Category: Calcutta Football League


KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club, despite playing the entire second-half with 10-men, put on a valiant effort but end of the day it was not enough as East Bengal walked out victorious 3-2 in their Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ encounter on Thursday at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

Going into the match both Mohammedan and East Bengal needed the result to go their way if they had any hope of keeping their title dreams alive.

East Bengal started the match with more purpose in the early exchanges and took the lead in the 12th minute through Pintu Mahata who sent in a thundering header into the net from a low cross by Ronaldo Oliviera from the right wing.

While the goal buoyed East Bengal to continue pushing high into the Mohammedan final third, the early wake-up knocked their opponents into action as Mohammedan restored the parity in the 24th minute when Borja Perez Gomez headed a Kareem Omolaja free-kick into his own net to the delight of the Mohammedan fans.

The equalizer signalled a lift in intensity from the Black Panthers, who made several decent attacks with Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Satyam Sharma testing East Bengal goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte, however, things took a unexpected turn for the Black Panthers when Shafiul Rahman used his hands to keep out Jaime Colado’s goal-bound header which not only earned a penalty for East Bengal but Shafiul also got his marching orders. It was Colado who stepped in and slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner to give East Bengal the lead going into the break.

Mohammedan came out of the sheds fired up to bring themselves back into contention. Although a man down, the Black Panthers proved they are a resilient, determined bunch of young men. They kept the pressure up on their opponents to dominate periods of the second-half making inroads into the opposing final third and coming very close to securing an equaliser.

However, Saheed Ramon’s charges weren’t able to keep up the pace as substitute Marcos Espada headed home a cross from Lalrindika Ralte leaving goalkeeper Priyant Singh no chance.

Mohammedan, meanwhile, did not lose hope as they kept attacking with intensity and pulled a goal back through substitute Arthur Kouassi in the 82nd minute.

The match started to become a little tenser as the clock counted down with Mohammedan showing great determination in their pursuit of an equalizer, while East Bengal remained solid at the back.

Mohammedan, 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 East Bengal held on for a narrow win.

Mohammedan coach Saheed Ramon said his team displayed another spirited performance but unfortunately the result was not on their side.

“I thought they battled until the end, they really put everything on the field. We demonstrated a will to win, even when one man and two goals down. What more can I demand from them? I cannot demand more,” Ramon added.

For Mohammedan SC, the journey may be over but after a promising campaign technical director Dipendu Biswas is already looking to the future.

“We finish the Calcutta Football League tonight and now it’s time to start thinking about the 2nd Division League,” he said.

The result means East Bengal top the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ with 20 points from 10 matches while Mohammedan finish their campaign on 19 points from 11 matches.

Mohammedan Ready For ‘Final Push’ Against East Bengal

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club may be on their best run of form in recent months, but technical director Dipendu Biswas cautioned his players about getting complacent when they face East Bengal in their last Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture on Thursday at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krigangan, kick-off 3 pm.

Mohammedan (19 points) are currently top of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ standings with a two-point advantage over the trailing Peerless, can win their first title since 1981 with victory against East Bengal, but only if Peerless slip in any of their remaining two matches against Rainbow AC and George Telegraph.

“We are ready for the final push,” comments Biswas about Thursday afternoon’s match against East Bengal. “This is our last match of the campaign, so there is no room for error. We are confident that we will continue where we left off on Monday.”

Mohammedan completed their preparation with a light pre-match training at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on a rainy Wednesday morning, and there is a sense of optimism in the camp which was visible while watching the Black Panthers going through their final polishing touches.

“It is good to see the players before such a big match so calm but highly focused. We have prepared with the limited time we have since our last game on Monday. I always tell the players to focus on the match but not on the league table. I am not doing any calculation; this is the last game so we have to get three points. We must focus on ourselves and the rest will take care of itself.” Biswas adds.

As for opponents, Biswas comments, “East Bengal is a formidable side. They play a very good brand of football and they are quick. It is going to be a nice match because they are also highly technical. I have nothing but respect for them. It is going to be a tight match but we will make sure that we implement our game plan and see how they respond. We are aware of the hype around the game and this is a big event for the fans. I have told players to go out there and express themselves without the fear of failure.”

After suffering a crushing 0-3 defeat against Bhawanipore, the Black Panthers came back strongly and registered three consecutive victories, all in must-win games, against BSS Sporting, Mohun Bagan and Peerless.

Going into the game, what will be key for Mohammedan is continuing that momentum and continuing to apply what they have learned thus far.

Part of their strength came from surprising their opponents with their speed, power and hunger. Biswas has prepared his troops well, identifying the key strengths of his personnel and setting up a system to maximize the team’s effectiveness. He never got carried away with any one victory, pointing out areas for improvements whilst highlighting the strengths of his team.

The former India striker knows what to expect from this exciting young side that will need to lift their game one more time to secure their first Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title after 38 years, with assistance from a stroke of luck.

CFL 2019/20: Mohammedan Ease Peerless To Go Top Of The Log

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club moved to the summit of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ standings after recording a 2-0 victory over Peerless SC at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Monday.

Kareem Omolaja (60′) and Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (69′) were target for the Black Panthers after Jiten Murmu missed a penalty for Peerless.

Mohammedan didn’t get off the mark quite as quickly as they might have hoped with Peerless proving strong tactically, setting up a deep block with pace up front for the counter attack.

Peerless’ plan of attack was fairly straight-forward with a solid back-line, some man-marking of the particularly problematic opponents and an aim to try and use the speed of Jiten to try and penetrate into the final third.

It’s a plan of attack which seemed to work reasonably well as Peerless made several decent attacks, however the Black Panthers were by far the more dominant side across the course of the first-half with poor finishing proving their weakness.

It wasn’t until the second-half that Peerless’ defences really started to breakdown as Mohammedan showed far more attacking intent with a much-improved performance.

Nonetheless, the lack of finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from Peerless meant Mohammedan could not find a goal as reward for their early dominance.

Despite the momentum turning in Mohammedan’s favour, Peerless had a golden chance to surge ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after Kareem tripped Anthony Wolfe inside the box, however, Jiten failed to convert from spot to the relief of  home fans.

Mohammedan, on the other hand, kept dominating both territorial and ball possession, showing glimpses of their attacking prowess. Saheed Ramon’s troops poured forward with Vanlalbiaa and John Chidi testing goalkeeper James Kithan, but to their credit Peerless remained resolute in defence to keep their rivals at bay.

The pressure, however, took it’s toil as Kareem, making amends, put Mohammedan ahead at the hour mark with a blistering finish from outside the box.

With Mohammedan taking the lead, Peerless had to throw caution to the wind as they launched a wave of attacks on the Mohammedan defence, however, by pushing forward Peerless left themselves exposed and vulnerable at the back and Mohammedan took full advantage when they doubled their advantage in the 69th minute through Vanlalbiaa, who picked out Tirthankar Sarkar’s pass to produce a fine strike into the bottom-right corner.

Despite their two goal cushion the Mohammedan kept pushing forward in the hopes of adding a few more to the tally but in the end two was all they needed to move at the top of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log with 19 points from 10 matches.

Mohammedan’s Moment Of Truth As They Face Title Rivals Peerless

KOLKATA: “We are switched on and we want to keep it that way,” Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Saheed Ramon remarks. “Winning matches is a confidence booster. We have been in a winning mood and it’s now a matter of consolidating the winning spirit.” Continue reading “Mohammedan’s Moment Of Truth As They Face Title Rivals Peerless”