KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Bhawanipore Club 4-0 in Group B of Kolkata Zonal Qualifiers of the 2018/19 U-18 Youth League at Barasat Stadium on Saturday morning.
Vincent Kham Lun Lian Zou (30′), Surajuddin Munshi (44′), Samuel Haokip (62′) and Mainak Dey (90+4′) were on target for the Young Panthers. With this win Mohammedan SC maintained their top position in Group B with 7 points from 3 matches.
The first-half saw Mohammedan SC completely dominate proceedings with a number of attacks in the opening quarter. Bhawanipore, on the other hand, defended deep and had their custodian to thank after he denied Surajuddin and skipper Uttam Mitra on multiple occasions.
Having missed a host of chances till the half hour mark, Mohammedan SC finally broke the deadlock in the 30th minute. Uttam cut back to Vincent inside the box and the striker delayed his shot to avoid multiple slides before finally smashing home.
Having scored, Mohammedan SC increased their pressure and attacked the rival goal ferociously going close on a few occasions. Mohammedan SC’s pressure yielded another goal in the 44th minute when Surajuddin got on the score-sheet to give Mohammedan SC a two goal cushion going into the breather.
Mohammedan SC began the second-half brightly like they did the first, with a goal beckoning with every move and after 17 minutes of play, Samuel consolidated Mohammedan SC’s lead. Debraj Rakshit away from two defenders on the right flank, picked out Samuel to head past the rival custodian from close range.
Thereafter, Young Panthers continued to dominate the proceedings but had to wait till the last minute of stoppage time to get their fourth. Uttam with a brilliant run got past his marker and laid the ball for Samuel who set up Mainak to slot home.
The Yong Panthers, are now almost through to the Kolkata Zonal Round, will face Rainbow Athletic Club in their last fixture on October 8 at Kamalgazi Ground.