KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club strolled past Southern Samity 3-0 to register successive wins in the Calcutta Premier Division – A on Sunday at Barasat Stadium.
The score-line would have been much higher if the Black Panthers had utilized many scoring chances that came their way.
Winger Sheikh Faiaz (21st and 56th minute) scored in either halves before striker Jiten Murmu (90th) found the target late in the game to complete yet another convincing win for the Black Panthers which took their tally to 6 points from 3 games.
Going into the game, the Black Panthers coach Biswajit Bhattacharya fielded an unchanged side from the previous match.
Mohammedan SC, enjoying massive support from the fans, jumped into a great start and orchestrated many moves but missed goal-scoring opportunities whenever they approached Southern Samity’s final third in the opening quarter.
Having missed a host of chances till the 20th minute mark, Mohammedan SC finally broke the deadlock after some good team work. A switch in play from left-to-right saw Dipanda Dicka find Jiten who cut back to Faiaz and the winger delivered a cool finish from the edge of the box to set the tone for the game.
Although the Black Panthers were on top of proceedings, Southern Samity gave a good account of themselves and matched the Black Panthers boot-for-boot. Mohammedan SC maintained their dominance as the match progressed and could have increased the tally if the attackers took their chances.
In the closing moments of the half, Dipanda had a chance to double the lead, but he hammered his effort wide as the first half ended 1-0.
Mohammedan SC began the second half brightly like they did the first, with a goal beckoning with every move and after 11 minutes of play, Faiaz consolidated Mohammedan SC’s lead. Dipendu Dowary away from two defenders on the right flank, picked out Faiaz to head past Southern Samity keeper Sheikh Moidul Islam from close range.
Five minutes later the Southern Samity goalie made a diving save after a well-placed shot by Jiten. Shortly after that it was defender Dalraj Singh who cleared a shot by Dipanda on the line.
Meanwhile, Southern Samity tried to take advantage of the loose ends in the Black Panthers’ formation but the Mohammedan SC fought back to consolidate their gains.
Mohammedan SC remained in control of the proceedings but had to wait till the last minute of the regulation time to get their third. Mumtaz Akhtar with a brilliant run got past his marker and laid the ball for Prohlad Roy who set up Jiten to slot home.