KALYANI: United Sports Club twice came from behind to hold Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-2 in their 2021/22 Calcutta Football League clash on Wednesday.
Marcus Joseph (7′) and Jaskaranpreet Singh (29′) were on target for Mohammedan while Subrata Murmu (17′) and Jagannath Oraw (44′) scored for United Sports at Kalyani Stadium.
Mohammedan got off to the perfect start after Marcus put them in the lead after just 7 minutes into the match. A brilliant lofted ball from Jaskaranpreet released the Caribbean striker, who shrugged off his marker before slotting the ball past United Sports custodian Raja Barman.
The Purple Brigade responded soon as Subrata picked up the ball near the edge of the box before tormenting the Mohammedan backline with his quick feet and dribbling and slotted past Zothanmawia with a brilliantly executed shot in the 17th minute.
Mohammedan took little time to regain their lead, and goal scorer Marcus turned provider this time. Nikola Stojanovic played Marcus through down the right-hand side, before continuing his run into the box. Marcus returned the favour with a perfectly placed cross, which Jaskaranpreet headed in without any mistakes to make it 2-1 in the 29th minute.
United Sports would throw the kitchen sink once again and draw level. Mohammedan lost possession in midfield and United Sports broke with pace. A neat piece of interplay involving Tanmoy Ghosh and Prohlad Roy, ended up creating a shooting opportunity for Jagannath, who drove the ball past Zothanmawia to level the scores just before the interval.
If one thought the second half held much promise, one was to be disappointed as the pace and urgency of both sides dropped.
The tempo of the game slowed down after the early attempts at both ends. United Sports looked more likely to open the scoring but couldn’t find a way past Mohammedan defence.
Mohammedan threw men forward in the final ten minutes in search of a late winner, but United Sports backline defended resolutely to earn a crucial point.
Photo: Trisam Das