Mohun Bagan hope to avoid relegation

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Mohun Bagan brightened their prospects of avoiding relegation as they rode on a brilliant Sunil Chhetri hat-trick to blank Tollygunge Agragami 4-0.

Mohun Bagan hope to avoid relegation

Kolkata:

Three-time winners Mohun Bagan brightened their prospects of avoiding relegation as they rode on a brilliant Sunil Chhetri hat-trick to blank Tollygunge Agragami 4-0 in a one-sided ninth National Football League contest. Badly needing a win to improve their position lower down the order, Bagan took an early lead through Jerry Jirsanga before substitute Chhetri netted thrice to seal the fate of city rivals Tollygunge Agragami who are certain to be demoted. "I did not expect a hat-trick, but we definitely wanted to win," says Chhetri. After Thursday's stupendous show, the beleaguered Bagan have now advanced to the eighth spot among 12 teams with 22 points in their kitty from 21 outings. Crucial match They need only a draw in their last match versus another relegation-threatened outfit Churchill Brothers, Goa, to stay in the premier league. And while Bagan know a draw will be enough for them, they still want to go out and win. "We will definitely survive, there is no doubt about that, but we will have to work hard for it. We are not going to take our place in the top division for granted, we have to win our remaining match," says Satyajit Chatterjee, Assistant Coach, Mohun Bagan. Bagan last lifted the NFL title in 2002 and ironically, they had beaten Churchill Brothers on the final weekend of the season. They will be hoping for a repeat this time as well. (With PTI inputs)

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