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Young Panthers cruise past rainbow to stay at the summit

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club consolidated their position at the top of the Hero Junior League Kolkata Zonal Round Group B log by beating NBP Rainbow Athletic Club 3-1 at Gayeshpur Ground on Wednesday.

Sujay Buduk (20′), Srimanta Kisku (57′) and William Lalgoulien (79′) were on target for the Young Panthers before Rainbow pulled a goal back though Jit Das (90+3′).

The Young Panthers could have had their biggest win of the campaign had they not opted to slow the pace and take their foot off the pedal in the second-half.

Mohammedan came close to opening the scoring in the fourth minute when Mithunendu Mondal met a Irfan Mondal corner-kick, but his six-yard header struck the side netting.

The Young Panthers continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 20th minute.

A swift counter-attack saw Sujay through on goal and he proceeded to superbly chip the onrushing Sourav Mallick to give his side the lead.

Rainbow tried to find their way back into the match and came close in the 27th minute when a thunderous 35-yard shot from Sayan Saha rattled the crossbar.

A minute later the play was at the other end of the park as William drove a low cross into the box which was also turned onto the woodwork from six-yards out by Aftab Ali.

In the 34th minute the frame of the goal was struck for the third time when Srimanta controlled the ball on his chest before firing his 16-yard volley against the crossbar.

The action continued to flow from end to end in what was an exciting first-half, but neither side could find another goal before half-time.

The start of the second-half saw Rainbow dominate all the possession, but they struggled to break down a resolute Mohammedan defence.

Instead, the goal came at the other end, against the run of play, as Srimanta broke the off-side trap and then slotted  past Sourav from close range.

Mohammedan never really looked troubled by Rainbow’s efforts on attack and they were to get a further insurance goal in the 79th minute as William produced a clinical finish from just inside the box.

Nonetheless, Rainbow did manage to score a consolation goal in the final minute of stoppage time through substitute Jit Das.

Mohammedan who now have 12 points from 5 matches will face ATK next on April 20, 2019 at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

Young Panthers edge United SC in five-goal thriller

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club returned to the winning ways in 2018/19 Hero Junior League after beating United Sports Club 3-2 in a highly-entertaining clash at the Kalyani Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The performance was a perfect response by the Young Panthers, who have come under scrutiny after losing against ATK earlier this week.

William Lalgoulien (19′), Sujay Buduk (49′) and Aftab Ali (72′) were on target for the Young Panthers, while Surajit Ghosh (31′) and Akash Das (55′) scored for United SC.

Looking to stamp their authority on proceedings, the Young Panthers had the United SC defence under all kinds of pressure early on and they could have scored twice in the opening ten minutes, were it not for a lack of composure in front of goal by Mithunendu Mondal and some excellent goalkeeping from Abhijit Saren.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan’s blistering start was to pay dividends in the 19th minute when Arghya Sarkar’s excellent long pass sent William through on goal and he scored to give his side the lead.

United SC, though, grafted their way back around the half hour mark through Surajit. The striker turned inside the box to slot past Mohammedan goalkeeper Afroz Ahmed in the 31st minute.

From the goal onwards, United SC dominated the proceedings and could have taken the lead in the 35th minute when Subhajit Mandi had a good opportunity to put the hosts into the lead following some great work by Ismail Mondal, but the former’s effort was brilliantly saved by Afroz.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan also gave a good account of themselves in the later stages of the half but United SC made sure they kept things tight and compact as the both teams went into the break locked at 1-1.

The Young Panthers came back rejuvenated following their half-time team talk with coach Murari Kar and they took the lead in the 49th minute after some quality short passing on the right hand side of the park, saw the ball eventually threaded to Sujay who fired the ball with his right foot into the back of the goal.

However, the hosts kept pressing and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 55th minute, when from a free-kick on the left, Akash Das’ glancing header found the perfect angle at the left hand post, to beat Afroz.

Nonetheless, the parity was only restored only till the 72nd minute as the visitors piled pressure on the hosts and Aftab made it 3-2 to Mohammedan with a powerful first-time shot.

United SC, meanwhile, kept on pushing for an unlikely equaliser, but with Mohammedan SC content to sit back and defend, it was always going to be a tough ask, though substitute Bishal Mondal did come close in the dying minutes, only for Afroz to block at his feet.

Mohammedan, who now have 9 points from 4 matches, will face NBP Rainbow AC on April 17, 2019 at Gayeshpur Stadium.

Mohammedan suffer first defeat in Hero Junior League

BARASAT: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered their first defeat of the 2018-19 Hero Junior League (U-15) when they succumbed 2-0 to ATK on Monday morning.

ATK claimed the victory thanks to goals from Anurup Limbu (3′) and Rakibul Islam (90+5′) at the Aditya School of Sports Ground in Barasat.

Mohammedan SC started the match on the front foot and had a few promising moments early on, but were kept in check by ATK’s defence of Rohan Orao and Paresh Hansda.

It was at the other end, however, where the opening goal arrived and it was Anurup who scored to give ATK the lead in the 3rd minute.

ATK’s lead, overall, seemed a deserved, though, for the manner in which their pace at times embarrassed Mohammedan SC defence, such as in the 13th minute where, with Mohammedan SC defenders scattered on the ground, Manav Mullick’s shot thundered off the upright.

Mohammedan SC though created many chances but failed to equalize, as they failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be keener on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line as the ATK defence held firm and ensured that they retained the advantage going into the break.

In the second-half, the sides came out of the changing rooms with different tactics. Mohammedan SC were the first to surge forward, with the blistering pace of William Lalgoulien, but ATK’s defence were up to the standard and managed to clear.

Mohammedan SC had most of the possession as the game wore on. But ATK intelligently and stubbornly defended their lead.

And with the visitors pressing forward, their could always be the chance the other way, materialising when Achinta Das’ pass picked out Rakibul to produce a fine strike into the top-right corner to seal the full three points for ATK.

Mohammedan SC, who have 6 points from 3 matches, will face United Sports Club next on April 11, 2019 at Kalyani Stadium.

Young Panthers make it two wins in a row in Hero Junior League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club registered a second successive win in the 2018/19 Hero Junior League (U-15) with a 3-1 victory over Keshab-Uma Charitable Trust Football Academy (KUCTFA) on Friday morning.

Mithunendu Mondal (40′),  Aftab Ali (49′) and Sujay Buduk (73′) were on target for the Young Panthers at Mohammedan Sporting Ground, before Nur Hosen (86′) pulled a goal back for KUCTFA.

The Young Panthers were dominating possession in the first ten minutes of the encounter but mostly in their own half as they were trying to build combinations.  

William Lalgoulien should have opened the scoring with Mohammedan’s first clear opening in the 21st minute, as he placed his effort wide of the goal from six-yards out.

Sujay then tried his luck with a free-kick from 25-yards out but the striker’s curling effort was palmed away for a corner by the rival custodian Dip Maity.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan continued to push forward and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 40th minute when Mithunendu, who came as a substitute in the 34th minute, scored with a cracking strike at the far post following well floated square pass from Sany Mondal.

Meanwhile, KUCTFA had a late surge towards the end of the half looking for the equaliser, but the Mohammedan defence did not crack as they took a solitary goal lead into half-time.

Mohammedan started the second-half like a house on fire, and it was evident from the very beginning that the Young Panthers were going to collect full points as KUCTFA players were outclassed in all departments.

The Young Panthers duly doubled their lead in the 49th minute when KUCTA defence gave the ball away carelessly and Aftab burst through into the area on the left hand side and deposited the ball past the helpless Dip for a 2-0 lead.

KUCTFA, on the other hand, looked to push for a goal to get back in to the game, but were unable to launch dangerous attacks other than aimless long balls into the Mohammedan penalty area.

As the match wore on, Mohammedan started to show some signs of fatigue, however, that did not stopped them from adding a third in the 73rd minute when Sujay slotted from inside the box after being played through on goal by Bijoy Roy.

KUCTFA, however, did not go down without a fight as they pulled a goal back in the 86th minute after Nur Hosen scored following an error at the back.

The Young Panthers who now have six points from two matches will face ATK next on Monday at Aditya School of Sports Ground.

Arthur Kouassi pens Mohammedan contract extension

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce that striker Desmos Arthur Kouassi has extended his contract with the club on Saturday (March 30, 2019). His current contract was due to expire on May 31, 2019.

The Ivorian has put pen to paper to commit till the forthcoming 2019/20 Calcutta Football League.  The deal was concluded after a brief meeting between the player and Mohammedan Sporting Hony. General Secretary Jb. Mohammad Qamaruddin.

“I am very happy to be extending my contract with the club. We are building a strong team and I am excited to be part of the future of Mohammedan Sporting Club. I have a lot more to offer and I will make sure I contribute to the cause,” the Ivorian said after extending the deal.

The 30-year-old, who joined Mohammedan Sporting in February, has featured in six Hero 2nd Division League games and contributed five goals and two assists.

East Bengal shootout Mohammedan to crown GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup champions

KALIMPONG: East Bengal clinched the title in the 2018 GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup beating Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday at Mela Ground in Kalimpong.

Defeat was perhaps a little harsh on Mohammedan SC, who had the better of the chances in the scoreless 120 minutes that preceded the shootout.

The first-half was an evenly matched contest with the teams were watchful not to press too many men forward and as a result there were not many chances to pounce upon.

However, as the game progressed Mohammedan SC gradually gained control and created game’s first scoring opportunity when Philip Adjah controlled a ball outside the box only to fire his volley wide in the 16th minute.

East Bengal, on the other hand, did show some excellent moves in patches but find it difficult to penetrate into the rival box thanks to some brilliant defending by Prosenjit Pal.

After pushing up for a long time, Mohammedan SC created the best chance of the first-half in the 34th minute. Prosenjit Chakraborty cut in from the right and with an intelligent ball sent Pankaj Moula clear on the left. Pankaj controlled the ball and tried to volley over the keeper but he was denied by a brilliant save from the rival custodian Mirshad K.

Thereafter, both sides battled hard in the midfield, but with the game turning physical there weren’t many chances as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

The second-half was played at much higher intensity than the first and both sides had some close chances with Mohammedan SC going extremely close twice in the opening fifteen minutes but was denied by poor finishing.

The Black Panthers had their chances through Adjah and Seiboi Haokip, while East Bengal went close through Lalchhanhima and Jhantu Prasad but neither could get the breakthrough.

A last minute effort from substitute Firoz Ali was denied by Mirshad and proved the final action of regulation time as the match headed into extra time. The teams could not be separated after extra-time forcing the contest to be decided on penalties where East Bengal proved to be better shooters and prevailed 3-1.

Raghu Nandy refutes Mohammedan SC’s favourites tag ahead of GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup final


KALIMPONG: 
Mohammedan Sporting Club will face East Bengal in the final of 2018 GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup on Sunday December 23, 2018 at Mela Ground in Kalimpong, kick-off 2 PM.

While Black Panthers eased past Oil India Dhulijan 2-0 to book their place in the finale, East Bengal were pushed to their limits by Kalighat Milan Sangha in other semi-final and secured their spot in the final after surviving a penalty shootout with goalkeeper Mirshad K proving their hero in the shootout.

For many a fan, Mohammedan SC is the favourite to win the ultimate at the knockout competition given East Bengal squad is mostly comprised of Under-18 players with a few senior players like Surabuddin Mallick, Koushik Sarkar, Hira Mondal and Mirshad.

However, Mohammedan SC coach Raghunath Nandy is not willing give ear to that assertion and insisted that East Bengal have an equal chance of being crowned champions.

“We are not favourites,” said Nandy. “The set up for both teams is almost similar. Both teams have the equal chance of winning the competition.”

“They are very youthful and exciting; very quick coming out. They have a very experienced coach on the bench and those are the challenges we have to face. We would love to win it, but it doesn’t only come through wishes, we have to work hard for it,” he added.

Skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh has already netted four goals in the competition and the team would be surely looking at him for inspiration, but Adjah insists the occasion will not be personal as he looks to help the team further their preparations ahead of what is setting up to be an grueling Hero 2nd Division League season.

“It’s a big game, and it’s not about me but about the club, supporters and everyone behind the team,” said Adjah.

“We want to do our best, we want to see how far we can go in preparing for the 2nd Division League, and yeah it’s a big test for us but we’re looking forward to it. The team is looking sharp, and everyone is just one happy family,” he added.

Mohammedan SC sink Oil India to set up East Bengal final

KALIMPONG: It was not the prettiest of performances from an Mohammedan Sporting Club team that will start their Hero 2nd Division League campaign in less than three weeks, but they’ll be happy about progressing to the finals of the 2018 GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup final after beating Oil India by 2-0 at Mela Ground in Kalimpong on Friday.

This was the third meeting between these two teams in past two months and with both teams knowledgeable about the other, they played the better part of the first stanza with caution. Play was interchanged in the middle of the park, and both teams had the same strategy of playing in transition instead of delivering crosses in the boxes.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC were the first to launch attacks, as Snehasish Dutta’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during the early stages.

Mohammedan SC’s momentum was interrupted occasionally when Oil India managed to take play up into the opposition half on the break, the first of which came in the seventh when Tulya Das try to play a through ball to the on-running Jayanta Basumatary, but the latter arrived late.

As the clock wound down in the first-half, most of the play had taken place at the heart of the field and the goalkeepers had less to do, only called into action when taking goal kicks.

However, a moment of sheer brilliance by Philip Adjah and a clinical finish by Pankaj Moula opened the scoring for Mohammedan SC in the 16th minute.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities it was lack of finishing that saw first-half ended 1-0.

Oil India started the second-half stronger, in the opening 10 minutes Oil India continued to impose themselves on the game without reward as Laltu Mondal, between the sticks, held out to good efforts.

The Black Panthers also got a few times close to getting the second goal and looked dangerous on the set-pieces, but the ball didn’t find the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Oil India really struggled to find their footing in the game as Mohammedan SC looked comfortable to sit back and hold onto the ball.

Mintu Boro was introduced by Oil India coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.) in the closing stages of the game as the Dhulijan-based side looked to snatch a late equalizer.

Despite the momentum turning in Oil India’s favour, Mohammedan SC fought back to add a second when Pjilip Adjah slotted home from close range after rounding Oil India goalkeeper Nihal Das in the 90th minute to put the result beyond questions.

In the stoppage time Mohammedan SC’s Rakesh Karmakar and Oil India’s Tulya Das were given marching order.

The final will be played on Sunday between Mohammedan SC and East Bengal at Darjeeling.

Mohmmedan SC Line-up: Laltu Mondal, Kamran Farooque, Prosenjit Pual, Seydou Mady, Snehasish Dutta, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Pankaj Moula, Rakesh Karmakar, Gatch Arthur Diomande, Philip Adjah Tetteh, Sumit Das.

Philip Adjah: We want to win every game

DARJEELING: Ghanaian front-man Philip Adjah Tetteh admits that there is an expected pressure that comes with playing for a big club like Mohammedan Sporting Club.

The 20-year-old was signed by the Black Panthers in August during 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign and has made a huge impact since, bagging 16 goals and assisting a further five from 16 appearances in all competitions.

Adjah, who joined Mohammedan SC from Ghana Division Two side Bafali Sporting Club, says he enjoys playing under pressure as it gives him an edge, while it helps to improve his game.

“Big clubs are demanding‚ we want to win every game. We are not here to sit and relax‚ we are here to win.” Adjah said.

“The minute I signed for Mohammedan SC I felt the pressure; there is so much expected of the club. But it’s sometimes nice to play with the pressure, because it means you don’t relax and it helps you to become a better player.”

“I don’t remember the last time we played without pressure. If you want to play without pressure, you have to sit at home and watch it on television. There is always pressure.” He added.

2nd Division League to begin in first week of January

NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation League Committee met at the AIFF Headquarters in New Delhi today (December 7, 2018). Subrata Datta, Senior Vice President chaired the meeting while Souter Vaz, B.K. Roka and Chirag Tanna, attended the meeting. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF and Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League were also present in the meeting.

The committee reviewed submissions made by the various HERO 2nd Division League applicants under the club licensing process. After several deliberations, the committee came to the decision to confirm the participation of only the following clubs for Hero 2nd Division League 2018-19:

CLUB

Ozone Football Club

South United FC

Fateh Hyderabad AFC

New Barrackpore Rainbow FC

Mohammedan Sporting Club

Chhinga Veng FC

Lonestar Kashmir

Hindustan Football Club

ARA FC

Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC has been granted time to complete club licensing process in the next 3 days, commencing tomorrow. The committee granted the extra time considering the recent issues with the Manipur League, which the club had no control upon and also acknowledged the fact that the club had participated in last season’s Hero 2nd Division League and qualified for the Final Round.

The committee also approved the participation of the following reserve teams of Indian Super League in Hero 2nd Division League 2018-19:- ATK, Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC.

As per the relevant regulations of the competition, reserve teams can only participate in the preliminary round of the tournament. The Hero 2nd Division League is scheduled to start from the first week of January 2018 and go on till mid-April.

It was also unanimously decided by the committee, that teams from Hero I-League and Hero Indian Super League and Hero 2nd Division League will have to undergo the AIFF Academy Accreditation process to be eligible to participate in the Hero Youth Leagues from the season 2019-20 onwards.

The Committee also unanimously decided on the new names for all the age group LEAGUE tournaments of AIFF. Under this change, “U-13 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Sub Junior League”, the “U-15 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Junior League” and “U-18 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Elite League”.

The Committee also decided to hold the Hero Super Cup between last week of March till mid of April 2019.