KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club’s disappointing start to the 2020/21 Hero I-League season continued on Sunday night when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Roundglass Punjab FC at Kalyani Municipal Stadium.
The result sees Mohammedan SC remain third on the table with six points, same as second placed TRAU FC and two behind leaders Churchill Brothers.
After a first half which did not create much in the way of direct goalmouth action, the second half saw both teams have a host of opportunities that could have won this Hero I-League match. Mohammedan SC ended in the ascendency but were unable to turn home the numerous chances that they had later on.
Mohammedan SC started the game at a high tempo, trying to put Punjab FC on the back foot from the beginning.
Sheikh Faiaz was enjoying himself and seemed refreshed creating constant danger to the Punjab defence. Tirthankar Sarkar was also playing well. The nimble footed midfielder controlled the game for his side with a lot of the action directed through him.
The Black Panthers created a number of great goal scoring opportunities, the best of which fell for Faiaz and Gourav Mukhi. Punjab custodian Kiran Limbu was kept busy and had to make numerous saves.
That’s not to say Punjab didn’t have their chances. There were several occasions when they broke past the backline and threatened 1v1 with Mohammedan SC custodian Subham Roy, however were failed to be as lethal as they needed to be in front of goal.
While Mohammedan SC laboured in search of their feet, Punjab established a comfortable rhythm whenever they found themselves in possession making it tough for their opponents to impose their game.
It was a positive and spirited performance of Punjab in the first-half, which fully deserved at least one goal. The two teams return to the locker room without any advantage.
Punjab continued to be the better side in the second-half, controlling the pace of the match with accurate passing at the back and probing attacks at the other end.
Albeit displaying plenty of technical ability with eye-catching combination plays the Punjab attackers were guilty of straying offside on several occasions.
Mohammedan SC looked to catch Punjab on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they wasted a number of good opportunities to break the deadlock.
As the clock started counting down in the second-half not even the introduction of Subhash Singh and Nikhil Kadam could not break down Punjab’s defences, while Punjab found it equally difficult to challenge their rivals.
Despite their strong finish to the game and laying siege to the Punjab goal in the latter stages of the game, Black Panthers were unfortunate not to have picked up all three points, having had numerous chances to have closed out the game. For Mohammedan SC though they will extend their unbeaten run to four games in the league as they now look forward to their next game on February 3 against Neroca FC.