Category: 2nd Division League

Mohammedan Ride On Chidi Hattrick To Beat Blues’ Reserves

BENGALURU: Mohammedan Sporting Club eased past Bengaluru FC Reserves 3-1 in their Group B fixture of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League at Bangalore Football Stadium on Tursday.

John Chidi (41′, 75′ & 88′) scored a hat-trick for Mohammedan while Biswa Kumar Darjee (PG – 74′) scored the only goal for the hosts.

Going into the match Mohammedan coach Saheed Ramon made three changes to side by handing starts to Shafiul Rahman, who was suspended against Chennaiyin, Satyam Sharma and Sanjib Ghosh at the expenses of Sourav Das, Tirthankar Sarkar and Vikas Saini, while skipper Musa Mudde started as centre-back partnering Prosenjit Paul.

Despite some quick and accurate passes from both sets of players, neither side was able to establish dominance over the midfield during the early stages which made for an end-to-end, open encounter.

Mohammedan were pressing high without the ball, trying to put pressure on the Bengaluru defence which looked organised and comfortable to dictate the pace of the match and limit the Mohammedan’s options to counterattacks.

Playing out from the back, Black Panthers were looking to connect with target-man John Chidi but Jagdeep Singh, at the centre of Bengaluru defence, had little trouble defusing the searching long balls and crosses aimed at the forward.

By midway through the first period Bengaluru were piling on the pressure. Bekay Oram and Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha led Bengaluru’s offensive efforts but like their opponents, failed to be as lethal as they needed to be in front of goal.

Inevitably, failing to convert their chances came back to haunt Bengaluru as Black Panthers took the lead in the 41st minute minute with Chidi smashing home to punish some hesitant defending.

Mohammedan’s spirits were lifted by the goal and they played out the final moments of the first-half with a lot of energy, which they brought with them when they returned from the break.

Going into the second-half, Black Panthers continued to apply pressure and made some decent runs forward. Bengaluru, however, are not a side to give up lightly and despite trailing kept the intensity high, and the pressure on their opponents as they battled to find a way back into the match.

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

However, an unrelenting Bengaluru side kept the pressure on their opponents and eventually managed to restore the parity in the 74th minute when Biswa converted from the spot after Hira Mondal tackled Oram inside the box.

Nonetheless, Bengaluru’s joy was short-lived as Mohammedan regained their lead in the very next minute when Chidi reached on the end of a long ball from the deep and calmly put the ball past Bengaluru custodian Aditya Patra.

Eight minutes later Mohammedan got a penalty of their own when Johnson Singh committed handball inside the box, however, substitute Vikas Saini wasted a golden opportunity to put the game to bed by blasting his penalty conversion attempt over the crossbar.

But luckily for the Black Panthers, Chidi was at the right place again just minutes later to burst the net with a well-struck drive to complete his hat-trick.

Following this win, Mohammedan remained on the top of the Group B with 12 points from 6 matches and will host Hyderabad FC Reserves next on March 17 at Kalyani Stadium.

Mohammedan Search For Spark In Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Things tend to get harder before they get better. With this motivating axiom in mind Mohammedan Sporting Club will continue their search for the spark that will reignite their 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League campaign.

The Black Panthers will face Bengaluru FC Reserves at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Thursday, kick-off 3:30 PM.

Everything seemed like going in favour till the disastrous tour of South India where Mohammedan lost successive matches against Hyderabad and Chennaiyin. Coach Saheed Ramon says he will not be hitting any panic buttons just yet but insists the team must shape up and start getting results as things might get tougher for them if they drop points in any of their remaining four fixtures.

“This is a game we have to win at all costs. We are here only for three points, nothing else,” the Nigerian mentor said.

Ramon knows Mohammedan will have a tough test on their hands, both in trying to overcome Bengaluru on the field and in bearing the weight of expectation from the Black Panthers faithful.

“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,” he continued.

“We had our team talk at training and players are more determined than ever. We have beaten them once before, so this is a chance to do it again. Our boys are ready, we made them aware of what to expect. 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.

The gaffer also maintains that the misfiring in front of goals was just bad luck for the team. “My players are working hard and showing commitment, all we need is that bit of luck to score.”

The match will be played on an artificial turf, something which the Black Panthers are not accustomed to, but Ramon is quite confident his players can deliver and play their brand of football on a different type of pitch.

“It’s a bit difficult getting used to the fast pace of it, how the ball skids off the surface is obviously different from playing on natural grass but we have to adapt to different circumstances,” explained Ramon.

On the playing front, Ramon is happy to welcome back Shafiul Rahman. The wing back returns from suspension and would give the side more stability at the back.

Mohammedan Lose Lead And Match Against Chennaiyin

CHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC Reserves completed a comeback to beat Mohammedan Sporting Club despite a good effort in the first-half by the Black Panthers, in their Group B clash of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League at the SSN College Ground in Mahabalipuram, Chennai on Monday.

A stoppage time brace by Senthamizhi S (90+3′ & 90+5′) and Balkar Singh (65′) secured full three points for Chennaiyin after Mohammedan had taken the lead through Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (19′).

Going into the match Mohammedan technical director Dipendu Biswas made two changes to side by handing starts to Sourav Das and Firoj Ali at the expenses of an suspended Shafiul Rahman and Sanjib Ghosh.

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

Nonetheless, Mohammedan started to find their place in the match looking like the more organised, more dominant side as they enjoyed an majority of possession.

And it was no surprise when the Black Panthers took the lead in the 19th minute though Vanlalbiaa after John Chidi played a square pass across to the Mizo winger and he reacted to Chennaiyin goalkeeper Tamal Naskar sprinting out to him by chipping the ball over his head and into the net in typically calm fashion.

From the goal onwards, Mohammedan dominated the proceedings, but poor decision-making let them down in the final third which saw the Black Panthers went into the breather with only a solitary goal lead.

Following the pause for half-time Chennaiyin came straight out of the blocks controlling the ball, winning set pieces and keeping Mohammedan pinned into their own back third.

The constant attacking by Santosh Kashyap’s men eventually wore down the Mohammedan defence to the point where a heavy touch allowed Balkar to steal possession and slot the ball past Mohammedan custodian Priyant Singh to restore the parity for the locals in the 65th minute.

That goal was what Chennaiyin needed as it gave them confidence against a side which had been running rings around them. With a couple of personnel changes, the locals started looking more and more competitive forcing Priyant and his back-line to work a little harder than they’d needed to in the first period.

Although Mohammedan had most of the possession as the game wore on, failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line as Chennaiyin intelligently and stubbornly defended their area.

And with the visitors pressing forward, their could always be the chance the other way, materialising when Senthamizhi sored two goals in just two minutes to ensure full three points for Chennaiyin in stoppage time.

Despite successive defeats the Black Panthers still leading the log in Group B with 9 points from 5 matches and will travel to Bengaluru tomorrow to face Bengaluru FC Reserves on Thursday.

MSC XI: Priyant Singh, Sourav Das, Prosenjit Paul, Vikas Saini, Hira Mondal, Tirthankar Sarkar (Satyam Sharma – 87′), Musa Mudde, Firoj Ali, Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Jiten Murmu, John Chidi

Mohammedan Aim To Bounce Back After Shock Defeat

CHENNAI: Mohammedan Sporting Club will hope that the loss against Hyderabad FC Reserves is water under the bridge when facing Chennaiyin FC Reserves in their Group B clash of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League at the SSN College Ground in Mahabalipuram, Chennai, kick-off 3:30 PM.

The Black Panthers saw their winning streak cut short to three games when they were beaten 2-1 by Hyderabad last week.

Despite his disappointment with the result, Mohammedan SC technical director Dipendu Biswas is optimistic that his side will get their rhythm back that saw them winning their first three matches with ease.

“The scoreline was not a true reflection of the game. The difference was that our opponents took their chances and we didn’t,” he said.

It’s a match where Biswas 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.” Biswas 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.”

The Black Panthers illustrated a team on a mission as Biswas took his charges through their pre-match training session. The spirit in the team signaled much intent and purpose ahead of a tough battle that’s anticipated against Chennaiyin.

“We are facing another tough encounter,” admitted Biswas. “This time of the season is unpredictable. Everyone is looking to collect points and this match won’t be an exception. But we are prepared and ready to do the battle.”

On the team news front, Black Panthers will be missing right-back Shafiul Rahman who was shown a straight red card against Hyderabad and Sourav Das is likely to replace him in the starting lineup.

With the weather forecast suggesting that it will be around 36°C when the Black Panthers kickoff against Chennaiyin, Biswas insists that they’ve made plans to adapt in the blistering heat of the Tamil Nadu capital.

“If it’s very hot, we have to think about the game-plan. To start with, we have to manage hydration and nutrition before the game. We have been speaking a lot about that. We have been training at match time now for the last few days to get accustomed to the conditions,” explained Biswas.

The Black Panthers have beaten Chennaiyin 4-0 in the corresponding fixture at Kalyani Stadium last month.

10-Men Mohammedan Go Down Fighting Against Hyderabad Reserves

HYDERABAD: Mohammedan Sporting Club, despite playing with 10-men, put on a valiant effort but end of the day it was not enough as Hyderbad FC Reserves walked out victorious 2-1 in their Hero 2nd Division League encounter on Wednesday at the GMC Balayogi Athletics Stadium in Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

After a scoreless first-half, substitute Abhishek Halder (50′) put Hyderbad ahead before Tirthankar Sarkar (71′) equalised for Mohammedan SC. Nonetheless, Kynsailang Khongsit (89′) late strike handed Hyderabad full three points.

Mohammedan SC looked sharp from the outset pressing high and controlling possession with their quick and accurate passing game inside Hyderabad’s half.

Vanlalbiaa Chhangte was particularly impressive both on the wing and inside the box as the Panthers have set up camp in front of their opponents’ goal reducing Hyderabad’s options to a few counter attacking attempts.

Albeit displaying plenty of technical ability with eye-catching combination plays the Mohammedan SC strikers were guilty of straying offside on several occasions.

Hyderbad looked to catch Mohammedan SC on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they wasted a number of good opportunities to break the deadlock.

While Hyderabad laboured in search of their feet, Mohammedan SC 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 Mohammedan SC in the first-half, which fully deserved at least one goal. Half-time, however, arrived with the score remaining goalless.

Following a scoreless opening half which failed to produce a clear goal-scoring opportunity, the hosts showed far more urgency and took the lead in the 50th minute when Abhishek made a smart run in behind the Mohammedan SC back four to slot past a helpless Priyant Singh from close range.

While the goal buoyed Hyderabad to continue pushing high into the Mohammedan SC final third, the early wake-up knocked their opponents into action as Mohammedan SC restored the parity in the 71st minute when Tirthankar Sarkar curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner of Vishal’s net.

The equalizer signalled a lift in intensity from the Black Panthers, who made several decent attacks with Chhangte, Chidi and Sanjib testing Vishal, however, things took a unexpected turn for the Black Panthers when Shafiul Rahman got a straight red in the 73rd minute after he fouled Jacob Vanlalhimpuia from behind.

Thereafter, Hyderabad used their numerical advantage to launch relentless attack and the number of shots they had increased however Priyant covered his area well to keep some stunning strikes at bay.

However despite his best efforts Priyant could not hold Hyderabad’s advances off forever as Khongsit head home from close range with only one minute on the clock.

To their credit Mohammedan SC fought till the end and hit the crossbar before forcing a last-ditch goal-line clearance in added time, but the hosts survived to grab 3 points to the delight of their coach.

Despite the loss the Black Panthers still leading the Group B log with 9 points from 4 matches and will travel to Chennai to face Chennaiyin FC Reserves next on March 2, 2020.

Panthers Aim To Conquer The City Of Nizams

HYDERABAD: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to record their fourth straight win in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League when they face Hyderabad FC Reserves at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Gachibowli, Hyderbad on Wednesday, kick-off 3:30 pm.

The Black Panthers landed in the City of Nizams faced with a challenge of keeping up the momentum in the league. Leading the Group B log with a convincing run of three wins in a row coming to this fixture against Hyderabad FC Reserves.

“Winning is always great and it is understandable that it gives the players a different confidence. But we don’t want our players to be relaxed and our aim is to keep improving with every single game,” said Mohammedan SC technical director Dipendu Biswas.  

“We are not getting ahead of ourselves. I am taking each game as it comes. We need to keep concentrated and focused on the task at hand, and make sure that we play the next game in the best way possible,” he added.

The Black Panthers are enjoying a good run in all competitions, with six matches won in a row. “I don’t look at that,”Biswas refuses to be drawn into the record books, “our focus is on the now and the preparation for the match against Hyderabad.”

“We are here to do business,” comments Biswas about tomorrow’s encounter. “We don’t check too much on what other teams are doing, we are solely focused on our own game plan. We are looking forward to a good encounter, Hyderabad won’t allow us a walk in the park in their own backyard.”

“The facilities are fine and are conducive to play our game of football,” commented Biswas, while also taking into consideration the hotel and related logistics.

“Things are good in training. We are rectifying shortcomings and the players are responding well to our tactical philosophy. Usually you find players looking tense before an important game, but I am happy to see that they all look at ease and in good spirit. Hopefully, we can put on another good performance,” he concluded.

Black Panthers Embark On A Tough South India Tour

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will travel to South India to play three successive away games in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League.

The Black Panthers will face Hyderabad FC Reserves on February 26 at Gachibowli Stadium before taking on Chennaiyin FC Reserves at SSN College Ground on March 2 and Bengaluru FC Reserves on March 5 at Bangalore Football Stadium. The Black Panthers will leave for Hyderabad tonight.

Mohammedan SC are currently leading the log table in Group B with 9 points after three wins in as many games.

Winning matches outside Kolkata has been an ‘Achilles Heel’ for the Black Panthers during the previous two editions of 2nd Division League as Mohammedan SC won just 1 out of 8 matches they played outside Kolkata since 2017/18 season.

However, technical director Dipendu Biswas made it clear that they have the team that can do well in any part of the country.

“We are looking forward to this period of playing away from home. We look to play our normal game and it does not matter whether we are in Kolkata or anywhere else,” he said.

Defender Balwinder Singh will be missing the tour due to his father falling ill. The Black Panthers replaced him with Arjijit Singh with technical director sending Balwinder’s family his best wishes.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Balwinder and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.” said Biswas.

Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Travelling Squad:

Goalkeepers: Priyant Singh, Subham Roy

Defenders: Prosenjit Paul, Vikash Saini, Arijit Singh, Hira Mondal, Shafiul Rahman, Sourav Das.

Midfielders: Musa Mudde, Tirthankar Sarkar, Firoj Ali, Satyam Sharma, Sanjib Ghosh, Vanlalbiaa Chhhangte, Sujay Dutta

Forwards: John Chidi, Jiten Mumru, Jaskaranpreet Singh

Mohammedan Run Riot Against Chennaiyin Reserves

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club ran riot with four unanswered goals against Chennaiyin FC Reserves in their Group B fixture of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League on Thursday.

Goals from Sanjib Ghosh (45′), John Chidi (59′), Balwinder Singh (67′) and Jaskaranpreet Singh (86′) helped Black Panthers to log yet another convincing win at Kalyani Stadium.

Going into the match Mohammedan Sporting technical director Dipendu Biswas made two changes to the side by handing starts to Hira Mondal and Jiten Mumru at the expense of Sujit Sadhu and Firoj Ali.

Mohammedan SC looked a lot more comfortable in the first-half, adopting a passing game that often had the visitors giving chase rather than being able to control the game themselves.

There were a slew of chances for the Black Panthers but they were thwarted each time either by the penalty area management from Joel Aju, or their own difficulties finding the target.

Chennaiyin, on the other hand, started the match with the deep defensive block, so deep at times that the full 11 members of the squad were sitting deep in their own half.

It’s an approach which Dipendu Biswas’ charges found incredibly frustrating as they dominated possession but struggled to find any gaps to exploit.

The break eventually came for the Black Panthers in the very last minute of the first-half when Sanjib latched onto a long ball over the back-line and fired it past an approaching Joel to give his side the lead going into the breather.

Chennaiyin came out of the sheds much stronger than they’d appeared in the first-half, playing some decent football and stringing together some good passages of play, however they were repeatedly denied by their hosts, and forced to deal with a wave of rapid counter attacks.

The constant attacking by the Black Panthers eventually wore down the Chennaiyin defence to the point where a heavy touch allowed Chidi to steal possession and slot the ball past Joel to give the home side a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute.

A double change for Chennaiyin midway through the second-half injected some fresh legs into the mix, however even that wasn’t enough to stem the attacks from Mohammedan SC who continued to out-pace their rivals across the park before Balwinder headed home from a Tirthankar Sarkar corner to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to dominate proceedings creating multiple chances for Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Tirthankar up front.

Vanlalbiaa should have made it 4-0 in the 82nd minute when a perfect cross was supplied to him across the face of goal by Hira, but the Mizo winger failed to tap it in from close range.

Four minutes later Jaskaranpreet put the final nail in the coffin when he managed to lose his marker before sending a powerful shot into the top right corner.

An elated Dipendu Biswas gave all credit to his players for a very important win. “It’s a nice win for us. Credit to the boys they have done well as they followed what we told them to do,” the former India international said.

With this victory, the Black Panthers remained on top of Group B with 9 points from 3 matches and will face Hyderabad FC Reserves next at Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on February 26.

Mohammedan SC XI: Priyant Singh (GK), Shafiul Rahman, Prosenjit Paul, Balwinder Singh, Hira Mondal, Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Musa Mudde, Satyam Sharma, Sanjib Ghosh (Sujoy Dutta), Jiten Murmu (Tirthankar Sarkar), John Chidi (Jaskaranpreet Singh).

We Want To Keep Adding To Our Performances, Says Dipendu Biswas

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to continue their momentum in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League when they host Chennaiyin FC Reserves in their third Group B fixture at Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.

The match is slated for a 2:30 PM kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on Kolkata TV with online streaming available on Kolkata TV’s YouTube channel.

The Black Panthers are leading the Group B standings with 6 points from two matches, and technical director Dipendu Biswas is keen for his players to build on their previous two outings.

“We just want to keep adding to our performances. We have said after game one that we want to get better, and after game two we want to get better for game three,” he said.

Despite his side’s recent success, Biswas insists his side cannot afford to be complacent.

“We are pretty happy with the work we have done so far but we take nothing for granted. Every team in our group is strong. We will have to work really hard to overcome them. We are focussed and have a strong mentality. We hope to get another good result another win,” he said.

The former India striker admits he has limited knowledge of their opponents, but he is confident his side will be able to deal with any challenge thrown at them.

“I don’t know much about Chennaiyin, and it’s not easy to come up with a strategy when you are not sure about their style and the type of football they play, so it will be a challenge. But it’s a challenge we are looking forward to. It’s important we start strong and we score goals,” said Biswas.

Leading up to the match the team morale is high and the players can’t wait to face their next challenge according to the technical director.

“The mood is really good, really nice environment, players are really positive, we have everyone available to us, so we are just really looking forward to playing Chennaiyin,” Biswas informed.

According to Biswas there is a healthy competition for places within the Mohammedan squad and every player is desperate to impress the coaching team.

Ramon Hails Teamwork After Bengaluru Win

HOWRAH: “It was great work of attitude and chemistry that saw us through,” reflects Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Saheed Ramon after the Hero 2nd Division League game against Bengaluru FC Reserves. “We anticipated a tough game and credit to the entire team. They really worked hard for this win.”

The encounter finished 1-0 in favour of the Black Panthers with Man of the Match Jiten Mumru finding the back of the net in the second-half.

“The match was tough. Credit goes to Bengaluru. They really gave us a run for our money. It’s not always about how you play; it is about getting the points in the bag,” Ramon added.

“We created some chances that could have buried the game earlier in the first-half. There were moments of transition during the game that we could have exploited. Moving the ball quickly from the back could have resulted in more opportunities. When you have collected three points it makes it easy to go back and fix the mistakes,” the Nigerian mentor explained.

“I want to repeat and emphasise that I don’t look at the log that much. I am not really interested in the log positions. We focus on the game and try to find the right balance always. I have maintained that we will stay grounded and humble about the situation. We will not be carried away and we will continue working hard to get better.”

Ramon was also pleased with the fact that they were able to keep a clean-sheet in second successive match.