Tollygunge, who had to avoid a 0-3 defeat tobe able to move up, crowded the defence right from the start and benefited significantly from Mohun Bagan’s inability to transform opportunities into goals. The Mohun Bagan fort was threatened on just two occasions and the ease with which the gaps in their defence were exploited on each should not please the coach.
The defending prowess showed by Tollygunge will be up against East Bengal in Friday’s first semi-final while Mohun Bagan will meet either Mohammedan Sporting or FCI Saturday.
The match that rarely saw a good pass or a clever move also suffered from referee Supriya Chakraborty’s clumsy handling of proceedings. He completely ignored Mohun Bagan ’keeper Bivash Ghosh’s ugly and deliberate push on Seriki Abdullateef. The striker had intentionally pushed defender Kajal Bhattacharya after failing to reach a ball. But the referee, standing reasonably close, overlooked the incidents both of which were card-worthy.
Mohun Bagan started with R.C. Prakash and Joao Dos Santos up front and Jayanta Sen and James Singh were in midfield along with Debjit Ghosh and Dulal Biswas. Most of their forays were from the left flank with overlapping side-back Lolendra Singh sending in most of the crosses. Prakash leapt nicely to meet one of them which was safely collected by goalkeeper Hemanta Dora in the 15th minute. But the former India keeper came off the line and completely misjudged the flight of another in the 37th minute which was headed over by James.
Jayanta made way for Jose Ramirez Barreto in the 25th minute and the Brazilian immediately made his presence felt with a swinging 20-yard free-kick which hit the horizontal after beating Dora. One of the heroes of Mohun Bagan’s successful National League campaign, who reached the ground after the start, was the sole exception on a day of inaccurate passes and showed glimpses of classy control and clever distribution.
James should have converted one of his assists from just inside the box in the 72nd minute but took too long to control the ball and moved away towards the side of the box which reduced the angle decisively. Santos, the other Brazilian, was unimpressive and his most significant contribution, apart from a few dives which earned his team free-kicks, was a header off a corner from James which was safely taken by Dora.
Tollygunge looked organised in defence and midfield but counterattacks were rare which may affect their chances when they need more than a draw. They did spoil Mohun Bagan’s moves by increasing the number of legs in their half of the pitch but there was nobody to hold the ball and control the pace in mid-field.
Soumitra Chakraborty, released by Mohun Bagan this year, came in as a second-half substitute and was the sole Tollygunge player who looked confident enough to keep the ball in possession.
Despite all the defending, Tollygunge created the chance of the day in the 69th minute when Seriki covered a lot of ground down the right flank and found Sasthi Duley ten yards from goal-mouth but the diminutive medio’s hurriedly-taken shot was too feeble to beat Bivash.
Meghnath of Phaguna Rabha High School, Guwahati made short work of Chester Lalfakawma of Government High Secondary School, Aizawl in the Phildor’s Defence, while Nirmal of Disneyland School, Guwahati beat Nanda of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat in an irregular king pawn opening. Playing black, Yambem Dhanbir Singh defeated Gurumayum Inao Sharma in 48 moves of the King’s Indian Defence and Lairengjem of Adimjati Little English School, Imphal crushed Ranjan Talukdar of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Guwahati.
Boro messes up
In another top board encounter, Nabajyoti Boro of A-New-High School, Tinsukia today messed up his winning position against Biplob Bijoy Dutta of Jorhat Government Boys School in the sudden death time-scramble and agreed to split the points. Half a point behind, both were close on the leaders’ heels. Nabajyoti won the exchange on the 24th move — he won his opponent’s rook for his knight. Sparks flew off the board in a rook-queen-pawn versus knight-queen-pawn end game emanating from the main line of the Queen’s Gambit Slav Defence as Nabajyoti’s rook bulldozed through the open queen file 46. R-d8 to pin the knight on f8 with the king.
Biplob’s king move to g7 hardly released the pin; for his knight was left with only one flight square-d7 which was under the command of his opponent’s rook. To keep pace with the clock Biplob made waiting queen moves along a3-e7.
To capture his rival’s cornered knight, Nabajyoti needed to connect his queen with his rook on the last rank for which he had to work out move-by-move calculations and in doing so, he spent 15 minutes of the half an hour stipulated sudden death time. Ultimately, he succeeded in connecting his queen and rook to gobble the knight.
Expecting that his opponent may slip under the time pressure, Biplob swung his queen into the opponent’s king side. The white monarch on f3 seemed as if it cannot escape to a square from where it can parry the perpetual checks from the black queen. There was a risky way out, though Nabajyoti played a little too safe to draw the game.
The game between Lalfakawma and Meghanath stretched to 57 moves. On table No. 11, Abhinob Baruah of Carmel School, Jorhat tripped Pankaj Nayan Singh of LOC Hindi High School, Guwahati in a king pawn opening. Playing white, Pankaj developed his king bishop before the knight and Abhinob, too, shut up his king bishop to open up his queen bishop.
They reached an even end game with white having two pawns and a bishop versus black’s two pawns a knight. A wrong move first cost Pankaj a central pawn, but still had he not exchanged his bishop with Abhinob’s knight, the game would have drawn as an extra pawn in such bisop versus knight ending did not always help queen the passer.
OTHER KEY MATCH RESULTS
Digbijoy Sing (3.5) drew with Nandan Buragohain (3.5); Sashanka Singh (3.5) drew with Sanajaoba Singh (3); Prolay Phukan (2.5) lost to Santa Singh (3.5); Potshangbam Singh (2.5) lost to Rajib Dhar (3.5)and Raju Lokrakpam (3.5) beat Pritom Sarkar (2.5).
Howrah Union had to fight it out with ten men after Sanjoy Roy was given marching orders by referee Sajal Bose in the second half, following two yellow card bookings for infringement.
Sonali Shibir and Peerless played out a barren tie in another group A fixture.
In group B action, Sporting Union defeated Muslim Institute by a solitary goal. Tushar Das was the scorer. The other match between Milan Samity and Bally Protiva ended goalless.
Jackson stays with EB
Ghanaian defender Jackson Egygpong signed in favour of East Bengal which cleared him for Friday’s McDowell Cup semi-final against Tollygunge Agragami. Super Division outfit SAIL recruited two Nigerians — Adedeji Anthony Adeyemi and Esheku Oghieage Charles — from Indian National Football Club, Delhi. FCI retained Mukesh Kumar.
Arup Baidya and Amrita Bhattacharjee will lead the men’s and women’s challenge in the 63rd state senior badminton championships, organised by West Bengal Badminton Association, at Raipur Club, Ramgarh from Saturday. The final comes off on July 12.
Altogether 113 players from 17 districts will take part in the meet which includes three events — men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles. Arup and Amandeep Saikri are the top seeds in the doubles.
Ichapur Gopinath Union CCC will meet Durgapur CCC in the final of the Bidyut Ganguly memorial sub-junior cricket meet. In the semi-finals today, Ichapur Gopinath Union CCC and Durgapur CCC overcame their opponents by eight and nine wickets respectively.
Alvarada had displayed good turn of foot last winter but without a winning luck. The well-bred Razeen-Enfin Seule daughter only needs to beat herself to lose the Kilcloon Handicap, the opener.
By the terms of the Commuter Cup, Acquest is lucky to find herself at weight advantage against the set of rivals she had beaten last winter. Cristopher Alford partners the two Vijay Singh-trainees and the young rider is expected to display form he has been showing in Bangalore.
Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:
Kilcloon Handicap 1,400m (Cl V—Rated 00-28)— Indian jockeys only
1 3232 Double Dancer [Javed] Md Islam 60.0 2
2 - - 33 Alvarada [Vijay] C. Alford 58.5 6
3 3010 Tribal Warlord [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 57.0 5
4 0400 Armila [Mujeeb] Surender S. 53.5 1
5 - 000 Golden Heart [Bath] S. Shanker 52.0 3
6 0000 Aeolian [Bharath] Md Amil 51.0 4
1. ALVARADA (2) 2. DOUBLE DANCER (1) 3. ARMILA (4)
Alvarada: Well-bred and also has performed well against good youngsters last winter. Double Dancer: Was outclassed by Alocina. May contest the issue again. Armila: Looking and working well. May make the finish interesting.
Vasto Handicap 1,100m (Cl V— Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 0030 Arizona Star [Mujeeb] Sher S. 60.5 4
2 2120 Noble Canonire [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 59.5 7
3 0000 Art Smart [Karki] N. Akhtar 57.0 1
4 - - 00 Fibonacci [Stephens] Afzal K. 54.0 3
5 - - 00 Atacada [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.0 8
6 -000 Whitney [Rodrigues] Brij S. 50.0 5
7 -000 Ballard Lady [R. Alford] S. Tamang 49.5 6
8 0034 Dizzy Diver [Mujeeb] A. P. Singh 49.5 2
1. dizzy diver (8) 2. noble canonire (2) 3. atacada (5)
Dizzy Diver: Fit and better at the weight against Noble Canonire. Noble Canonire: Ran a poor race on first day. May do better. Atacada: Upset, if any.
Fire Flash Cup 1,400m (Cl III — Rt. 44-72)
1 2320 Sky Command [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 60.0 4
2 2343 Citadel [Bharath] Surender S. 60.0 7
3 - 211 Too Soon To Tell [Javed] Manohar S. 56.5 6
4 3233 High Life [Bharath] Md Islam 56.5 3
5 - 100 Staffordshire [Javed] M. Reuben 54.5 5
6 - - 11 Alyssum [Vijay] C. Alford 50.5 2
7 2100 Persuasion [Bharath] S. Rabani 48.0 1
1. too soon to tell (3) 2. persuasion (7) 3. high life (4)
Too Soon To Tell: Good at work May overcome weight disadvantage. Persuasion: Very fit. Running virtually with bare-back. High Life: Capable of upsetting.
Commuter Cup 1,200m (Terms, 4 y-o & over)
1 1000 Head Hunter [R. Alford] R. Gowli 55.0 3
2 - 001 Mystic Hill [Vijay] Md Amil 50.0 5
3 0001 Quickdraw McGraw [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 50.0 6
4 3243 Acquest [Vijay] C. Alford 48.5 2
5 - - 22 Adventure [Vijay] S. Rabani 48.5 4
6 1100 No Surrender [Javed] M. Reuben 48.5 1
1. acquest (4) 2. head hunter (1) 3. quickdraw McGraw (3)
Acquest: Good by the terms of the race. May take some beating. Head Hunter: Youngest in the field and comfortable over all trips. Quickdraw McGraw: May place.
Mr Mauritius Cup 1,400m (Cl IV—Rt. 22-50)— Indian jockeys only
1 - - 10 Cup Of Life [David] M. Reuben 60.0 10
2 0042 Hurricane Star [Stephens] E. Smith 60.0 1
3 2300 Deep Star [Vijay] A. P. Singh 59.5 4
4 3331 Rheinheart [Bath] S. Shanker 58.0 6
5 2400 Heaven’s Blessing [Bath] N. Engineer 57.5 5
6 2103 Black Mane [Karki] N. Akhtar 57.0 12
7 2004 Jayaashva [Mujeeb] Som S. 57.0 8
8 - - 34 Aflicker [Bharath] Md Islam 55.5 11
9 3213 Swingtime [Mujeeb] K. Kumar 53.5 3
10 -100 Flying Power [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 52.5 7
11 4232 Avionic [Bharath] Md Amil 52.0 9
12 0130 Magic Ring [Karki] Saran S. 50.0 2
1. Rheinheart (4) 2. avionic (11) 3. Aflicker (8)
Rheinheart: Has improved with each run last season and his recent workouts indicate upwards graph. Avionic: Has let down many a times last winter. May do better over the monsoon track. Aflicker: Looking fit. May upset. Black Mane: May place.
Balchand Handicap 1,000m (Cl V, 3-y-o only —Rt. 00-28)
1 - - 33 Privy Council [Javed] Manohar S. 60.0 9
2 4300 Abstone Queen [R. Alford] P. Alford 59.0 8
3 - - 44 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 59.0 7
4 ---- Alesund [Bharath] C. Alford 57.5 5
5 0030 Ballet Master [R. Alford] R. Gowli 57.0 1
6 - - 00 Alborada [R. Alford] R. Yadav 56.5 2
7 - - 00 Prizren [Javed] M. Reuben 55.0 10
8 - - 00 Software [Bath] S. Shanker 54.5 4
9 - 000 Strictly Royal [Bath] Som S. 54.0 6
10 - - 00 Private Lives [Bharath] Md Islam 54.0 3
1. alesund (4) 2. lockers park (3) 3. privy council (1)
Alesund: Failed to make a debut last season because of some problem. Impressive at work. Locker’s Park: Will be right there if the stablemate fails. Privy Council: No ordinary youngster, though burdened with topweight. Ballet Master: Upset, if any. Software: May place.
Day’s Best: Alvarada Double: Dizzy Diver & Acquest
(With inter-state dividends)
1. Chaitanya Chakram Plate 1,200m: (13-10-12) Cleo (Bhati) 1; Comic Blush 2; Strident 3. Not run: Explode (5). Won by: 3-1/2; SH; (1-15.9). Tote: Win Rs 263; Place: 65; 132; 36; Quinella: 4,304; Tanala: 42,370 (C.o). Fav: Brompton Road (3).
2. Karighatta Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (8-7-1) Fire Of Wisdom (Shelar) 1; Dynamic Chief 2; Arabian Beauty 3. Won by: Hd; 1-3/4; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 363; Place: 82; 29; 34; Quinella: 1,231; Tanala: 58,110 (C.o). Fav: Queen’s Award (6).
3. Oncidium Plate 1,100m: (1-2-3) Fearless Leader (Shafiq) 1; Ever Ever 2; Karaka Park 3. Not run: Medwin (6). Won by: 1/2; 2-1/4; (1-9.2). Tote: Win Rs 76; Place: 20; 41; 11; Quinella: 356; Tanala: 2,479. Fav: Karaka Park (3).
4. Kollegal Plate 1,400m: (2-6-8) Exntor (Appu) 1; Skillful Miss 2; Raaz 3. Won by: 1/2; 3; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 41; 55; Quinella: 176; Tanala: 3,147. Fav: Extnor (2).
5. Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd. Cup 1,200m: (6-5-8) Blushing Memories (Prithviraj) 1; Abyssinian Cat 2; Treasure Island 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 15; 12; 35; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 380. Fav: Abyssinian Cat (5). (Note: The winner survived objection).
6. Karighatta Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (4-7-8) Letham Grange (Appu) 1; Persian Sky 2; Class Conscious 3. Not run: All Chatter (2). Won by: 1-1/2; SH; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 32; 32; Quinella: 226; Tanala: 5,246. Fav: Letham Grange (4).
7. Bidadi Plate 1,200m: (2-5-11) Endless Image (Shafiq) 1; Secret Ballot 2; Ultima 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 14; 19; 117; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 9,615. Fav: Liberty Hall (4).
Jackpot: Rs 8,763; (C) Rs 294.
Treble: (i) Rs 14,912; (ii) Rs 677.
Outer sand track
1,200m: Aquaria (C. Alford) and Amarante (Amil) in 1-30s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Annalee (C. Alford) and Artifact (A.P. Singh) in 1-33s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Former 2 ls better.Anolini (Amil) and All Heart (C. Alford) in 1-31s; (400m) 27 2/5s; Former 6 ls better. Sixteen Sixtyfour (Amil) and Hot (C. Alford) in 1-34s; (400m) 30s. Former much superior. Athletico (Amil) and Magnifico (C. Alford) in 1-33s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Former 6 ls better.
1,000m: Aileron (Rabani) and Anntari (C. Alford) in 1-18 2/5s; (400m) 30s.
800m: Allodium (Rabani) and Allaying (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Charlene (Islam) and Armed Alarm (Rabani) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Ingleside (Smith) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Kaizen (Manohar) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Allosaki (A. P. Singh) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Alygator (Amil) and Tejeni (Surender) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s.
600m: Slice Of Life (Rb) in 43 3/5s; (400m) 27 3/5s.
800m: Eau Savage (Shanker) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Easy.
400m: Orbital Star (Yadav) in 25s.