Category: 2nd Division League

MOHAMMEDAN SC HELD BY 10-MAN JAMSHEDPUR

JAMSHEDPUR: Mohammedan Sporting Club failed to capitalise on TRAU’s slip by playing to a 1-1 draw with a 10-man Jamshedpur FC reserves side on Saturday at Jamhsedpur, which ensured the Imphal-based side remained at the summit.

The Black Panthers started this match knowing that a win would take them on top of the table. The Kolkata giants were in that position thanks to TRAU’s 2-1 loss against Bengaluru FC resreves earlier in the day.

Even with that knowledge, Mohammedan SC weren’t aggressive enough against Jamshedpur, who played with 10-men for most of the game. Wael Ayan made a strong impression on his debut as the Syrian midfielder worked his socks off upfront, covering more ground than any other Mohammedan SC player as he also tracked back to help out defensively.

The match got off to a thrilling and flying start as both sides attacked each other relentlessly and created chances at both ends during the opening stages.

Jamshedpur took a early lead in the 4th minute through Prakash Naik who scored from close range. Prakash was complimented by some lazy defending by Mohammedan SC defenders especially Echezona Anichiye.

Nonetheless, the Black Panthers’ response came in the very next minute as striker Cho Lepcha scored a delightful goal to restore the parity for Mohammedan SC after getting the ball from midfield.

Having scored, Mohammedan SC continued to create chances but Jamshedpur defenders did not allow them any space inside the box and long range efforts were easily dealt by goalkepeer Harpreet Singh.

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur suffered a massive blow in the 42nd minute when midfield mainstay Mohammed Mobashir was given marching orders after the teenager harshly fouled Ayan to earn his second booking of the game.

However, Jamshedpur barely missed the midfielder for the remainder of the half as the visitors hardly threatened them, with Harpreet on holiday in goal as the first half ended 1-1.

Changing over, Mohammedan SC were clearly the better side in terms of possession and chances created, the Black Panthers will look back at the misfortune of having been denied by the woodwork twice in quick succession in the second half from the efforts of Tirthankar Sarkar and Ayan.

The first chance fell to Tirthankar but there was nothing he could do as his thunderous shot only managed the cross-bar with Harpreet beaten just after the hour mark.

A few minutes later, lady luck once again refused to smile on the Black Panthers as Ayan could only watch in disbelief when his close range shot ricocheted off the upright with Harpreet again beaten.

Jamshedpur had their few moments on the attack with the likes of Prakash and Baset Hansdah leading the way but they could not find the back of the net.

Mohammedan SC finished the match stronger, attacking with more intent – something they should have done from the onset, as their defence has consistently gave them good cover through out the second half.

The Black Panthers, who have 9 points from 6 matches, will face Chennayin FC rererves next on April 25, 2018 at Chennai.

DESPERATE BLACK PANTHERS TAKE AIM AT JAMSHEDPUR

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya is optimistic that his side can end their three match winless run when they take on Jamshedpur FC (Reserves) on Saturday (April 21, 2018) afternoon.

The two sides are scheduled to lock horns in a Hero 2nd Division League Preliminary Round Group C encounter at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur. Kick-Off at 4:00 PM.

Mohammedan SC won the reverse fixture when they triumphed 2-1 at Barasat Stadium last month thanks to goals from Debasish Pradhan and Jiten Mumru.

“We are currently going through a rough patch, but I strongly believe that soon we will be back at our best.” Coach Bhattacharya said.

The Black Panthers head into the game having drawn 1-1 with Langsning FC away in their previous game on last Friday, while Jamshedpur beat Chennaiyin FC 2-0 away on Sunday.

“We have been working hard to rectify our defensive errors and our finishing since resuming our training. We have to look back and check what areas we could have done better,” the gaffer stressed.

Coach Bhattacharya says he will not be hitting any panic buttons just yet despite his side’s dreadful run of form, however, continues to lament the missed chances and the nature in which they have been conceding goals.

“Having gone three matches without a win is becoming a concern for a team of Mohammedan SC’s caliber, but I am optimistic that it’s just a matter of time we return to winning ways,”  Coach Bhattacharya continued.

“We are looking forward to Jamshedpur clash, and there’s no doubt it’s going to be a tough game with both teams gunning for a victory,” he added.

Heading into the game, the Black Panthers will be without the services of Skipper Jiten Murmu and Ethiopian striker Fikru Lemessa. While Jiten is nursing stomach infection, Fikru is suspended after harshly receiving his second booking against Langsning.

Though Coach Bhattacharya has stated that the absence of two main strikers will be a major loss for his side, but will ensure that his chargers soldier on and do the business against Jamshedpur. Meanwhile, Syrian forward Wael Ayan is available for selection.

MOHAMMEDAN SC HELD BY STUBBORN LANGSNING

SHILLONG, 13 APRIL: Langsning FC held their own to earn a point against Mohammedan Sporting Club after a 1-1 draw in their Preliminary Round Group C fixture of the 2nd Division League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Friday.

It was Stephanson Pale’s goal that put Langnsing ahead in the 30th minute before Echezona Anyichie equalized for Mohammedan SC in the 54th minute.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made two changes to the side that played against Langsning on Monday, as Satyam Sharma and Cho Lephcha came at the expenses of Rahul Jaiswal and Jiten Mumru, who  got sick ahead of the clash.

In a game of equal exchanges, it was Mohammedan SC who went close first when Fikru Lemessa fired from range, but the Ethiopian’s powerful effort was somehow gathered by the rival custodian Surjay Pariyar in the 13th minute.

Ten minutes later, Langsning went close when Fullmoon Mukhim set free on a counter attack. However, Mohammedan SC custodian Subham Roy pulled off a brilliant save to keep the score goalless.

Having missed a host of chances till the half hour mark, Langsning finally broke the deadlock through Stephanson after some good team work.

The Black Panthers, however, rectified their errors at the back and pushed numbers in search of an equalizer, yet Fikru’s effort lacked power and was collected by Surjay in the 34th minute.

Thereafter, the visitors continued to enjoy themselves on the ball and a good combination between Dipendu Dowary and Cho Lepcha saw the latter’s shot shaved off the right corner in the 38th minute.

With five minutes to the interval, Fikru nearly caught the Langsning defense napping when his free header was saved by Surjay from close range.

On the stroke of halftime, Dowary broke free on the left flank into the box, yet he failed to beat Surjay as his effort sailed over the crossbar.

Biswajit Bhattacharya’s side came back and immediately attacked their hosts, but Cho Lepacha missed the target form a promising position in the box to hit the side of the net.

However, the hosts would finally make it 1-1 in the 54th minute when Nigerian defender Echezona Anyichie finished from a scramble on the box to beat Surjay from close range.

Mohammedan SC gained an upper hand after their goal, but the hosts nearly scored their second goal after an hour when Stephanson was denied by Subham from a powerful shot on the edge of the box.

Towards the closing stages, Tirthankar Sarkar looked like he was brought down by Langsning defdender Restom Khriam in the box, but referee waved play on despite penalty protests from Mohammedan SC.

In the end, the Shillong-based side bagged a vital point as they sit at the second spot with 9 points from 6 matches, while Mohammedan SC on third with 8 points from 5 matches.

Mohammedan SC would take on Jamshedpur FC reserves next on April 21, 2018 at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.

BLACK PANTHERS SEARCH FOR SPARK AGAINST LANGSNING

SHILLONG, 12 APRIL: Things tend to get harder before they get better.  With this motivating axiom in mind Mohammedan Sporting Club will continue their search for the spark that will ignite their 2017/18 2nd Division League campaign.

The Black Panthers will face Langsning FC in their second away Preliminary Round Group C fixture at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, yet another difficult assignment after they played goalless with the same opponent in the corresponding fixture at Kolkata four days ago.

In reality, Mohammedan SC were not clinical enough against Langsning. There was no intensity in their play, they kept playing long balls, losing possession cheaply and ran out of ideas when they played in the final third of the pitch.

Despite his disappointment with the draw, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya is optimistic that his side will get their rhythm back that saw them winning first two matches against Jamshedpur FC (Reserves) and Chennaiyin FC (Reserves) with ease.

“The game of football is unpredictable. You can have one or two players having an off day and get away with it, but when you have five or six it’s a big problem. We have to find a way to recover the team. This is a match where we need to show character.” Coach Bhattacharya said.

Coach Bhattacharya has also lamented the goalscoring problem but remains confident of an improvement ahead of tomorrow’s match.

“We have had challenges at the final third, but I am confident that we can turn things around starting from tomorrow against Langsning. We have to work harder on the things we work on. A win will certainly help us build momentum,” the gaffer added.

The Black Panthers is placed fourth on the league table, not being where they want to be, with 7 points from 4 matches while Langsning on second with 8 points from five matches behind leaders TRAU who took their tally to 10 points from 4 matches beating Chennaiyin 2-1 in their own backyard this afternoon.

COACH BISWAJIT BHATTACHARYA REGRETS ON LANGSNING DRAW

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya felt his side could have sneaked a win but remained content with the draw on Monday against Langsning FC in their Group C preliminary round 2nd Division League encounter at Barasat Stadium.

After losing to TRAU FC last week, the Black Panthers came with yet another disappointing performance despite a fiery atmosphere created by their passionate fans.

Though it’s still early in the league, but Coach Bhattacharya admits they could have supplied their supporters with more.

“Looking at how the game unfolded, we did not create any clear-cut chances even though we could see they sit on top of the box trying to find a way,” he said post-match.

What’s interesting to note for Coach Bhattacharya the fact that they never managed to test Langsning custodian Surjay Kumar Pariyar in one-on-one scenarios.

“Today we never saw the keeper one-on-one, which is something we do very often and we regret that.”

“We could have allowed our centre-backs to step up and press in the midfield, we did that in the second half, that’s why our game got better. With the match of this nature, with a professional approach you win it on set-plays, but unfortunately we didn’t capitalise.” he added.

“Overall one point, we will take it. For the people that wanted goals unfortunately we could not give them.” the gaffer concluded.

LANGSNING HOLD MOHAMMEDAN SC GOALLESS

KOLKATA: Langsning FC goalkeeper Surjay Kumar Pariyar put up a valiant show as the Shillong-based side held Mohammedan Sporting Club to a goalless draw in their Group C preliminary round clash of the 2nd Division League at the Barasat Stadium on Monday (April 9, 2018).

Langsning took their points tally to 8 points from five games, while Mohammedan SC remained on third in the 6-team table with 7 points from four outings.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made as many five changes to the side that were thrashed 4-1 by TRAU FC last week. Subham Roy replaced Suvam Sen under the bar. While Arijit Singh, Ainish Zamadar, Dipendu Dowary and Rahul Jaiswal came at the expenses of Dalraj Singh, Kamran Farooque, Debasish Pradhan and Sukhwinder Singh.

It was a setback for the home side as they looked the better of the two sides with some fine attacking moves through Fikru Teferra Lemessa and skipper Jiten Murmu upfront, but could not breach Surjay’s towering presence.

Surjay thwarted two fine efforts by Fikru and Jiten early into the game while Langsning were unlucky in the 27th minute when a powerful strike from striker Fullmoon Mukhim missed the target by a whisker.

In the second half, the Langsning goalkeeper showed his brilliance once again saving two outstanding efforts by Dowary and Jiten.

The visitors too were unlucky to have missed a few chances on both the sides of the break and they sorely missed the services of their Japanese striker Ryoga Katsurahima as they decided to go with Fullmon and Ebormi Buam upfront.

Mohammedan SC will take on Langsning FC again in four days time in the reverse fixture to be played at Shillong on April 13, 2018.

MOHAMMEDAN SC TARGET LANGSNING SCALP

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club are looking to put their disappointing defeat to TRAU FC behind them, when they host Langsning FC in a Preliminary Round Group C encounter of the 2nd Division League at Barasat Stadium on Monday (April 9, 2018). The match will be kicked-off at 3:15 PM.

The Black Panthers had a superb start beating Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC in their first two fixtures, but have moved to third position on the log after the defeat in Imphal.

While the Black Panthers looking to redeem themselves after suffering their worst defeat of the season, Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya remains confident that the team will bounce back from their poor performance.

“The loss was a set back but still there is a long way to go. The players have put the disappointment behind and fully focused on the upcoming home game against Langsning.” Coach Bhattacharya said.

“Langsning are a young team with full of energy. We will treat them with respect. We have to put up some good work and make sure that we take care of their strengths.” Coach Bhattacharya commented about their opponents.

Despite losing to TRAU, the Black Panthers played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Fikru Teferra Lemessa, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert. The former Ethiopia skipper will however aim to rectify his mistakes against the Shillong-based side who beat Jamshedpur FC 3-1 midweek.

“It happens in football. Sometime you don’t get the desired outcome despite doing all the hardwork. We must not panic. If we keep worrying about what has happened in the past we will struggle in future. It will be different game tomorrow and we are looking forward to it.” Fikru said.

Though Coach Bhattacharya has ruled out making drastic changes to his side for Langsning game, but he could be forced to ring changes in the goalkeeping department after Suvam Sen conceded four goals against TRAU rather cheaply.

Meanwhile, Langsning Head Coach Herring Shangpliang explained that Mohammedan SC will be eager to bounce back from their loss to TRAU and this will make things more difficult for his team.

“We need to respect that the match Mohammedan SC lost against TRAU aren’t a reflection of the quality they possess as a team,” Shangpliang said. “In football, some days are yours and others aren’t. It wasn’t their day.”

“I believe we will give a good account of ourselves even though we know that Mohammedan SC will be eager to bounce back. It is an opportunity for us to rise to the occasion,” he added.

Mohammedan SC have 6 points from 3 games and they are on thrid position in Group C just behind Langsning who are on 7 points from 4 outings.

TRAU HAND MOHAMMEDAN SC FIRST DEFEAT

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were extremely poor in front of goal as they suffered a 4-1 loss to Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC in an Preliminary Round Group C game of ongoing 2nd Division League at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal on Thursday.

The Black Panther offered very little in attack as they suffered their very first defeat of the campaign, which saw TRAU disposed them from top of the Group C standings with 7 points from 3 games.

Malemnganba Meitei (25th & 45+1st minute) and Princewill Emeka (74th & 90+3rd) struck a brace each for TRAU, meanwhile substitute Dipendu Dowary (53rd) pulled a goal back for Mohammedan SC.

Heading into the game, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made three changes to the side by handing club debuts to striker Fikru Lemessa, midfielder Sukhwinder Singh and defender Dalraj Singh at the expenses of Cho Lepcha, Rahul Jaiswal and Manotosh Chakladar.

The home team controlled the flow of play early on and were the first to threaten in the 10th minute when Mohammedan SC keeper Suvam Sen had to be at his best to turn a 25-yard free-kick from Reisangmi Vashum around the post.

In the 25th minute there was nothing Suvam could do when Malemnganba met a cross from Nelson Kom and powerfully headed home from 12-yards out.

Mohammedan SC saw more of the ball after that, but they were poor in the final third and could not create any significant openings in front of goal.

Some poor defending in additional time allowed TRAU to score their second goal when Dalraj failed to clear a goalmouth scramble which allowed Malemnganba to fire home from close range to give his side a two goal cushion going into the breather.

Mohammedan SC began the second half positively and kept the early pressure on their opponents with Fikru and Dipendu combining well upfront.

Fikru, who worked his way on the left, sent a goal mouth cross where TRAU defenders failed to clear, and Dipendu tapped the ball home to make it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Thereby igniting hopes of a comeback.

However, in the 74th minute some more sloppy defending by Mohammedan SC, and Echezona Anichiye in particular, saw Princewill through on goal from Deepak Singh’s pass, who slotted past Suvam to make it 3-1.

Mohammedan SC though created some chances but failed to scored, as they failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line.

TRAU put the final nail in the coffin through Princewill in additional time when the Nigerian found the back of the net from Vashum’s pass.

Mohammedan SC, who have six points from three games, will host Shillong-based Langsning FC next on April 9, 2018 at Barasat Stadium.

BLACK PANTHERS READY FOR TRAU TEST

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to continue their momentum in the ongoing 2017/18 2nd Division League when they travel to Khuman Lampak Main Stadium to face Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC in their first away game of the campaign on Thursday. The match kick-off at 2:30 PM.

Two games, six points, six goals scored, and one conceded; 2018 has started with aplomb for the Black Panthers, who are looking ahead to the TRAU fixture.

Biswajit Bhattacharya’s charges will look to maintain the winning momentum, but will also take heed from their mentor’s words that the past result will mean nothing in this fixture. “We are ofcourse pleased with the results against Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves. I am taking each game as it comes. We still have work to do to get to our point of achievement” said the tactician.

“We need to keep concentrated and focused on the task at hand, and make sure that we play the next game in the best way possible,” he added further.

Coach Bhattacharya appeared to be worried that important players such as Jiten Murmu, Tirthankar Sarkar, Ankit Mukherjee and Manotosh Chakladar were all part of the West Bengal squad for the 2018 Hero Santosh Trophy and may not be in the best shape for the game after playing 6 games in just 13 days including a gruelling final against Kerala this past Sunday.

Speaking about the opponents TRAU, who have four points from 2 games, Coach Bhattacharya said: “It is going to be a tough game for us because TRAU are difficult to beat at home. However, players are full of confidence and believe that they can take on anybody in the league which is a good feeling to have at the club, so we looking forward to our next game.”

The knowledgeable and vastly-experienced coach has an injury-free squad to select from.

BLACK PANTHERS REGISTER FIKRU LEMESSA AT IFA OFFICE

KOLKATA, MARCH 19: Mohammedan Sporting Club, on Monday, have registered Ethiopian international Fikru Teferra Lemessa at the Indian Football Association (IFA) Office for the ongoing 2017/18 2nd Division League.

The Explosive striker was accompanied by the Hony. General Secretary Mr. Ghazal Uz Zafar to the IFA Office.

“It won’t take long for me to settle in. I felt comfortable from the very first day here. I am here to win.” Fikru said.

Fikru, who will wear the number 10 on the back at Mohammedan Sporting Club, will hit the ground running on Tuesday at the Club ground from 8 AM.