Category: 2nd Division League

Stephenson Pale’s hat-trick spurs Mohammedan to 6-0 win over TRAU

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club thrash TRAU FC 6-0 on Wednesday to keep their Hero 2nd Division League final round hopes alive.

The big win at Kalyani Stadium was powered by Stephenson Pale’s (43′, 71′, 90+1′) hat-trick. The winger was well supported by skipper Philip Adjah (45+5′ & 66′) who scored a brace along with Mohammad Amirul’s (86′) lone strike.

As a result of this win Mohammedan SC have moved to second spot in Group C standings on the basis of goal difference in head-to-head with 13 points from their 8 matches.

Mohammedan SC dominated proceedings from the very beginning and kept the ball in the rival half itself during the opening quarter, however, struggled to break down a well-organised TRAU defence.

On the other hand, TRAU who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked. Goalkeeper Priyant Singh had to make a number of fine saves to keep Mohammedan SC in the contest.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC almost took the lead when Satyam Sharma pumped up a ball from the midfield in the 28th minute. The perfect pass found Adjah on the run just outside the box, but the Ghanaian’s effort narrowly missed the target.

However, Mohammedan SC continued to push forward and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 43rd minute when Pale head past TRAU goalkeeper Mithun Samonto from Satyam Sharma’s free-kick to give his side the well-deserved lead.

The rampant Black Panthers added their second goal five minutes into first-half stoppage time when Adjah converted a penalty after TRAU’s Prem Singh committed handball inside the box.

Mohammedan SC started the second-half like a house on fire, and it was evident from the very beginning that Black Panthers were going to collect full points as TRAU players were outclassed in all departments.

Mohammedan SC duly added the third through Adjah in the 66th minute. TRAU defense gave the ball away carelessly and Adjah burst through into the area on the left hand side and deposited the ball past the helpless Mithun for a 3-0 lead.

It was 4-0 five minutes later when Pale grabbed his second of the day after slotting home a left wing cross from Satyam.

The scoring spree did not end there as substitute Amirul increased the lead further after striking home in the 86th minute. The pass came in from Arthur Kouassi for Amirul who produced a good strike from the edge of the area to find the left hand side of goal.

Meanwhile, TRAU had a couple of good opportunities to reduce the margin but the visitors were unlucky and Mohammedan SC well at the back.

Mohammedan SC didn’t take their foot off the accelerator and continued to dominate proceedings but had to wait till injury time to get their sixth when Pale scored from close range to complete his hattrick.

The Black Panthers will now prepare for Rainbow AC in their last home game on Sunday at Kalyani.

Philip Adjah: TRAU showdown a six-pointer for Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club skipper Philip Adjah believes their midweek Hero 2nd Division League Preliminary Round Group C clash with TRAU FC is worth six points. The match at Kalyani Stadium will kick-off at 3:00 PM on Wednesday.

Although, Mohammedan SC currently lying on 4th position in Group C table with 10 points from 7 points but a victory over TRAU, who are on 13 points from 7 matches as well, could send them to second behind Chhinga Veng FC and establish as firm contenders for a final round berth, however, anything less than a win and it could be over.

“Both teams are desperate for the three points. A draw won’t be enough and that makes this game a six pointer. For us we will go out there and just play our normal attacking game,” Adjah said.

“We know that we won’t have it all our way because there is so much at stake for both teams, it’s a must-win six-pointer for us. If they sit back and wait for a counter attack we have to make sure we are tight at the back as well while we attack them. Such games between such two teams are not easy ones but we want three points at any cost,” the Ghanaian striker explained.

During their past two matches, the Black Panthers were convincing winners and managed to score a combined total of seven goals in two matches without conceding any. Adjah himself scored thrice in those two matches and believe that they can beat TRAU for the first time in Hero 2nd Division League, based on their performances against ATK Reserves and Chhinga Veng.

“We are in a good momentum, getting the results, playing well. Both the teams want to play and win. I remember we lost to them on away, we were leading and then allowed them to come back into the match. So now we just want to win and kill it off here in Kalyani,” he added.

Nonetheless, defender Kamran Farooque who played a crucial role in victories over ATK Reserves and Chhinga Veng is not avalaible for selection against TRAU as he got a straight red Chhinga Veng.

Though Adjah has stated that the absence of Kamran will be a major loss for the side, but ensures that rest of team will soldier on and do the business against TRAU.

Mohammedan put an end to Chhinga Veng’s unbeaten run

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club eased past Chhinga Veng FC 3-0 to keep their final round hopes alive in the ongoing 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League.

Desmos Arthur Kouassi (38′) and skipper Philip Adjah (43′ & 70′) were on target for the Black Panthers to hand Chhinga Veng their first defeat in Preliminary Round on Saturday at Kalynai Stadium.

The opening 10 minutes was a rather scrappy affair, with both teams unable to hold onto the ball long enough to create any decent scoring opportunities.

The first effort on goal only came in the 15th minute, when Kouassi met a left-sided cross from Safiul Rahman, but he headed his effort wide of the Chhinga Veng goal.

Four minutes later Adjah came bitterly close to opening the lead but his close range effort was superbly saved by Chhinga Veng custodian Zothanmawia.

Adjah then continued to terrorize the Chhinga Veng defense, setting up another two chances for Kouassi, but the Ivorian forward squandered both.

Mohammedan SC, thereafter, continued to press on, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 38th minute though Kouassi who scored from Stephanson Pale’s pass.

From the goal onwards, Mohammedan SC dominated the proceedings and duly doubled their lead in the 43rd minute after Adjah scored from close range.

Meanwhile, Chhinga Veng looked well out of their depth throughout the first-half and went into the break trailing 2-0, with a mountain to climb in the second stanza.

Chhinga Veng started the second-half stronger, in the opening 10 minutes Chhinga Veng continued to impose themselves on the game without reward as Priyant Singh, between the sticks, held out to good efforts.

The Black Panthers also got a few times close to getting the third goal and looked dangerous on the set-pieces, but the ball didn’t find the back of the net.

Chhinga Veng, however, really struggled to find their footing in the game as Mohammedan SC looked comfortable to sit back and hold onto the ball.

Despite the momentum turning in Chhinga Veng’s favour, Mohammedan SC fought back to add a third when Adjah slotted home from close range after rounding Zothanmawia in the 70th minute to put the result beyond questions.

Towards the end, Mohammedan SC’s Kamran Farooque and Chhinga Veng’s Vanlalzuidika were given marching order.

The result see Mohammedan SC leapfrogged Rainbow AC for the third spot in Group C standings with 10 points from 7 matches and will host TRAU FC next on March 13, 2019 at Kalyani Stadium.

Raghu Nandy Stays Confident Ahead Of Chhinga Veng Tie

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Technical Director Raghunath Nandy have expressed confidence that his side can beat Chhinga Veng FC tomorrow at home to keep their final round hopes alive in the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League. The Preliminary Round Group C tie at Kalyani Stadium kick-off at 3 pm on Saturday.

Mohammedan SC are fourth on Group C log with 7 points, while Chhinga Veng leading the standings with 16 points, both after 6 games. The Black Panthers needs to win at any cost as anything less than three points could potentially end their final round aspirations.

This clash promises to be an entertaining affair as both sides play an attacking brand of football and will be full of confidence after posting impressive results in their respective last matches. Mohammedan SC come into the match on the back of a 4-0 win over ATK Reserves on Monday, while Chhinga Veng have defeated a strong Rainbow Athletic Club 3-1.

“I am impressed with the commitment of my boys as we are gradually finding our shape. Yes, we did not start too well as we would have wished but we are steadily getting into our groove,” said Nandy.

Although, Mohammedan SC have been beaten 0-3 by Chhinga Veng in the corresponding fixture in January, Nandy has expressed confidence in his team’s ability.

“For us it’s one game at a time. It doesn’t matter who we are up against, we back ourselves against anyone. We want to stay true to ourselves by playing our best football. We pace ourselves and we know what we are capable of doing,” he added.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC’s defensive frailties, struggling to deal with fast attackers, has dented their final round ambitions. If it wasn’t for their attack, they wouldn’t be considered in the race such is the state of their defence where they struggle to keep clean sheets. In the final stretch matches will be decided by small margins, like being tight at the back in close encounters.

The Black Panthers will also need skipper Philip Adjah to return to his best form. There is no doubt that Adjah is one of the most talented strikers in 2nd Division League currently. When he racked up 21 goals and assisted 6 prior to the league, similar things were expected from him. However, the alarming rate of inconsistency in his performances has been a worrying factor. Maybe the weight of expectations has proved to be too much for him to handle.

Many times, Adjah looks like he has been caught in two minds in front of the goal. His lack of composure while finishing opportunities has proven to be very costly for Mohammedan SC, and with just 4 games remaining in the Preliminary Round, Adjah needs to change gears before it’s too late.

2nd Division League: Mohammedan SC see off ATK Reserves

HOWRAH: Mohammedan Sporting Club kept their final round hopes alive in 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League with a 4-0 drubbing of ATK Reserves in an Preliminary Round Group C game at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah on Monday.

Goals from Stephanson Pale (43′), Prosenjit Chakraborty (45+2′), Philip Adjah (58′) and a fairy tale strike from Desmos Arthur Kouassi (77′) helped Black Panthers to log their biggest win of the season.

Mohammedan SC hugely deserved all the three points as they dominated ATK with their expensive attacking football where they dominated in every respect where they played the dominant football that their Technical Director Raghunath Nandy preaches.

Mohammedan SC dominated proceedings from the very beginning and kept the ball in the rival half itself during the opening quarter. However, with the ATK defense staying deep, Mohammedan SC were finding it tough to penetrate.

On the other hand, ATK who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked. Goalkeeper Priyant Singh had to make a number of fine saves to keep Mohammedan SC in the contest.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC almost took the lead when Satyam Sharma pumped up a ball from the midfield in the 28th minute. The perfect pass found Kouassi on the run just outside the box, but the Ivorian struck the post.

However, Mohammedan SC kept pressing and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 43rd minute when Pale slotted past ATK goalkeeper Jedidi Haokip from close to give his side the well-deserved lead.

Then Prosenjit Chakraborty doubled the lead two minutes into first-half stoppage time when he slotted Adjah’s rebound after the Nigerian hit the cross-bar.

Mohammedan SC started the second-half like a house on fire, and it was evident from the very beginning that Black Panthers were going to collect full points as ATK players were outclassed in all departments and Mohammedan SC duly added the third through Adjah in the 58th minute. ATK defense gave the ball away carelessly and Adjah burst through into the area on the left hand side and deposited the ball past the helpless Jedidi for a 3-0 lead.

ATK, on the other hand, looked well out of their depth and rarely threatened in the second-half and when they did, the rock solid defensive pairing of Prosenjit Pal and Balwinder Singh regularly snuffed out the danger. Priyant also covered his area well to keep some dangerous strikes at bay.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to dominate proceedings creating multiple chances for Adjah and Kouassi up front.

Adjah should have secured his brace when a perfect cross was supplied to him across the face of goal by Pale, but the striker failed to tap it in from close range in the 73rd minute.

Four minutes later Kouassi put the final nail in the coffin slotting in from Adjah’s square ball to add further gloss to a terrific display.

Thanks to this big win Mohammedan SC have leapfrogged ATK Reserves for the fourth spot in Group C standings with 7 points from six matches. Mohammedan SC will host Chhinga Veng FC next on March 9, 2019 at Kalyani Stadium.

Day Of Reckoning Beckons For Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Technical Director Raghunath Nandy is confident that his troops will get the job done against ATK Reserves in their must-win 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League Preliminary Round Group C fixture at the Howrah Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The Black Panthers who are on 5th place in Group C with 4 points from 5 matches need to beat ATK Reserves to keep their final round hopes alive.

“This is a do-or-die kind of situation which the players have been made aware and they fully understand the situation we are in right now,” Nandy said.

Mohammedan SC head into the game having lost 1-2 against TRAU FC on the road last week, while ATK Reserves were beaten by Chhinga Veng FC 3-1  in their most recent fixture.

Despite the loss, the Black Panthers performed valiantly against TRAU FC showing their strength in defense and midfield. Having witnessed plenty of positives from his side’s performance, among some areas that require some finessing, Nandy believes his side can get a result against ATK Reserves.

“It is not like we have not been doing well. The matches we lost, we lost through our mistakes which we have been rectifying. We have been scoring goals, it’s just that sometimes defence was letting us down. We need to rectify our past mistakes and close some loopholes which have been costing us dearly. We will start the match with a belief that we can win the game.”

“ATK Reserves are a good team and they are playing very good football right now. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain, but with us where we are right now, it doesn’t matter to be honest what the opponent does, who does what. We just want to get points to stay .”

“We had our Team talk at training this morning and players are more determined than ever. We need to win against ATK Reserves and we are fully focused on doing just that. I hope the enthusiasm that players showing at training will translate to a great performance and great attitude in the match,” he added.

TRAU two good for Mohammedan SC

IMPHAL: Mohammedan Sporting Club took another knock, after going down 2-1 to TRAU FC at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium in Imphal on Thursday afternoon in an 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League Preliminary Round Group C game.

Former Mohammedan SC striker Princewill Emeka (25′) and Joseph Olaleye (56′) scored on either side of the pitch to make Philip Adjah’s (12′) opener count little.

TRAU started the match like a house on fire as they took the game to Mohammedan SC. The hosts created the first threat in the 7th minute when Princewill delivered a free-kick into the box, but Joseph was unable to hit the target with his header.

That proved to be a costly miss as Mohammedan SC took the lead five minutes later through Adjah, who collected a pass from Prosenjit Chakraborty before calmly slotting past Mithun Samonto.

TRAU then came close to levelling matters in the 18th minute when Balwinder Singh lost possession inside the box, but Princewill’s shot went wide of the target.

Princewill, however, redeemed himself by scoring the equalizer in the 25th minute. The Nigerian latched onto a loose ball in the box following a neat interchange of passing with Naocha Singh, to slot his shot into the top left hand corner.

From the goal onwards, TRAU dominated the proceedings and could have taken the lead in the 34th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Prosenjit Pal brought down Kivi Zhimoni inside the box. However, goalkeeper Priyant Singh produced superb save to keep out Princewill’s effort from the spot.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC also gave a good account of themselves in the later stages of the half but TRAU made sure they kept things tight and compact as the both teams went into the break locked at 1-1.

TRAU came out with intent in the second-half and carved out three chances in the opening few minutes. However, Priyant covered his area well to keep some stunning strikes by Princewill and Kivi at bay.

Nonetheless despite his best efforts Priyant could not hold TRAU off forever and as the clock headed into the 56th minute mark Jospeh scored from Kivi’s pass give his side the lead.

However, rather than let their heads drop, the goal spurred Mohammedan SC on and they began attacking with intensity.

Mohammedan SC missed a myriad of late chances after coming alive in the final minutes but a series of horrid misses and some sparkling saves from Mithun kept them at bay.

Mohammedan SC who have 4 points from 5 matches will face ATK Reserves next on March 4, 2019 at Howrah Stadium.

2nd Division League: Raghu Nandy Treading Very Carefully Ahead Of TRAU Clash

IMPHAL: Previous form won’t have any effect when Mohammedan Sporting Club face TRAU FC in an 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League Preliminary Round Group C encounter at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium in Imphal on Thursday, kick-off 2 pm.

This is the view of Mohammedan SC Technical Director Raghunath Nandy, who believes TRAU will approach this match like wounded tigers, eager to make up for the recent defeats they have suffered at their own backyard.

After a rip roaring start to the campaign TRAU lost two back to back home games. They were first beaten 3-2 by Rainbow Athletic Club before suffering a 2-0 defeat against Chhinga Veng FC that dented their final round hopes.

Alluding to those two defeats, Nandy said those matches gave him a clear indication of what his side will be up against on the morrow, warning that they could find themselves facing side which is desperate for a win in pursuit of keeping final round round hopes alive.

“It becomes very important not to depend on their past performances because they are going to come with a different game plan. We have high respect for the quality they have in their squad,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC themselves are in a spot of bother as they only have 4 points from 4 games and anything less than three points means their chances of making it to the final round considerably lessened.

Nandy said that it is up to his players to go out there and ensure that they give their best performance and fight for a victory against TRAU.

“It’s a mental thing where players will have to now go out there and give it whatever they have got to win the match. We put ourselves here and we have to take ourselves out. We want to be in the top eight. We need to aim high,” Nandy added.

Bengaluru FC B down Hindustan FC for fourth successive win

New Delhi: Ten-man Bengaluru FC B put on a resilient show in the capital as they fought from a goal down to win 3-1 against Hindustan FC in the Hero 2nd Division League at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi, on Monday.

Goals from Altamash Sayed (14’), Naorem Roshan Singh (65’) and Namgyal Bhutia (87’) cancelled out Franko Paul’s (6’) early opener for the hosts as the Blue Colts secured their fourth successive win to maintain their perfect record and further strengthen their top spot in Group-A with 12 points. BFC B played more than 70 minutes win ten men after defender Biswa Darjee was sent off for a direct red in the 20th minute.

With the League resuming after a long break, Coach Naushad Moosa opted to make four changes with goalkeeper Shainkhan CP, defenders Rakesh Oram and Biswa along with midfielder Lalengzama Vangchhia being handed starts.

In a game that began frantically, the Blue Colts had a great chance to open scoring in the second minute itself. Winger Leon Augustine, making a dangerous run in from the right, was fouled on the edge of the box. Altamash curled the resultant freekick into the box to find an unmarked Amal Das at the far post but the defender’s header went inches wide.

The miss proved costly as the hosts took the lead at the other end when Amal was adjudged to have brought down rival midfielder Ronaque Bakshi in the box. Franko stepped up and slotted it past Shainkhan in the BFC B goal to put Hindustan FC 1-0 up.

Their lead lasted just eight minutes as Moosa’s boys levelled scores at the other end around the quarter hour mark. Biswa floated in a perfect cross from the left to find attacker Advaith Shinde who controlled well before before holding it and laying off for an onrushing Altamash, who then found the back of the net with a first-time finish.

The Blue Colts looked threatening in attack after the equaliser, but it was Hindustan who once again were awarded a penalty. This time Biswa took one for the team after he handled Franko’s attempt on the goal line, with the Hindustan attacker taking a shot having beaten Amal and Shaikhan on a solo run. Referee Ravindra Thapliyal pointed to the spot and gave Biswa his marching orders reducing Bengaluru to ten men. The golden chance was however missed by the hosts as Franko skied his attempt from the spot-kick in the 21st minute.

With both sides locked at 1-1 in the first half, the start to the second half was cautious. Despite being a man down the Blue Colts continued to push up and their efforts were rewarded when Roshan put them in the lead midway through the second half. Midfielder Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha was fouled right on the edge of the box down the middle earning BFC B a freekick. Roshan stepped up and curled it brilliantly into the top right corner past a helpless David Chauhan in the rival goal for his third strike of the competition putting Bengaluru in the lead for the first time in the game.

After having a Lalnuntluanga goal ruled out for offside in the final ten minutes, the Blue Colts finally secured their three points when Bhutia headed in his first goal of the campaign. Emanuel cut past a couple defenders on the right, before his left footer came off the woodwork and fell for Roshan on the edge of the box on the left. The attacker took a touch before crossing it to Bhutia at the far post to head home with ease a seal a well-deserved win.

Bengaluru FC B now play LoneStar Kashmir FC in Srinagar on February 27.

Mohammedan edge Jamshedpur Reserves to log first win of 2nd Division League

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Jamshedpur FC Reserves 2-1 on Sunday to log their first win of the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League.

Debutante Desmos Arthur Kouassi (42′ & 70′) scored on either side of the pitch before Samim Hossain pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 82nd minute at Kalyani Stadium.

Mohammedan SC exerted pressure right from the start while the visitors took time to settle. Nevertheless, Jamshedpur FC had a clear look at the Mohammedan SC goal in the 19th minute as Gorachand Mamdi leaped high to meet Sohrab Akhtar’s cross but the striker’s header moved over the cross bar.

The Black Panthers, on the other hand, were creating some fantastic openings but their attackers ran short of ideas on reaching the Jamshedpur FC territory.

Having created some half chances till the half hour mark, Mohammedan SC managed to find the back of the net in the 31st minute through Prosenjit Chakraborty but the former India youth international’s effort was ruled offside.

However, the constant pressure by Mohammedan SC paid off as they finally broke the deadlock through Kouassi who slotted home from Philip Adjah’s pass to give his side a 1-0 lead at half-time..

The second-half saw Mohammedan SC continue to attack with ease, but goalkeeper Amrit Gope kept Jamshedpur FC in the contest with a number of fine saves, including one to deny Adjah in the 54th minute.

However, some sloppy defending from Mohammedan SC gave Jamshedpur FC the chance to equalize, but Priyant Singh did very well as he came out to block Jaypal Singh from close range, before Mohammad Shahjahan missed the target on the follow-up.

The Black Panthers then took the ball up to the opposite end of the pitch and looked set to double their lead and the pressure eventually told and Mohammedan SC managed to double the lead in the 70th minute through Kouassi.

It was a goal made in football heaven, involving a glorious passing movement featuring a number of players, and with classic one-touch football, they carved open the Jamshedpur FC defense, leaving the Ivorian with a simple tap-in.

Nonetheless, Jamshedpur FC did manage to find a consolation goal in recognition of their efforts as substitute Samim Hossain slotted in the 82nd minute after a failed clearance by defender Balwinder Singh fell for the midfielder.

Mohammedan SC who now have 4 points from 4 outings will travel to Imphal to take on TRAU FC on February 28, 2019.