KOLKATA: Peerless SC and Aryan Club played out a goalless draw in their Calcutta Football League clash on Wednesday.
After a first half which did not create much in the way of direct goalmouth action, the second half saw both teams have a host of opportunities that could have won this match at Mohun Bagan Ground. Peerless ended in the ascendency but were unable to turn home the numerous chances that they had later on.
Peerless started the game at a high tempo, trying to put Aryan on the back foot from the beginning.
Ansumana Kromah was enjoying himself and seemed refreshed creating constant danger to the Aryan defence. Ronald Singh was also playing well. The former ATK FC midfielder controlled the game for his side with a lot of the action directed through him.
Peerless created a number of great goal scoring opportunities, the best of which fell for Kromah and Aftab Alam. Aryan custodian Subrata Santra was kept busy and had to make numerous saves.
That’s not to say Aryan didn’t have their chances. There were several occasions when they broke past the backline and threatened 1v1 with Peerless custodian Sanjay Bhattacharjee, however failed to be as lethal as they needed to be in front of goal.
While Peerless laboured in search of their feet, Aryan established a comfortable rhythm whenever they found themselves in possession making it tough for their opponents to impose their game.
It was a positive and spirited performance of Aryan in the first-half, which fully deserved at least one goal. The two teams return to the locker room without any advantage.
Aryan continued to be the better side in the second-half, controlling the pace of the match with accurate passing at the back and probing attacks at the other end.
Albeit displaying plenty of technical ability with eye-catching combination plays the Aryan attackers were guilty of straying offside on several occasions.
Peerless looked to catch Aryan on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they wasted a number of good opportunities to break the deadlock.
As the clock started counting down in the second-half not even the introduction of Jiten Murmu and Laxmikanta Mandi could not break down Aryan’s resolve, while Aryan found it equally difficult to challenge their rivals.
Despite their strong finish to the game and laying siege to the Aryan goal in the latter stages of the game, Peerless was unfortunate not to have picked up all three points, having had numerous chances to have closed out the game.