Henry Kisekka scored a late winner as Mohun Bagan shrugged off their derby defeat to beat defending champions Minerva Punjab 1-0 at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Kisekka finished off a brilliant move helping Bagan win for the first time in three matches, which helped them climbed them to sixth in the point standings at the expense on Minerva. They have 12 from eight games, while the reigning league champions are a rung below with the same number of points from a game more.
Minerva were also lucky not to concede more as Bagan were denied twice by the woodwork, while the visitors also squandered several opportunities in a breathtaking first half.
Dipanda Dicka had their first chance in the very opening minute after he had breezed past Jorge Caicedo only to see his shot hit the outside right post and go out of play. Then Omar Elhusseiny nearly scored from a wonderful free-kick in the 40th minute, but once again the ball struck the post before going out of play.
Bagan also had a penalty appeal not going their way when just six minutes into the second half Akashdeep handled the ball inside his own box but the incident was ignored by the referee.
This was when Bagan finally looked to have scored but was again denied by the woodwork before Akashdeep got his hands to it. Kisekka’s flick across the goal had hit the post.
Eventually, it was the former Gokulam striker, who found the net for Bagan in the 80th minute after he was fed by Omar. Kisekka dribbled past Toure before rifling the winner from a difficult situation.