KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club moved to the summit of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ standings after recording a 2-0 victory over Peerless SC at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Monday.
Kareem Omolaja (60′) and Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (69′) were target for the Black Panthers after Jiten Murmu missed a penalty for Peerless.
Mohammedan didn’t get off the mark quite as quickly as they might have hoped with Peerless proving strong tactically, setting up a deep block with pace up front for the counter attack.
Peerless’ plan of attack was fairly straight-forward with a solid back-line, some man-marking of the particularly problematic opponents and an aim to try and use the speed of Jiten to try and penetrate into the final third.
It’s a plan of attack which seemed to work reasonably well as Peerless made several decent attacks, however the Black Panthers were by far the more dominant side across the course of the first-half with poor finishing proving their weakness.
It wasn’t until the second-half that Peerless’ defences really started to breakdown as Mohammedan showed far more attacking intent with a much-improved performance.
Nonetheless, the lack of finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from Peerless meant Mohammedan could not find a goal as reward for their early dominance.
Despite the momentum turning in Mohammedan’s favour, Peerless had a golden chance to surge ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after Kareem tripped Anthony Wolfe inside the box, however, Jiten failed to convert from spot to the relief of home fans.
Mohammedan, on the other hand, kept dominating both territorial and ball possession, showing glimpses of their attacking prowess. Saheed Ramon’s troops poured forward with Vanlalbiaa and John Chidi testing goalkeeper James Kithan, but to their credit Peerless remained resolute in defence to keep their rivals at bay.
The pressure, however, took it’s toil as Kareem, making amends, put Mohammedan ahead at the hour mark with a blistering finish from outside the box.
With Mohammedan taking the lead, Peerless had to throw caution to the wind as they launched a wave of attacks on the Mohammedan defence, however, by pushing forward Peerless left themselves exposed and vulnerable at the back and Mohammedan took full advantage when they doubled their advantage in the 69th minute through Vanlalbiaa, who picked out Tirthankar Sarkar’s pass to produce a fine strike into the bottom-right corner.
Despite their two goal cushion the Mohammedan kept pushing forward in the hopes of adding a few more to the tally but in the end two was all they needed to move at the top of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log with 19 points from 10 matches.