Looking for their elusive trophy, Mohun Bagan started their IFA Shield campaign on a positive note beating United Sikkim FC 1-0 in their opening group league encounter here on Sunday.
Kerala lad CS Sabeeth converted a flag-kick from state-mate Denson Devadas in the 27th minute to help the green and maroon brigade log home full points.
In the match otherwise dominated by Mohun Bagan, the hosts had got another opportunity to buttress the lead in the 85th minute from a penalty, but the opportunity was missed by midfielder Zakir.
In the 37th minute, Japanese livewire Katsumi Yusa also took a powerful shot but it missed the net and hit the post.
Despite the absence of star striker Odafa and goalie Shilton Paul, Bangan were in control all through the match.
United Sikkim had got one opportunity in the 42nd minute to bring parity but the shot of Sukhwinder Singh was saved by Bagan goalie Manatosh Ghosh.
Katsumi was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for being the driver in the attack and playing effectively in both in the defence and offence.
While Bagan thus earned three points from one outing, the Sikkim outfit are yet to log home a point having fielded an unregistered player in their drawn game against Mohammedan Sporting.
Mohammedan Sporting got also three points from two matches by dint of Sikkim Football Club missing their points, which were awarded to them.
Mohun Bagan had their first outing against Bangladesh's Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club but because of delayed arrival of the team, the match has been rescheduled.
Mohammedan Sporting made sure of their entry into the semi-finals when they rallied beatifully to beat SK Jamal Dhanmundi from Bangladesh 2-1 in the group league match. Dhanmundi went ahead in the 41st minute through their striker Sony Nordi while medio Asim Biswas drew level for the home team in 58th minute.
Sporting went ahead through Joshimer shot five minutes before the final whistle. Joshimer earlier missed a penalty.
Sporting now led the group league table with six points from two wins and followed by Bagan with thee pointas from a single outing.
Sikkim United and Dhanmundi were yet to earn any points after playing two and one match respectively.