Mohammedan slam three past ATK in U-13 Youth League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club U13s scored a fluent 3-0 victory over ATK to register successive wins in Kolkata Zonal Round of the 2017/18 U-13 Youth League at Netaji Sports Complex in Kamlgazi on Saturday.

Mohammedan SC who led 1-0 at half time scored through skipper Sujay Budhuk (19′ and 60′) and substitute Nabakumar Santra (69′).

With this win, Mohammedan SC have collected 6 points from their opening two fixtures and remained on top of the league table.

The Young Panthers made their intentions clear as they worked with a lively pace and dominated the match. They made into the rival half with a steady flow of passes and surged ahead near the 20th minute mark.

Winger Tapan Soren, who kept the attack on, released the ball to Sujay, who cut past a couple of ATK defenders before uncorking a firm right footer home from the edge of the box to put Mohammedan SC into the lead.

Meanwhile, ATK came close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the first half but were unable to penetrate the Mohammedan SC defense.

Mohammedan SC, on the other hand, kept up the pressure on the rival goal and created handful of scoring chances but failed to increase the lead in the first half.

ATK goalkeeper Passang Narbu Sherpa should be credited for bringing of at least four saves as he denied the strike pair of Sujay and Tapan several times.

Sujay later increased the lead for the Young Panthers in the 60th minute when he chipped the ball over the ATK custodian to find the far corner of the net.

Substitute Nabakumar then made it safe for Mohammedan SC when he guided the ball into the net from close range after receiving a pass from Bhuto Singh.

The Young Panthers would host Mohun Bagan next on 25th November at the very same ground.

Mohammedan put three past ATK in U-13 Youth League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club U13s scored a fluent 3-0 victory over ATK to register successive wins in Kolkata Zonal Round of the 2017/18 U-13 Youth League at Netaji Sports Complex in Kamlgazi on Saturday.

Mohammedan SC who led 1-0 at half time scored through skipper Sujay Budhuk (19′ and 60′) and substitute Nabakumar Santra (69′).

With this win, Mohammedan SC have collected 6 points from their opening two fixtures and remained on top of the league table.

The Young Panthers made their intentions clear as they worked with a lively pace and dominated the match. They made into the rival half with a steady flow of passes and surged ahead near the 20th minute mark.

Winger Tapan Soren, who kept the attack on, released the ball to Sujay, who cut past a couple of ATK defenders before uncorking a firm right footer home from the edge of the box to put Mohammedan SC into the lead.

Meanwhile, ATK came close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the first half but were unable to penetrate the Mohammedan SC defense.

Mohammedan SC, on the other hand, kept up the pressure on the rival goal and created handful of scoring chances but failed to increase the lead in the first half.

ATK goalkeeper Passang Narbu Sherpa should be credited for bringing of at least four saves as he denied the strike pair of Sujay and Tapan several times.

Sujay later increased the lead for the Young Panthers in the 60th minute when he chipped the ball over the ATK custodian to find the far corner of the net.

Substitute Nabakumar then made it safe for Mohammedan SC when he guided the ball into the net from close range after receiving a pass from Bhuto Singh.

The Young Panthers would host Mohun Bagan next on 25th November at the very same ground.

Mohammedan SC see off United SC in U13 Youth League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club U13s put up a disciplined performance to score a convincing 2-0 win over United Sports Club in their Kolkata Zonal Round opener of the 2017/18 U-13 Youth League on Sunday at Kamalgazi Sports Complex in Kolkata.

Goals from skipper Suraj Buduk (18′) and defender Rajesh Singh (53′) helped the Young Panthers to go top of the table with three points.

Right from the start of the match, Mohammedan SC looked more confident on the ball as the passive United SC repeatedly lost possession in the midfield.

The Young Panthers created the first chance in the 9th minute, as striker Bijoy Mondal’s powerful strike produced a top save from United SC goalkeeper Abhay Chowdhary.

Mohammedan SC finally scored in the 18th minute when winger Bhuto Singh played a superb low cross into the path of Suraj at the far post, with the play-maker duly converting the opportunity.

United SC, meanwhile, gave a good account of themselves, but they couldn’t score of their chances as Mohammedan SC took the 1-0 lead into the break.

The Young Panthers kept pressing forward after the break and doubled their lead just eight minutes into the second session when Rajesh volleyed winger Tapan Soren’s cross into the roof of the net.

Mohammedan SC, thereafter, created numerous chances and the scoreline could have been more lopsided, if not for the acrobatics of United SC goalkeeper Abhay Chowdhary. It remained 2-0 for the Young Panthers until the final whistle.

U-15 YOUTH LEAGUE: MOHAMMEDN SC FALTER AGAINST SAI

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club U15s suffered an opening day defeat in Kolkata Zonal Round of the 2017/18 U-15 Youth League on Friday when SAI East Zone strolled to a 1-0 win at Kamalgazi Sports Compelx in Kolkata. The Young Panthers fell to Dukhu Singh Sardar’s goal in the 14th minute.

SAI started as the better side and put the Mohammedan SC defense under severe pressure. The humid conditions did not help the Young Panthers either. SAI had the first opening as early as the 4th minute when Akash Kumar beat a defender and unleashed a shot that went straight to the Mohammedan SC keeper Sakirul Islam.

The SAI attacks were too frequent to deny them for long as the Gunadhar Mondal-coached side forged ahead in the 14th minute when skipper Kajal Ghosh sent in a peach of a cross that beat defender Monirul Rahman and went straight to the head of Dukhu Singh who buried it into the net with a powerful header.

William Lalgoulien, around the half hour mark, had a golden opportunity to equalize for Mohammedan SC but the forward shot wide of the goal with only keeper to beat.

A couple of minutes later SAI nearly made Mohammedan SC pay for their mistake when Kajal raced into the penalty box and unleashed a drive but Rajesh Molla was present on the line to thwart the danger as the first half ended 1-0.

In the second half Mohammedan SC played a muh better game but were guilty of missing several chances. First William shot over in the 50th minute while Tarun Munda failed to get his shot on goal at the hour mark.

Meanwhile, at the other end, SAI too had a few close chances but the Mohammedan SC defense worked well to thwart every single attempt.

Towards the end, the Young Panthers battled hard for the equalizer but couldn’t get the job done as the game ended 1-0 in favour of SAI.

Mohammedan SC coach Murai Kar was disappointed with his misfiring strikers and felt that his side should have come away with at least a point. “We played very well in the second half. We missed far too many chances and we need to do really well in the coming games,” he said.

Mohammedan SC face ATK next on 16 November, 2017 at the same venue.

MOHAMMEDAN SC U-15: Sakirul Islam (GK), Md. Monirul Rahman, William Lalgoulien, Debu Hansda (Bijoy Lanka – 87′), Bijoy Roy, Abhijit Bhumij (Saif Ali – 59′), Sany Mondal, Samin Sardar (Samir Bayen – 52′), Azim Ali Molla, Tarun Munda, Rajesh Molla.

MOHAMMEDAN SC JUNIORS CROWN IFA NURSERY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Juniors beat Shyamnagar Tarun Sangha 1-0 in the final to clinch the title in the IFA Nursery Football League on Friday.

After a barren first half, striker William Langoulien struck the only goal of the match which ultimately turned out to be the match winner at YMCA Ground in Kolkata Maidan.

Mohammedan SC began the game in attacking mode and created a couple of close chances early on. While striker Sheikh Gheyasuddin did well to get into spaces, the youngster lacked the killer finish in the rival box.

As the half progressed, Mohammedan SC started dominating the possession. On the other hand, Tarun Sangha defended deep and had their custodian to thank after he denied striker Tarun Munda and midfielder Mohammed Hussain Shah on multiple occasions as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

Needing a goal, Mohammedan SC came out all guns blazing in the second half as they attacked by pushing high up. The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC finally broke the deadlock in the 64th minute. Tarun held off a defender on the left flank and floated in a cross to the far post finding William who converted with a left footed volley to put Mohammedan SC 1-0 up.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities in the final quarter, it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.

RANA SAYS THANKS TO MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB

KOLKATA: Rana Gharami delivered a heartfelt message to Mohammedan Sporting Club officials, players and supporters on Thursday, after playing his last match for the Club against Rainbow Athletic Club in Calcutta Football League.

“It has been a great privilege and honour representing Mohammedan Sporting Club,” said the 26-year-old.

After spending three and half years and leading the team for past two season, the defender sound quite emotional while speaking to mohammedansportingindia.com about his departure.

“Thanks to the Club officials, the coaches I have played under, the staff I have worked with, the team mates I have played alongside, and finally the fans that I have been lucky enough to have played for,” he added.

The former skipper has rejoined Mohun Bagan where he made his professional debut five years ago, prior to being signed by Mohammedan Sporting Club, where he developed as a player and made name for himself.

Senior Club official Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan, who was instrumental in signing Rana in 2014, also sounded outright emotional and said: “Rana has been a great servant to Mohammedan Sporting Club since the day he signed for us as a talented youngster. I am extremely grateful for the way he has led the team since being appointed Club captain two years ago. On behalf of the Club, I wish Rana all the very best for the next chapter of his career.”

Having joined Mohammedan Sporting Club, Rana became an integral part of the side making key tackles, interceptions and clearances relentlessly and was the most trusted defender for every coach, who coached the Black Panthers during his stay.

Rana was made the Club captain in 2016 and under his leadership the Black Panthers became runners-up of Calcutta Football League after 8 years before lifting the title in Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup after 36 years.

MOHAMMEDAN SC BEAT RAINBOW AC TO FINISH CFL CAMPAIGN

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Rainbow Athletic Club 2-1 on Thursday to finish their campaign in the 2017/18 Calcutta Football League.

League’s top scorer Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka put Mohammedan SC ahead in the 16th minute only for Yao Kouassi Bernard to restore parity for Rainbow AC in the 58th minute. However, substitute Satyam Sharma’s long range effort from 30-yards settled the issue for the Black Panthers in the 80th minute at Barasat Stadium.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made the only change to the side by handing start to Pranit Lama Tamang at the expense of Kamran Farooque.

Mohammedan SC dominated first half ball possession, but did not do much to threaten the opposition goal, while Rainbow AC, who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked.

The first half was characterized by a lack of goal scoring opportunities from both sides. In the infant stages of the game, Mohammedan SC had shown promise with some impressive passes, but when they resorted to long balls, Rainbow AC dealt with them with confidence.

However, the Black Panthers were rewarded for their persistent efforts as Dipanda ran on to a pass from Dipendu Dowary and rifled a right-foot shot past goalkeeper Ankur Das in the 16th minute.

The goal spurred the Black Panthers forward who increased their pressure upfront with Dipanda and Jiten Murmu linked up well keeping the Rainbow AC back-line on their toes, but were guilty of non-conversion as the first half ended 1-0.

The second half started with Rainbow AC having greater possession and looked more threatening going forward, thanks to crisp passing, good off-the-ball movement and dazzling individual skills.

Having missed some half chances, Rainbow AC cancelled out Mohammedan SC’s lead in the 58th minute when Bernard rifled in an unstoppable volley to level matters.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC responded almost immediately when a collision in side the box between Jiten and Rainbow AC defender Sujit Sadhu led to the penalty in 61st minute. Jiten took the spot-kick himself and Ankur saved a poor effort low to his right.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC backed by their fans pushed more men forward in a bid to regain the lead. Their efforts paid off as Satyam, who came in for Tirthankar Sarkar, picked the ball from Kalu Ogba, raced forward before unleashing a hefty drive from 30-yards to add his name to the scorers list in the 80th minute.

In the final minutes, both sides engaged in some end-to-end stuff before Mohammedan SC sealed a well-deserved 2-1 win.

The result meant Mohammedan SC finish their campaign third in the league table with 17 points from 9 games and the position will be secured should Peerless Sports Club, who are on 12 points from 7 outings, drop points in any of their remaining two matches.

BLACK PANTHERS AIM TO FINISH CFL CAMPAIGN ON HIGH

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be firing with all cylinders to cap the 2017/18 Calcutta Football League campaign on the highest note when they take on Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday.

A blend of youthful exuberance and attacking football finds the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side in a comfortable third position in the league table with 14 points from 8 matches. While their opponents Rainbow AC, who made their debut in the top flight of Kolkata football this season, are on fifth with 8 points from 7 matches.

The Black Panthers head into this match after playing a stalemate against the defending champions East Bengal last weekend and would not settle for anything less than a victory at Barasat Stadium.

“The journey so far has been a magnificent one. Boys showed tremendous heart in every game and I am proud of the team that we have reached this far. If you take a look at the stats, we have been fairly consistent with our performances. However, a couple of bad days at office ruined your chances of winning the title.” Coach Bhattacharya said reflecting back upon the team’s performance in the league.

Rainbow AC have caused a lot of teams a lot of problems throughout the campaign, But as I have said in the past, here in Mohammedan SC my aim is to win every game, so even in the last game my team will be going all out for full three points. Tomorrow’s match is a crucial one as a win will give us a better chance to finish at Top 3,” Coach Bhattacharya added.

On the team news front, Coach Bhattacharya has all the key players at disposal and will line up the strongest squad.

“The team will like to sincerely thank the Club Faithfuls whose undying support throughout the competition has been excellent.” The Gaffer concluded.

The match against Rainbow AC marks the last match for the likes of Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka, Manvir Singh, Rana Gharami, Shekh Faiaz, Sankar Roy and Dipendu Dowary, all of whom are set to leave the the Club after CFL for various ISL and I-League Clubs.

The match at Barasat Stadium kicks-off at 5:00 PM on Thursday and will be televised on Kolkata TV.

JITEN BETTER THAN MANY FOREIGN STRIKERS – BISWAJIT BHATTACHARYA

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya believes Jiten Murmu will only improve and would play a crucial role for the team in remainder of the season.

The gaffer feels Jiten has all of the physical and mental attributes that are needed to become a successful striker, as he told mohammedansportingindia.com: “Jiten is mentally very strong and he is very sure of himself.”

“He is very technical on the ball and he has lots of endurance. I would say he is probably better than many foreign strikers playing in Kolkata right now. I want more and more from him because he has all the qualities for that,” he added.

Jiten signed for Mohammedan SC from East Bengal ahead of Calcutta Football League this season. Though the 22-year-old previously spent three seasons with East Bengal, but truly flourished at Mohammedan SC and emerged as one of Mohammedan SC’s outstanding performances with 5 goals and 4 assists in 7 appearances.

The striker was criticized for somewhat lackluster performance against Mohun Bagan last week, however turned up in style against his former employer and delivered again for the Black Panthers when he scored and claimed an assist in a 2-2 draw yesterday, which ended East Bengal’s 24-match winning streak in CFL.

Nonetheless, Coach Bhattacharya insists Jiten can handle the pressure and will improve, regardless of the attention he gets following his recent exploits.

“He’s been about long enough now to handle the pressure. He is still growing. He’s going to fill out even more. His knowledge of the game and his game intelligence will continue to grow and he will keep learning. I believe, with his talent he can accomplish amazing things.” Coach Bhattacharya concluded.

WILLIS PLAZA SCORE LATE TO DENY MOHAMMEDAN A WIN

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were held to a 2-2 draw by East Bengal in their Calcutta Football League encounter on Saturday.

East Bengal took a early lead through Mahmoud Al Amna (2nd minute) only for Jiten Murmu (20th) to equalize for Mohammedan SC before Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka (67th) put the Black Panthers ahead, however Willis Plaza’s (87th) late goal save the blushes for East Bengal at Kalyani Stadium.

The result meant Mohammedan SC remain on third position in the league table with 14 points while East Bengal moved to the summit with 19 points.

Going into the game, Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made four changes to the side from the previous match by handing starts to Jiten Murmu, Tirthankar Sarkar, Dipendu Dowary and Rana Gharami at the expenses of Manandeep Singh, Satyam Sharma, Prohlad Roy and Harjinder Singh.

East Bengal started the first half on the front foot and unsettled the Mohammedan SC defense in the 2nd minute itself when Al Amna slotted home after Arnab Mondal set up the Syrian from Mohammed Rafique’s free-kick to put East Bengal 1-0 up.

Having conceded early on, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Dipanda, Kalu Ogba and Dipendu Dowary. The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC restored the parity at the 20th minute mark. Kalu made a run down the left and squared to Jiten inside the box who then rifled a fierce shot past East Bengal keeper Luis Barreto.

Thereafter, both sides had a few chances in the later stage of the half but couldn’t convert as the scoreline remained one-goal-a-piece going into the breather.

Mohammedan SC came out strong in the second half and began attacking from the word go. However, the East Bengal defense managed to hold on and clear all the attacks in the opening quarter.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC’s constant pressure finally paid off as they took the lead midway through the second half. Jiten with a good solo run went past a couple of defenders on the right before cutting back for Dipanda, on the edge of the box. The Cameroonian striker kept his calm to get a first time shot which the rival keeper failed to handle and the ball ended up in the net.

The Black Panthers almost got their third goal in the 73rd minute when Shekh Faiaz and Dipanda combined on the left flank. A quick one-two sent Faiaz clear and the lanky winger cut past two defenders only for his powerful drive to go inches over the horizontal.

Afterwards, both sides engaged in some end-to-end stuff. While Mohammedan SC had the better chances to go further up, East Bengal capitalized on a defensive error as Plaza scored three minutes from the time to pull East Bengal level.

Mohammedan SC battled hard in the final minutes looking for a winner, but East Bengal managed to hold on defending deep as the game ended 2-2.