By Debabrata Majumder
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Neroca FC in their final round clash of the I-League 2nd Division, here on Friday.
First half goals from James Moga (3rd) and Ajay Singh (23rd) helped Mohammedan SC to secure full three points at the Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground.
Going into the game, Mohammedan SC coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.) was forced to make a couple of changes to the side that beat Gangtok Himalayan SC last week as Lancine Toure and Nagen Tamang were suspended which saw Bikramjit Singh and Sheikh Faiaz took their role in the starting line-up.
Playing their last home game of the season, Mohammedan SC began confidently with an attacking mindset. It only took Mohammedan SC three minutes to break the deadlock when Moga headed home off a rebound of Ajay’s shot to put the hosts ahead.
The early lead gave Mohammedan SC a boost in confidence and they attacked the Neroca FC goal ferociously going close on a few occasions.
After dominating proceedings, Mohammedan SC doubled their lead midway through the half as the South Sudan international turned provider this time for Ajay who converted a delightful pass of Moga from the left side.
Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to put pressure on the Neroca FC defense holding midfield supremacy. A few good chances fell for Faiaz and Imran Khan but they lacked the finishing touch in the final third as the scoreline remain 2-0 in favour of the hosts at the interval.
Changing over, the visitors tried their best in reducing the margin and came with few counter moves. Gift Raikhan’s side had two clear chances but substitutes Chinedu Emmanuel and Ronald Singh failed to get past the Mohammedan SC defense.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC almost added the third in the 72nd minute but Faiaz literally failed to put the ball into the empty net after being set up by Ajay.
In the remainder of the half, Mohammedan SC held on to their lead to ensure back-to-back wins in the competition which took their tally to 7 points from 5 games behind Neroca FC (8 pts), Minerva Academy FC (11 pts) and leaders Dempo SC (13 pts). However, Mohammedan SC have played a match less than their opponents who sit above them in the table.
Mohammedan SC will travel to Chandigarh next where they face Minerva on 5 May, 2016.