Category: 2nd Division League

Chhinga Veng ease past Mohammedan 3-0

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered yet another crushing defeat in the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League when Chhinga Veng FC beat them 3-0 in an Preliminary Round Group C encounter on Friday. 

MS Dawngliana (2′), Lalromawia (25′) and Lalmuanzova (81′) were on target for the hosts at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl.

Going into the match Mohammedan SC manager Raghunath Nandy made five changes to the side by handing starts to debutante Asif Ali Molla alongside Stephenson Pale, Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Amarendu Chakraborty and Priyant Singh at the expense of Nirmal Munda, Laltu Hembram, Safiul Rahman, Kushant Chuhan and Laltu Mondal.

Chhinga Veng were the better side in the opening exchanges and they managed to grab an early goal through MS Dawngliana, the speedy forward outpaced the Mohammedan SC defence, before firing past goalkeeper Priyant Singh to make it 1-0 to Chhinga Veng two minutes into the game.

From that goal onwards, Chhinga Veng dominated the proceedings, but poor decision-making let them down in the final third.

Nonetheless, Chhinga Veng’s pressure finally paid off as they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. A well-crafted move saw Chhinga Veng switch the play from left to right allowing Lalliansanga to set up Lalromawia, who received the ball on his chest before hitting the back of the net from inside the box.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC were presented with an opportunity to pull one back in the 35th minute, but Prosenjit Chakraboty’s effort from a corner was well saved by Chhinga Veng keeper Zothanmawia.

Philip Adjah was isolated upfront and more of a spectator, and failed to make any telling contribution.

Chhinga Veng, thereafter, continued to attack the rival goal and had a couple of really close chances, but poor finishing in the final third meant the first-half ended 2-0.

Chhinga Veng failed to control the game the way they did in the first stanza and Mohammedan SC managed to carve out a chance in the 49th minute after some neat interplay, but Zothanmawia saved comfortably from Mohammad Amirul.

Mohammedan SC launched attacks relentlessly, but Chhinga Veng – thanks as much to good defending as their opponents’ ineptitude – held them at bay before Lalmuanzova put the game to bed with a 81st-minute strike.

The victory took Chhinga Veng to the top of Group C with 7 points from 3 matches while Mohammedan SC on fifth with one point.

MOHAMMEDAN SC XI: Priyant Singh (GK), Balwinder Singh, Moses Zutah, Prosenjit Pal, Prosenjit Chakraborty (Kushant Chauhan – 80′), Asif Ali Molla, Amarendu Chakraborty (Firoj Ali – 64′), Pankaj Moula (Mohammad Amirul – 39′), Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Stephanson Pale, Philip Adjah.

BFC B put eight past Hindustan FC in 2nd Division League

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC B extended their winning run to three games, hammering Delhi-based Hindustan FC 8-0 in a completely one-sided affair at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, on Friday. The win took Bengaluru FC B’s tally to 9 points as they cemented their position at the top of Group-A standings in the Hero 2nd Division League after they sealed their biggest ever win in the competition.

While Naushad Moosa’s boys controlled the entire game, it was a brace each from Parag Shrivas (16’, 43’) and Leon Augustine (51’, 57’) along with goals from Advait Shinde (11’), Myron Mendes (20’), Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha (60’) and Altamash Sayed (61’) that gave Bengaluru a well-deserved win.

Dominating proceedings from the word go, BFC B broke the deadlock in the 11th minute through a set piece. Altamash found Myron on the right, whose low cross into the box was finished off by Advait on the second attempt after his first was blocked by the ’keeper. Five minutes later, Myron with a long ball found Parag free on the left who ran past his marker before finishing off at the far post with a low finish.

Myron had a penalty kick saved by custodian Varun Bisht in the 19th minute before making amends a minute later with a close-range finish at the far post on Parag’s cross from the left.

The Blue Colts missed another penalty at the half hour mark when Altamash hit his effort from the spot wide, before Hindustan FC missed the third penalty of the afternoon when Jaskaran Singh too fired off target after Aditya Patra had brought Franko Paul down.

The hosts finally made it 4-0 minutes from the breather when Parag completed his brace heading home Altamash’s corner kick in from the left.

Bengaluru struck four in quick succession in the opening quarter of the second half. First it was Leon who poked home from close on Advait’s pass after Myron’s effort from outside the box came off the crossbar in the 51st minute. Six minutes later, he completed his brace tapping home Parag’s low ball in from the left.

Emanuel and Altamash scored two in as many minutes from outside the box around the hour mark to make it 8-0 for the Blue Colts. The home side had quite a few chances in the remainder of the second half, but some poor finishing and last-ditch defending from the visitors meant the score remained unchanged.

The league now breaks for three weeks with Bengaluru FC B resuming their campaign with an away game against Hindustan FC in Delhi on February 25.

BFC B host Hindustan FC as 2nd Division League heads to Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC B are set to host Hindustan FC in their first home game of the Hero 2nd Division League 2018-19 when they face off at the Bengaluru Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Friday.

Going into the game on the back of two successive away wins Naushad Moosa’s boys are riding high on confidence. However, he expects his team to stay away from any complacency against a side who is yet to pick up any points.

“I say this often but I don’t think it’s going to be an easy game for us. We’ve had contrasting results compared to Hindustan FC, and these are the situations where youngsters might get complacent. Scenarios like these will help them as they progress in their career and I expect my boys to be careful and take this game seriously. We want to keep playing the way we have been playing so far and try to win this game. We had two sessions before the game and we’ve worked on the mistakes from the last outing,” said Moosa on the eve of the game.

While the Blue Colts’ have taken a three-point lead at the top in Group-A after two rounds, they’ve also netted eight times so far which is the most by any team in the 2nd Division this season. On the other hand, Hindustan FC come into the game on the back of two disappointing defeats. While they opened their campaign with a narrow 3-4 loss to ARA FC in Ahmedabad, they went down 0-6 to FC Goa Reserves on Monday. Playing their third successive away game, the Delhi-based side will be eager to bounce back and get their first points of the campaign against BFC B.

“Hindustan FC have a lot of new players and it takes time for players to gel. After two games, they will definitely be in better shape and have an understanding of each other. They will be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their team and will definitely try to come back stronger at us. I don’t want my players to be casual in any game and certainly not on Friday. Winning or losing is part of the game, but it’s important that they stick to our plan and enjoy the football,” added Moosa.

While the game will be the last before the league takes a month-long break for the Santosh Trophy, Moosa believes it’s vital for his colts to get a positive result on Friday. “I honestly wish we didn’t have a long break as we don’t want to halt the momentum. At BFC, our philosophy is to play attacking football with the aim of winning every game, so momentum plays a big role. A few of our players will join the Karnataka State Team for the Santosh Trophy and this is a platform for them as well. The exposure and the games that they play will help them build confidence when they return for the second half of the campaign.”

The game kicks off at 3.30 pm at the Bengaluru Football Stadium.

You Need To Exploit Pressure For Motivation, Says Raghu Nandy

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy insists he thrives in pressure situations as his side gears up for Friday’s Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Chhinga Veng FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, kick-off 2 pm.

Nandy came under pressure from their supporters after a lethargic performance by his team resulted in a 1-1 draw with NBP Rainbow Athletic Club in their previous league fixture, and he has it all to do now to convince the Mohammedan SC faithful that he is the right man for the job.

However, the concern Nandy has over Mohammedan SC’s slow start to the season doesn’t give him sleepless nights, as he argues The Black Panthers have enough quality to shake themselves out of their slumber.

The draw with Rainbow AC put Mohammedan SC in an awkward position, and they will look to get themselves out of that predicament by winning convincingly against Chhinga Veng.

Tactically Mohammedan SC looked poorer with defenders were exposed and looked incredibly vulnerable. There was no intensity in their play, they kept playing long balls, losing possession cheaply and failed to find the penetration needed to threaten the rival goal.

Nandy has acknowledged that things have to improve in order to win their next fixture.

“We can’t be coming out flat like that,” said Nandy. “We have to find a way to recover the team. This is a match where we need to show character.”

The former defender conceded that he will be under a considerable amount of pressure to win against Chhinga Veng, but he insists pressure can sometimes be a positive influence.

‘‘About the pressure‚ every coach‚ every player that comes here to Mohammedan SC needs to understand‚ needs to accept that pressure‚” Nandy told

“Our job is to close the pressure because this is a big club that has got high expectations from the fans. We need to manage this pressure for the positive.”

‘‘As a person 25 years in this job of coaching I understand if this pressure puts you in trouble‚ then this is a big problem. You need to exploit this pressure for motivation, to motivate the players,” he added.

Philip Adjah’s late penalty deny Rainbow full points

BARASAT: Sourav Roy’s 4th minute goal was cancelled out by Philip Adjah Tetteh’s late strike as NBP Rainbow Athletic Club were held to a 1-1 draw by Mohammedan Sporting Club in their 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round encounter on Thursday at Barasat Stadium.

On the balance of play, Mohammedan SC will feel they should have sneaked it as they dominated proceedings and created better goal-scoring chances.

They will surely be kicking themselves for not burying numerous goal-scoring opportunities they created, especially in the later stages of the encounter.

But in the end, the result was perhaps a fair reflection of the action on show. Both teams had periods of dominance and numerous scoring opportunities.

Mohammedan SC had a few promising moments early on, but were kept in check by Rainbow AC’s defense of Emmanuel Chigozie and Enjamul Haque. It was at the other end, however, where the opening goal arrived and it was winger Sourav Roy who scored to give Rainbow AC the lead in the 4th minute.

The setback galvanized Mohammedan SC into action and they poured forward in search of an equalizer. The Rainbow AC defense, while under pressure at this stage, held firm and ensured that they retained the advantage going into the break.

Changing over, Mohammedan SC were clearly the better side in terms of possession and chances created.

The Black Panthers were all over Rainbow AC and asking more and more questions. Rainbow AC Goalkeeper Dibyendu Sarkar produced a glorious save to keep Suman Ghoshal’s charges at bay when he denied Pankaj Moula in a one-on-one inside the box, diving full length to stop the ball from going in.

Rainbow AC, though, were always dangerous on the break and, in the 58th minute, they had a wonderful opportunity, but Mohammedan SC custodian Laltu Mondal saved to deny Joel Sunday from scoring.

Mohammedan SC dominated as the game drew to a close and the pressure eventually told as Adjah scored the all-important goal from the spot to level the score for Mohammedan SC in the 88th minute. The penalty was awarded to Mohammedan SC after substitute Stephenson Pale forced Enjamul Haque to commit handball inside the box.

Having scored, Mohammedan SC showed more endeavour in attack and it took everything Rainbow AC had left in their tank to deny the onslaught from The Black Panthers. Dibyendu also made a number of telling saves to a salvage a point for his side.

Mohammedan SC were left frustrated by the result as they clearly dominated play and failed to convert their scoring chances rather Rainbow AC stopping the team from scoring.

BFC B open 2nd Division campaign with a 4-1 win over FC Goa Reserves

Goa: A superb second half display inspired by an Altamash Sayed brace helped Bengaluru FC B down FC Goa Reserves 4-1 in their Hero 2nd Division League opener at the Nagoa Ground in Goa, on Wednesday.

While Naorem Roshan Singh (51’) opened the scoring for the Blue Colts, Aaren D’Silva (65’) equalised for the hosts in the second half. A quickfire brace from Altamash (70’, 73’) and a late goal from winger Leon Augustine (83’) handed BFC B all three points as they moved to the top of Group A ahead of ARA FC (3 pts) on goal difference.

Going into their first game of the campaign, Coach Naushad Moosa opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Roshan Singh leading the frontline, flanked by Leon and Advait Shinde. Meanwhile, 16-year-old midfielder Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha made his debut for BFC B after making the roster for the 2nd Division League.

After a lacklustre first half where both sides played cautiously for most parts, the second half sprung to life inside the opening ten minutes. It was Bengaluru who broke the deadlock when Roshan found the back of the net in the 51st minute. Altamash managed to find Advait on the edge of the box on the right flank who turned around intelligently and laid it off for an onrushing Roshan who took one touch before finding the bottom right corner with a left-footed finish.

The hosts restored parity at the other end levelling scores in the 65th minute when substitute Aaren D’Silva finished off from close. Midfielder Kapil Hoble capitalised on a slip from Namgyal Bhutia to cross in from the left allowing Aaren to finish off with ease from close.

Moosa’s boys responded immediately as they restored their lead inside five minutes. A good interchange of play between substitute Lalnuntluanga and Roshan saw the former play Altamash through who was brought down on the edge of the box. The playmaker stepped up and fired home a curling freekick into the top-left corner to make it 2-1 in the 70th minute.

Three minutes later, Altamash made it 3-1 as he completed his brace helping Bengaluru increase their lead. The playmaker sent Leon clear on the right who then cut it back to Lalnuntluanga. The striker played a perfect dummy pulling defenders towards him allowing Altamash who had continued his run, a clean shot on goal which he gladly accepted.

Altamash then returned the favour to Leon who scored Bengaluru’s fourth of the afternoon in the 83rd minute. The winger met Altamash’s corner kick in from the left at the near post to flick home a header past FC Goa ’keeper Shubham Dhas to seal the impressive win.

Bengaluru FC B will face ARA FC up next in Ahmedabad on January 25.

Mohammedan manager Raghu Nandy wants ‘a big push’ against Rainbow

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy, wants ‘a big push’ from his team as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they face Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday, kick-off 2 pm.

The Black Panthers face Rainbow AC at Barasat Stadium in their second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round clash, but go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat against ATK Reserves last weekend. Rainbow AC, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Chhinga Veng FC on their Hero 2nd Division League debut on Monday.

Nandy is hoping that his side can forget about the result on Saturday and focus on getting back on track.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Nandy said, “We need a big push from the players to put the past defeat behind. We will field a team that is ready tactically, physically and with the desire to go win the game.”

It’s a match Nandy will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Nandy said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for. We need to remind players that it’s not the end of the world.”

Despite losing to ATK Reserves, Mohammedan SC played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Philip Adjah Tetteh, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert and seemed like an attacker, who was suffering from lack of confidence.

However, there is little doubt in Nandy’s mind about Adjah’s ability to contribute goals and assists consistently, as he backs the Ghanaian to rediscover his goal-scoring form.

Going into the match Nandy is expected to make a few tactical changes as Kushant Chauhan is likely to start with Adjah upfront which means Pankaj Moula will move to a more central role. Prosenjit Chakraborty could be preferred over Amarendu Chakraborty on the right wing while Balwinder Singh might be shifted from centre back to right back with Moses Zutah partnering Prosenjit Pal at the heart of the defence.

Nandy insisted that everyone‚ including the Black Panthers faithfuls must have faith in the team and have belief that they are capable of eking out the needed result against Rainbow AC.

Disciplined Chhinga Veng hold Rainbow goalless on 2nd Division League debut

BARASAT: The battle between the two newcomers, Rainbow Athletic Club and Chhinga Veng FC failed to provide a winner as it finished 0-0 at Barasat Stadium, thus enabling both the teams to notch their first ever 2nd Division League point on Monday.

Led by Nigerian striker Joel Sunday, Rainbow AC who were expected to take the game to the visitors, rarely had matters their own way against Chhinga Veng who were quicker to the ball and dangerous on the break.

Chhinga Veng, who undoubtedly enjoyed better possession, especially in midfield came close in the 17th and 19th minutes when midfielders Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Lalliansanga brought the best out of hosts goalkeeper Dibyendu Sarkar.

In one of his regular raids, Vanlalbiaa was allowed room into the box and unleashed a powerful shot which Dibyendu did well to tip over the bar for a corner.

Rainbow AC midfielder Abhijit Sarkar could not believe his eyes when Laldinpuia who kept a close watch on Sunday, cleared his shot off the line with Chhinga Veng goalkeeper Zothanmawia well beaten.

Lalliansanga appeared once more on the scene when he forced Dibyendu to dive full stretch and parry his grounder for a corner in the 40th minute, while Rainbow AC play-maker Sujay Dutta made a hash of a defence-splitting pass by Suraj Mahato a minute later.

With the Chhinga Venga defence rarely tested, Rainbow AC pulled out Sujay who was not in his element for Paltu Das in the 46th minute,while the visitors had Thasiama coming on for Ginkholen Haokip.

Lady luck turned her back on Chhinga Venga in the 61st minute when Dibyendu made a double save from MS Dawngliana and Lalromawia during a goalmouth melee.

Although Chhinga Venga made regular raids into the hosts goal area, clumsy finishing proved their downfall as the two sides played to a goalless stalemate.

Rainbow AC will host Calcutta Football League rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club next on Thursday while Chhinga Veng will travel to Jamshedpur to take on Jamshedpur FC Reserves on the same day.

ATK Reserves stun Mohammedan in 2nd Division League opener

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club went down 2-0 against ATK Reserves in the 2018/19 2nd Division League opener on Saturday at Kalyani Stadium.

Thomyo L. Shimray (26′) and Sheikh Azaruddin (59′) scored on the either side of the pitch for ATK Reserves.

The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressing high to nullify ATK’s effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable.

Reluctantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.

The first real opportunity came after 11 minutes when ATK goalkeeper Jedidi Haokip  made a save from Philip Adjah‚ who had done well to turn the defense and put himself into a shooting position. But the Ghanaian forward failed to get any real power behind his shot.

On the 15th minute mark‚ Adjah hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and six minutes later Balwinder Singh rose unchallenged to head a corner narrowly wide.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents ATK managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Thomyo L. Shimray capitalized on a defensive error to beat Black Panthers custodian Laltu Mondal in the 26th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Adjah, Pankaj and Safiul Rahman but rivals ATK managed to hold on defending deep as the first-half ended 1-0.

Jedidi Haokip was a spectator in the first-half, but he saw more action in the second, keeping out an angled drive from Adjah before twice having to punch away an awkward aerial ball in the 54th minute as Mohammedan SC began to put more pressure on the ATK defense looking for the equalizer.

Despite the momentum turning in Mohammedan SC’s favour, ATK fought back to add a second when Sheikh Azaruddin slotted from a free-kick in the 59th minute.

Mohammedan SC, to their credit, never gave up but it appeared as if getting on the score sheet just wasn’t to be for the side today with every shot went anywhere but on target as ATK held on on for a well-deserved win.

Mohammedan SC Face ATK Reserves In 2nd Division League Opener

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to turn around their fortunes from last season, when they host ATK Reserves in their first match of the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League on Saturday at Kalyani Stadium, kick-off 1:30 pm.

Black Panthers managed just 3 wins in the previous season under former coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and failed to make it to the final round. This time, however, Mohammedan SC wants to make their intentions clear on the opening day itself.

The opening match could be the catalyst that Mohammedan SC need to finally start the league on a high as they are notorious for being slow starters.

“The first match is always hard because there is always some uncertainty. We will approach the game with all the seriousness it deserves. We will surely try not to repeat mistakes from last season,” said Mohammedan SC manager Raghunath Nandy.

“We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about ATK, albeit limited because they haven’t been exposed that much,” he added further.

Mohammedan SC began their preparations for the 2nd Division League way back in October as they traveled to Assam thrice to participate in the Independence Day Cup, Bordoloi Trophy and Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup respectively, before participating in the GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup in Darjeeling. Nandy feels these experiences will help the team immensely in the 2nd Division League.

“Playing outstation tournaments has really helped us build the bond within the team especially with those who joined after Calcutta Football League. We had some exciting matches in Assam and Darjeeling and those helped us experience different situations. Every match has been a learning experience.” Nandy explained.

Nandy brings a different style of play to the table and he is adamant that he has the players to make this work. Laltu Mondal is likely to start the game in goal. Snehasish Dutta will start at left back while Prosenjit Pal and one of Balwinder Singh or Ashim Kumar Dey will start as centre backs. It will be  Prosenjit Chakraborty who will start as right back.

With a wealth of options in midfield, it will be interesting to see who the experienced tactician eventually picks to start the game. Laltu Hembram and Joy Mrong Kharraswai are likely options in the central midfield positions. The attacking and wing positions will be a tough choice for Nandy who will have to choose between Stephenson Pale, Amarendu Chakraborty, Debasish Pradhan, Safiul Rahman, Firoj Ali and Eijingmut Lyngdoh. Pankaj Moula will be a likely starter up front with Philip Adjah Tetteh.

Although the Nandy appeared worried about the absence of international players – Adjah is the only foreigner available for the opener – he insist his young and exciting squad will be up for the challenge.