KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club and Churchill Brothers played to a goalless draw in their 2020/21 Hero I-League encounter at Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Thursday.
It was a game with almost no clear chances at all, as both side suffered to threaten their opponent’s goals.
Both teams started the game a bit tentative, with no real opportunities for either side in the first 25 minutes of play, except for a shot at goal from Clayvin Zuniga in the 5th minute which was blocked by a Eze Kingsley. This slight chance came after some good work on the right flank from Bryce Miranda.
However, after 30 minutes the game opened up. First it was Churchill that got a fine opportunity in a counter-attacking move and, straight thereafter, Mohammedan SC got a chance via Suraj Rawat, however, the young attacker failed to connect properly with the ball.
Suraj’s ferocious shot at goal in the 40th minute also failed to find the back of the net, while, on the other side of the pitch, Subham Roy made a great save to take care that Churchill didn’t open the scoring before at first-half.
The first-half was a rather evenly balanced affair, although Churchill looked the more likely to find the back of the net. Zuniga looked dangerous whenever in possession of the ball, while Luka Majcen and Clencio Pinto made some excellent runs off the ball. Bazie Armand, meanwhile, was again fighting hard in his defensive midfield role.
The second-half started as a continuation of the first, with Mohammedan SC preferring to sit back and catch Churchill on the break.
Slowly, Churchill upped the tempo and the pressure on Mohammedan SC goal. Various good opportunities came the home side’s way, with the best coming for Zuniga and Majcen.
Especially the Honduran had a fine second-half, making excellent runs and being involved in some good combination play.
Churchill had most of the possession as the game wore on but were unable to find a way through Mohammedan SC’s resilient defense.
The frustration continued for Churchill, with Mohammedan SC’s impressive defensive organisation and discipline keeping the Red Machines at arm’s length, with the game ending goalless.