Salgaocar
A depleted Shillong Lajong FC fashioned a 2-1 victory over Salgaocar FC at the JN Stadium here on Friday.
There were jittery moments for the home team in the second half, but they held on to a crucial win, only their second at home in 9 outings, while Salgaocar lost their third match in a row.
Injuries before the game meant that Lajong were without captain Minchol Son and strikers Uilliams Souza Silva and Cornell Glen, but Seikhohao Tuboi and Subash Singh led the way by scoring for the hosts. Prolific striker Darryl Duffy scored for Salgaocar.
Image: Mohun Bagan debutante Christopher Chizoba scores past United SC goalkeeper on Friday
Photograph: AIFF Media