Strikes from Sumit Sengupta and R.C. Prakash sealed Eastern Railway’s fate, who failed to make any impact.
Sumit drew first blood in the 35th minute. A James Singh freekick found him waiting on top of the box and he headed in, giving goalkeeper Kaushik Pal no chance at all.
The second goal came minutes from time when the hardworking James ran down the right flank and sent an accurate cross for R.C. Prakash to shoot in.
But despite the win, what disappointed the Mohun Bagan supporters was the rather insipid soccer displayed by the two Brazilians, Jose Ramirez Barreto and Joao Santos.
The rain-drenched slippery turf perhaps was too much of an obstacle for the two. And though coach Subrata Bhattacharya kept both of them on for full 90 minutes, neither made any lasting impression on the match.
And just to offset that James Singh played a stellar role, and it was just fair that he had a hand in both goals today.
Apart from the failure of the Brazilians, Mohun Bagan suffered another jolt when Lolendra Singh was shown the red card in the 85th minute.
A scuffle inside the Mohun Bagan box involving Lolendra and Eastern Railway substitute Prashanta Ghosh turned nasty with Lolendra kicking Ghosh. Referee Subrata Sarkar gave Lolendra marching orders and booked Ghosh for the offence.
The home side kept the pressure up throughout the match, but poor finishing by the forwards — especially Santos —thwarted their efforts of increasing the margin. Credit should also go to railway custodian Pal who brought about a few good saves.
In the very sixth minute, James made his intentions clear. But, his piledriver crashed into the crossbar. Just after the first goal, James again took a powerful shot which Pal managed to fist out for a corner.
But the best opportunity that went abegging came in the 60th minute. It was again initiated by James, who overlapped down the right and sent a measured back pass to Dulal Biswas. Biswas’ shot was fisted by an advancing Pal. The rebound found Prakash, but his weak shot failed to make its way into the unattended goal.
On the other hand, the Mohun Bagan defence, rather suspect in the early showing this season, was never really tested today.
Showing the usual sparkling star-cast and promise of germinating talent aplenty, this year the meet starts off with the added status of being the only full-fledged Fide-rating Schools’ Chess championship in Asia. This was revealed today by Soumen Mazumder, All India Chess Federation treasurer. He is also the secretary of the Alekhine Chess Club, organisers of the meet.
That means players participating in this championship will be eligible for coveted Fide ratings that will give them the ticket to hot championships around the country and around the world.
There are 15 Fide-rated players in fray this time for the 11-round Swiss League tourney, and eight players from acorss the border, Bangladesh. The field also includes the six qualifiers from the Guwahati leg of the meet and the six from the Jamshedpur leg as well. For the first time this meet made forays into the Northeast of the country and into the North.
The meet concludes on July 30, with the prize distrubution the day after. This was announced at a press conference here today by Asoke Ghosh, president Alekhine Chess Club.
This is also the first time that Smithkline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Ltd., the makers of Horlicks, have come in as co-sponsors in the eastern region. With nine states participating, this is slowly becoming a regional mammoth. For a championship, that has in the past thrown up stars like Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Neelotpal Das, Saheli Dhar-Barua, Sandipan Chanda, Saptarshi Roy, Shanker Roy, Nisha Mohota, Baisakhi Das and many more.
The top seed this time is Saptarshi Roy, the defending champion. With an Elo rating of 2198, he is also the current national sub-junior champion.
Ilyas Mollah and Sanjib Misra scored for Milan Bithee, while Dipti Sen Sharma made a reply for Rajasthan. Railway FC’s brace was from Subhas Lal Das and Kajal Nandy. Sonali Shibir, their rivals today, failed to score.
Soumava Das scored for Howrah Union, while Santanu Chakraborty neutralised for Calcutta Port Trust.
In fourth division relegation play-off Southern AC and Shyambazar Club shared four goals, while Star Sports Club and Behala ASA shared two goals.
Anolini is a migrant from Mumbai where he failed miserably as a favourite in Class IV after his convincing victory in the lowest class. Going further up on the rating chart when trusted against the local Class III set last winter, the Vijay Singh-trainee was outsmarted by Storm Centre. The experience gained then is likely to come handy now. Looking fit, the well-bred Placerville-Above son may open his account on the local track.
Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:
Wise Guy Cup 1,200m (Cl II—Rated 66-94)
1 1314 Amarante [Vijay] Md Islam 60.0 1
2 0432 Optimum Choice [R. Alford] R. Gowli 59.5 5
3 4403 Jeweller [Vijay] Md Amil 57.5 4
4 - - 00 Serenader [Vijay] A. P. Singh 56.5 3
5 0042 Char Bahar [Karki] N. Akhtar 55.5 2
1. Jeweller (3) 2. amarante (1) 3. char bahar (5)
Jeweller: A failed-favourite on day one over 1,100m. Six furlongs is right up his streat. Amarante: Has class to take all in her strides. Char Bahar: Upset, if any.
Everynsky Cup 1,200m (Cl IV, 3-y-o only —Rt. 00-50)
1 - 110 Annella [Vijay] Surender S. 60.0 1
2 - - 10 Magnifico [Vijay] C. Alford 54.5 4
3 0001 No Regrets [Javed] Manohar S. 53.0 2
4 - - 02 Almond Rock [R. Alford] R. Gowli 49.5 3
5 4043 Eau Savage [Bath] S. Shanker 48.0 6
6 - 002 Anntari [Bharath] S. Rabani 47.5 8
7 - - -0 Rising Chorus [R. Alford] S. Tamang 47.0 5
8 3000 Abstone Queen [R. Alford] K. B. Gurang 47.0 7
1. almond rock (4) 2. No Regrets (3) 3. anntari (6)
Almond Rock: Going well in the company of speedster like Quickdraw McGraw. No Regrets: Easily beat a good set last winter. May repeat.Anntari: Upset, if any.
Artaius Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 3000 Go With The Wind [R. Alford] P. Alford 60.0 7
2 2220 As You Please [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 60.0 5
3 0013 Constantine [Karki] N. Akhtar 59.0 3
4 - - 30 Winning Hand [Javed] M. Reuben 55.0 1
5 0002 Floral Path [Bath] Md Islam 54.5 4
6 2130 Swingtime [Mujeeb] K. Kumar 53.0 6
7 1300 Magic Ring [Karki] Saran S. 49.5 2
1. winning hand (4) 2. floral path (5) 3. constantine (3)
Winning Hand: Sparingly raced. Was a good third behind Allodium and Super Smile last winter in Race no. 76. Floral Path: Outpaced over a scurry. Suited more to the present trip.Constantine: Maintains form since his fluent win last winter.
Princess Huma Handicap 1,400m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 ---- Royal Ruler [R. Alford] (withdrawn) 60.0 --
2 0000 Golden Express [R. Alford] R. Gowli 57.5 6
3 - - -0 Classy Twist [David] Md Amil 55.0 5
4 - 000 Alborada [R. Alford] K. Kumar 53.0 7
5 - 000 Fibonacci [Stephens] Md Islam 52.5 4
6 - 000 Prizren [Javed] M. Reuben 50.5 1
7 4004 Armila [P. Locke] Md Yasin 50.5 2
8 0000 Sapphire And Silk [R. Alford] S. Tamang 49.0 3
1. prizren (6) 2. golden express (2) 3. classy twist (3)
Prizren: Further improved since her unextended run. Likely to strike. Golden Express: Has come down to a striking mark. Classy Twist: Fit, may place.
An Apple A Day Cup 1,200m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)
1 - 102 Anolini [Vijay] C. Alford 60.0 3
2 0210 Marimba [P. Locke] N. Engineer 58.5 1
3 0020 Sky Hawk [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 58.0 7
4 1000 Staffordshire [Javed] M. Reuben 57.0 6
5 4100 Kargil Soldier [Stephens] Haroon K. 56.0 10
6 1200 Storm Trooper [Karki] Saran S. 54.0 4
7 1004 Giltedge [R. Alford] B. Gurang 53.5 8
8 0000 Consul’s Secret [Mujeed] K. Kumar 53.5 11
9 3401 Charlene [Bharath] S. Rabani 53.5 9
10 ---- Sheerness [Vijay] (Withdrawn) 53.5 --
11 4114 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] S. Shanker 53.0 2
12 4004 Scimitar [Mujeeb] Manohar S. 52.5 5
1. anolini (1) 2. staffordshire (4) 3. Diplomatic Gesture (11)
Anolini: Fit and forward. May open his account on the local track. Staffordshire: A forward runner in last start. May go close. Diplomatic Gesture: May place.
Flying Glance Handicap 1,800m (Cl IV—Rt. 00-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 0040 American [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 60.0 5
2 3312 Rheinheart [Bath] S. Shanker 60.0 6
3 1030 Black Mane [Karki] N. Akhtar 56.5 2
4 0003 Master Charlie [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 56.5 7
5 4000 Heaven’s Blessing [Bath] N. Engineer 55.5 1
6 2323 Avionic [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.0 4
7 0040 Bernadine [Vijay] C. Alford 50.0 3
1. rheinheart (2) 2. black mane (3) 3. bernadine (7)
Rheinheart: Went down to a good horse, Cup Of Gold. Give him another chance. Black Mane: Finished on well from the rear. May do better. Bernadine: May upset.
Day’s Best: Jeweller Double: Prizren & Rheinheart
Outer sand track
1,400m: Arendal (A. P. Singh) and Treasurer (C. Alford) in 1-43s; (400m) 26s. Former was a length better. Deep Star (Amil) and Aldebro (C. Alford) in 1-44s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Both was handy. Falconhead (Amil) and Alyssum (C. Alford) in 1-52s; (400m) 26s. Both were easy.
1,200m: Fame Star (Amil) and Alvarada (C. Alford) in 1-29s; (400m) 27s. Former 3 ls better. Jeweller (Amil) in 1-33 2/5s; (400m) 29 2/5s. Fit.
400m: Anolini (C. Alford) in 29 2/5s.
On Monday, outer sand track
800m: Whitney (Brij) in 1-1s; (400m) 30 3/5s.
600m: Consul’s Secret (Rb) in 43s; (400m) 27s.
800m: Dominate (K. Kumar) and Golden Express (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Former head better. Both
600m: Armila (Locke) in 42s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Marimba (Locke) in 46 2/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Fit.
Mysore selectionsFROM WILLIAM TELL
Mysore, July 18
The G. Sandhu-tained Rosnovski with Guruprasad in the saddle is tipped to win the 1,200m H. H. Maharaja J. Wadiyar Golf Club Gold Trophy tomorrow.
2.45 pm: All Fired Up 1. Dream Come True 2. Comic Blush 3.
3.15 pm: Laddy Scarlet 1. Enthralling Parade 2. Class Conscious 3.
3.45 pm: Treaure Island 1. Tequila Ride 2. Navarone 3.
4.15 pm: Decorated Hero 1. Fast Runner 2. Cyclades 3.
4.45 pm: Rosnovski 1. Red Red Wine 2. Greek Lady 3.
5.15 pm: A For Alfa 1. You Bee Forty 2. Nooreen 3.
Day’s Best: Lady Scarlet Double: All Fired Up & Treasure Island
Note: Alsam Kader who has started the track work this morning will resume his riding engagements on July 22.