Despite starting on the front foot, NEUFC suffered a 2-1 defeat against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League on November 10 at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
Goals from Liston Colaco and Subhasish Bose for ATK Mohun Bagan left the Highlanders remain winless so far in the 2022-23 campaign. It was the Highlanders who had started on the front foot with youngster Parthib Gogoi giving his side the lead in the very first minute. However, once the Mariners found their footing, they hogged the ball possession and made it difficult for Marco Balbul's men to create concrete chances. In the 35th minute, Liston was put through on goal via Hugo Boumous' pass and the Goan struck the ball well to give the Kolkata side the lead. In the last 10 minutes though, fans witnessed an Aaron Evans equaliser at the 81st minute as well as a last-gasp winner from Bose in the 89th minute. Dimitri Petratos put in a curled in ball to find the defender as he guided the ball at the bottom corner. With this win, ATKMB have propelled themselves to second place while NEUFC still languish at the bottom of the table.