KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat follow Calcutta Premier Division outfit Rainbow Athletic Club 2-1 in their first pre-season game played at Kalyani Stadium on Friday (14 July, 2017).

It was Rainbow AC who took the lead against the run of the play. However, the Black Panthers fought back a goal each from Nigerian defender Richard Agwu Somtochukwu and striker Manandeep Singh ensured victory for Mohammedan SC.

Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya opted for a 4-4-2 formation and utilized more than 20 players throughout the game.

Mohammedan SC were in control of the game since very beginning, building it’s attacks from the flanks and within the first 20 minutes they missed two clear chances through Manandeep and Sheikh Faiaz.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents Rainbow AC managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end capitalizing on a defensive error.

The goal appeared to awaken Mohammedan SC who almost responded minutes later but Shoaib Syed’s shot rattled the post to the relief of Rainbow AC.

Mohammedan SC remained in control and dominated possession, however the equalizer remained elusive as the first half ended 1-0.

The Black Panthers came out all guns blazing in the second-half as they attacked by pushing high up. The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC finally restored the parity midway through the half when Richard headed home off a corner.

Encouraged by the goal, Mohammedan SC grew in confidence and attacked in droves in a bid to take the lead. Their effort paid off as Manandeep picked the ball from the centre of the field, raced forward before unleashing a hefty drive to add his name to the scorers list.

Meanwhile, experienced striker Dipendu Biswas, who is just one goal away from reaching 250 career goals, has joined training from today.

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