Kolkata, August 20, 2015: A brilliant Southern Samity recovered from a goal down to hold Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-1 on Thrusday afternoon at Mohammedan Sporting Ground in an Calcutta Football League Premier Division – A encounter.
Although the Black Panthers were looked invincible in their last two matches, but failed a way to beat Southern Samity, who were humbled 5-2 by Mohun Bagan their last outing. Therefor, it seems that East Bengal would have the upper hand going into Sunday’s Mini-Derbey against Mohammedan.
Mohammedan may have been the better side on paper, but Southern Samity definitely did enough to hold them. One of the talking point of the match would be the interruption caused the Mohammedan loyals.
Mohammedan Sporting Club started the match with an aggressive note as they had the attack index in favour to show for it. Midfielder Dolphine Bernard did an amazing job throughout the first half. As result, Mohammedan got the lead 25th minute into the game through Rana Gharami, who scored from a long ranger shot from 35-yards away with his left foot. Meanwhile Southern Samity found the equalising goal only five minutes later through Taurus Manneh from a counter attack. Thereafter none of the teams scored any goals and the first half came to an end with with a goal each in either end.
Both teams started the second half in search of the elusive goal which could have gave the crucial three points. Mohammedan seemed to be in control of the procceding but it was haulted when a chaos started in the stands created by some of the club loyals. Referee was forced to stop the when a bottle thrown from the stands hit a Southern Samity player, Mohammedan players and officials even went on to request the fans to remain calm. After ten minutes the match restarted and Southern Samity seemed to regain the control but none of the teams found the back of the net in thereafter and the referee blowed the full time whiste on a 1-1 stalemate.
Mohammedan’s Rana Gharami who adjudged man of the match said, “It feels great to score but it could have felt better if we won the match, however we want to put this match behind and look to focus on our next match against East Bengal.”
Meanwhile in other match played at Barasat Stadium, Police AC beat Kalighat MS 3-1. Nilkanta Paria, Eric Brown and Suraj Bahadur Gurung scored for Police AC, while Arijit Bagui pulled a goal back for Kalighat MS. Police AC’s Sagar Das adjudged man of the match.
Photo: Ujjal Sarkhel