David Williams shrugged off his detached kind this season with a peach of a objective to present ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) a 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC (BFC) on the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Monday.
The Australian’s decisive strike got here simply after the after the half-hour mark when he expertly managed defensive midfielder Carl McHugh’s lengthy ball earlier than slicing in and creaming one into the top-right nook from simply exterior the penalty field.
It was Williams’ eighth ISL objective – 4 of which have come towards BFC – and the primary ATKMB has scored within the opening 45 minutes this marketing campaign. The Kolkata facet is now joint-top with Mumbai Metropolis FC on 16 factors from seven video games, whereas BFC, after its first defeat, stay third on 12 factors.
However for Williams’ wonder-strike, it was recreation of half-chances. BFC’s makes an attempt within the opening interval got here by way of a Erik Paartalu header off a protracted ball from custodian Gurpreet Sandhu and a Sunil Chhetri left-footer from distance. On the different finish, Gurpreet was referred to as into motion twice, saving a weak shot from Manvir Singh earlier than intercepting a squared ball from the appropriate wing.
ATKMB’s excessive press continued to unsettle BFC within the second half.
Manvir’s was a full of life presence, together with his acceleration from the appropriate flank no match for Rahul Bheke.
On 51 minutes, Williams got here shut once more, with the ball lacking the bar by inches after Roy Krishna teed him up for a fierce long-ranger.
BFC did handle to disrupt ATKMB’s attacking patterns however confirmed little or no enterprise of its personal.
Younger Suresh Wangjam, whose drive and tempo from midfield has propelled BFC for a lot of this season, began on the bench and his facet sorely missed him.
After being launched on the break, he virtually supplied an help however Cleiton Silva despatched his cut-back broad from shut vary on 73 minutes.
ATKMB then bolted the door and there was little BFC may do to interrupt it open.
ATK Mohun Bagan 1 (Williams 33) bt Bengaluru FC 0.
Tuesday’s match: Odisha FC vs NEUFC, 7.30 p.m.