Sovan on target as Young Panthers beat Daring Dinajpur South

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club registered their first win of the inaugural Zee Bangala Football League (Under-19) beating Daring Dinajpur South 1-0 at Mohun Bagan Ground on Saturday.

Winger Sovan Sen scored the all important goal in the 53rd minute.

Mohammedan were the first to launch attacks, with Ranajay Paul’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during the early stages.

Suraj Rajbanshi had the first shot of the game in the 5th minute but it sailed over the bar, and that was followed by Dinajpur’s first threatening attack which saw Ujjwal Saren try to play a through ball to the on-running Nirod Murmu, but he 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.

Although Mohammedan dominated possession in the first-half, were unable to really stretch the Dinajpur’s defence and create scoring chances from open play.

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

In the 39th minute, a cross by Uttam Mitra was well matched by Sanjib Ghosh’s header from centre of penalty area but a comfortable save by Dinajpur custodian Sujay Besra to keep the sides locked at 0-0.

Striker Surajuddin Munshi came on in the second-half and sprinkled more life into Mohammedan’s game as his speed and skill down the left flank meant more trouble for the Dinajpur defence.

In the 53rd minute the goal finally came; Sovan showed all of his  brilliance to beat a clutch of defenders before slotting past Sujay.

After the goal, Sundowns looked revived as they threw waves of attack at the home side, with Sovan and Surajuddin proving to be serious trouble down the flanks.

Sujay produced two excellent saves to keep the score down to 1-0 in the dying minutes, keeping out goal-bound efforts from Uttam and Sovan as Mohammedan searched for a killer second goal.

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