HOWRAH: Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded their second win as may matches after beating Bengaluru FC Reserves 1-0 in their Hero 2nd Division League clash at Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah.
In a match that was devoid of much action and chances infront of goal, Jiten Murmu came off the bench to find the net with a clinical finish which earned full three points for Mohammedan SC.
Mohammedan looked sharp from the outset pressing high and controlling possession with their quick and accurate passing game inside Bengaluru’s half.
Vanlalbiaa Chhangte was particularly impressive both on the wing and inside the box as the Black Panthers have set up camp in front of their opponents’ goal reducing Bengaluru’s options to a few counter attacking attempts.
Dipendu Biswas’ men should have taken the lead at the half-hour mark when John Chidi found himself in a clear goal scoring position failing to control an excellent cross by Sanjib Ghosh and the ball bounced off his knee and above Bengaluru keeper Sharon’s crossbar.
Less than five minutes later Mohammedan created an even better chance with Vanlalbiaa sending in a pinpoint cross from the right towards Musa Mudde who narrowly missed the target from close range.
Despite the onslaught Bengaluru have kept their composure and shape to absorb pressure and frustrate Mohammedan SC, holding them to a scoreless stalemate at the end of the first-half.
With tension building, Jiten who came in as a substitute for Firoj Ali in the 46th minute, stamped his authority on the proceedings by slotting home from Chidi’s pass in the 48th minute to settle his team’s nerves.
The setback served to awaken Bengaluru from their slumber and they threw players forward with abandon, in search of an equalizer. Naushad Moosa’s charges fought hard to not only keep themselves in the match but to try and find a goal which would help them secure at least a deserved point.
Although Bengaluru remained determined to get back into the game, unfortunately the front line continued to fire off-target while Mohammedan SC started to establish a comfortable rhythm whenever they found themselves in possession making it tough for their opponents to impose their game.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC looked dangerous on the counter with Musa missing a golden chance to double his side’s advantage, however, at the end it didn’t matter as the Jiten’s lone goal proved to be enough to decide the thrilling encounter.
The Black Panthers who now leading the Group B log with 6 points from two matches will face Chennaiyin FC Reserves on February 20, 2020 at Kalyani Stadium.