KOLAKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club remained unbeaten in Calcutta Premier Division “A” after playing out a 1-1 draw with Calcutta Customs on Monday at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.
Despite being on the back-foot for most of the match, Customs opened the scoring in the first-half through Rajon Barman, but Mohammedan SC found the equaliser in the second-half through Mohammed Amirul.
The result means that Mohammedan SC now have 7 points from 5 match, being in fifth spot on the Calcutta Premier Division log.
Mohammedan SC were by far the better side, got an abundance of good goalscoring chances, but lady luck was not on their side. They will surely be kicking themselves for not burying numerous goal-scoring opportunities they created, especially in the later stages of the encounter.
But in the end, the result was perhaps a fair reflection of the action on show. Both teams had periods of dominance and both had numerous scoring opportunities.
Mohammedan SC had a few promising moments early on, but were kept in check by Customs’ defence of Emmanuel Chigozie and Sourav Das Gupta. It was at the other end, however, where the opening goal arrived and it was Rajon who scored from Philip Adjah’s pass to give Customs the lead in the 25th minute.
The setback galvanised Mohammedan SC into action and they poured forward in search of an equaliser. The Customs defence, while under pressure at this stage, held firm and ensured that they retained the advantage.
Customs were also clever throughout, using delaying tactics such as players going down for cramps to ensure the match was of a stop-start nature and prevent Mohammedan SC from finding their rhythm on attack.
Mohammedan SC came out of the sheds fired up to bring themselves back into contention, controlling the ball, winning set pieces and keeping Customs pinned into their own back third.
Albeit displaying plenty of technical ability with eye-catching combination plays the Mohammedan SC strikers were guilty of straying offside on several occasion and it looked as if the match will end in frustration for the Black Panthers.
But there was a late twist with Mohammedan SC’s persistence finally paying off in the 76th minute thanks to Amirul’s superb header from Musa Mudde’s cross which levelled the scores.
Having scored, Mohammedan SC showed more endeavour in attack and it took everything Customs had left in their tank to deny the late onslaught from The Black Panthers. Goalkeeper Sanjay Bhattacharya also made a number of telling saves to salvage a point for his side.
Mohammedan SC had an abundance of chances to score, while Customs basically got three opportunities. It shows again that not always the best team wins, as the Black Panthers fully deserved the three points after a fine performance being the better team through the 90 minutes of play.