Kapoor makes Bagan’s day on treacherous turf
Forwardline EB’s worry
IFA-Subhas meeting today
Mysore Racing/ Vivid Dreams for RWITC Trophy
Calcutta Races/ Three for Thursday’s Commuter Cup
Track Trials/ Arendal catches attention

Calcutta, July 10: 

Debutant Rishi Kapoor’s left foot spelt doom for George Telegraph today. More importantly, it fetched Mohun Bagan three points from their Super Division campaign-opener at home.

A goal in the red at half-time, courtesy a magical Sujit Neogi free-kick, Mohun Bagan restored parity five minutes after change of ends through latest Nigerian acquisition Abdulateef Seriki.

With every passing minute making the muddy park even more messy, a draw looked imminent — till the Mohun Bagan left-back pulled a rabbit out of his hat seven minutes from full-time.

As a routine Lolendra Singh flag-kick floated into the goalmouth, George central defender Amritalal Biswas was the first to get his head to the ball. It seemed a safe enough clearance, but Kapoor had other ideas. Trapping the ball 30 yards from goal, he let go an angular left-footer which whizzed past a stunned defence and crashed into the net.

The goal apart, Kapoor gave a good account of himself on a day when his teammates struggled to master the unplayable conditions — best described by George coach Raghu Nandy as more of a rugby turf than a soccer pitch.

The handsome Delhi boy — who spent a season each with Sesa, Salgaocar and ITI before heading for the City of Joy — was hardly tested at the rear, but showed decent positional sense and distribution skills.

Seriki, the other newcomer who served Tollygunge Agragami well last season, operated from a limited zone upfront and threatened the George citadel from time to time.

Crosses flowed in from either flank, targeting the tall Nigerian. One such sortie, emanating from the right, brought Mohun Bagan on level terms early in the second half.

James Singh’s curling free-kick found Seriki on top of the box and, for once, his header had the power and placement to beat Shankar Dey.

With Basudeb Mondal watching from the press box — Mohun Bagan didn’t risk playing him as he has excused himself from the national camp due to his father’s illness — and Jose Ramirez Barreto policed by Dibyendu Panja, Subrata Bhattacharya’s team sorely missed a gamemaker.

Barreto still managed to break free three-four times, coming up with trademark passes which went abegging. In the process, though, the Brazilian picked up a yellow card for elbow-charging his marker.

The accent was on crosses from the wings by overlapping wing-backs and medios, but the George defence handled those pretty competently. There were more high balls in the form of half-a-dozen futile corners that Mohun Bagan forced in the first 30 minutes.

The young George boys relished the mud and slush, running hard and tackling first-time to frustrate their established rivals. It was George who had the first real chance, in the 15th minute.

Prasanta Dora charged at the ball hastily and fisted it out straight into Supratik Ain’s path. The striker, lone man upfront for George, stroked the ball a foot wide of target.

Eight minutes from half-time, Sujit silenced the 20,000-odd crowd with a superb goal. With referee Gopinath Pyne refusing to apply the advantage rule following a Hussain Mustafi foul on Panja, the George stopper stepped up for the resultant free-kick. From about 28 yards out, he swerved a right-footer high and wide to Dora’s left for a stunning conversion.

The second session saw George go totally on the defensive, letting Mohun Bagan wriggle out of a tight corner.


MOHUN BAGAN: Prasanta Dora, Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Debjit Ghosh, Rishi Kapoor, James Singh, Jayanta Sen (Sumit Sengupta, 46), Lolendra Singh (Bhabani Mohanty, 59), Abdulateef Seriki, R.C. Prakash (Amar Ganguly, 21), Jose Ramirez Barreto.

GEORGE TELEGRAPH: Shankar Dey, Sukumar Mallick, Sujit Neogi, Amritalal Biswas, Raja Guha Thakurta, Ashish Das (Pinku Banerjee, 69), Snehanshu Rudra, Biman Mondal, Jagrata Sarkar (Pratap Senapati, 81), Dibyendu Panja, Supratik Ain (Prasanta Chakraborty, 83).

Referee: Gopinath Pyne.


Calcutta, July 10: 
Champions East Bengal launch their Super Division campaign against Port Trust tomorrow in a none too comfortable frame of mind.

The problem for coach Manoranjan Bhattacharya is basically his forwardline. Dipendu Biswas and Srikanta Datta will start as the duo upfront, and the only back-up is Lalvulaiya.

I.M. Vijayan’s transfer has still not been formalised, and none of their foreign players have arrived.

The treacherous condition of all Maidan grounds is a headache for all big teams.

The one advantage East Bengal enjoy is the fact that their XI comprises local men, save Dipak Mondal. Surya Chakraborty is expected to complete the rearline made up of Falguni Datta, Dipak and Ranjan Dey. Manning the midfield will be Tushar Rakshit, Dipankar Roy, Anit Ghosh and Chandan Das.

Port, who drew against George in their opener, will be no pushovers. Having got their berth back in the premier league after a year in group A, they have a youthful side coached by Prasanta Banerjee.

Bhratri’s second win

Bhratri Sangha notched up their second consecutive win in the Super Division, edging past SAIL 1-0 at Kishore Bharati Stadium today. Mohammed Kaisar scored the winner.

The day’s other Super Division tie, between BNR and FCI, was a non-starter as the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium was unfit for play.

In group A action, Railway FC and Aryan played out a goalless draw. The group B match between Bally Protiva and Police AC fell through.

Tolly opener shifted

Tollygunge Agragami’s opener, against Bhratri Sangha on Thursday, has been shifted to Kishore Bharati Stadium. Tollygunge officials had requested IFA to move their matches out of Rabindra Sarobar Stadium which is in a terrible state. Mohammedan Sporting, meanwhile, will open versus BNR Friday at Howrah Stadium.    

Calcutta, July 10: 
Members of IFA’s core committee have been invited to meet state sports minister Subhas Chakraborty tomorrow.

The minister is expected to discuss IFA’s proposed rally Thursday in demand of tubular structures at the three enclosed Maidan grounds.

According to an IFA source, the state government has already decided to sanction Rs 3 crore, 62 lakh for the tubular structures, and that an official announcement could be made by the sports minister tomorrow.

If that is indeed the case, IFA will call off the Thursday rally.


Mysore, July 10: 
The Narendra-trained Vivid Dreams, a winner of two races in three starts during the Mysore winter, looks home and dry in the hands of jockey Guruprasad to win tomorrow’s main event, the 1,200m Royal Western Turf Club Ltd. Trophy.


1.45 pm: Young Gentleman 1. Bessie 2. Silver Eyes 3.
2.15 pm: Waves of Emotion 1. Careless Beauty 2. Swiss Knife 3.
2.45 pm: Amazing Force 1. Young Lust 2. Dynamic Chief 3.
3.15 pm: Crown Ivory 1. Galleon de Espania 2. Chandana 3.
3.45 pm: Estocade 1. Cruising Away 2. Sunspirit 3.
4.15 pm: Vivid Dreams 1. Golden Throne 2. Almond 3.
4.45 pm: Eyewitness 1. Love And Honor 2. Self Esteem 3.
5.15 pm: Ornate Crown 1. Sinister Minister 2. Kylin 3.

Day’s Best: Vivid Dreams

Double: Crown Ivory & Estocade

Calcutta, July 10: 
The three-horse field of the Commuter Cup gets the top-spot in Thursday’s race-card. First race starts at 1.50 pm.


1. Whimbrel Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 1.50 pm: Bird’s Empire 60; Andrada 58.5; Diplomatic Gesture 56; Storm Centre 55; Global Harmony 54.

2. Balchand Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 2.30 pm: Raaz 60; Beau Bruno 56.5; Pneumatic Power 56.5; Automatic 56; Scavenger’s Son 55.5; Iron Warrior 52.5; Software 52.

3. Commuter Cup 1,200 (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3 pm: Crimson King 60; Alyssum 58; Annalee 57.

4. Kilcloon Handicap 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 3.30 pm: Black Mane 60.5; Flying Scot 59.5; Glass Slipper 57.5; Crest Star 57; Lovely Duchess 54; Angels Venture 53.5.

5. Fire Flash Cup 1,100m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 4.05 pm: Peace Envoy 60; Grand Lodge 57.5; Santillana 57; Solo Act 56.5; Ashbury 56; Master Bold 56; Sky Command 56; High Life 55; Queen’s Logic 53.5.

6. Blacktoi Handicap 1,000m (Cl V, 5-y-o & over Rt. 00-28) 4.40 pm: Nearco Prince 60; Appyness 59.5; Armila 59.5; Stately Honour 59.5; Double Dancer 59; Flying Power 58.5; Consul’s Secret 56.5; Piece of Cake 54; Ghunghat 49.5.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5; & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

Calcutta, July 10: 
Arendal was impressive in today’s track work.

Outer sand track

1400m: Annella (C. Alford) and Alsheim (A. P. Singh) in 1-41s; (400m) 28s. They were level .Treasurer (A. P. Singh) and Albright (C. Alford) in 1-47s; (400m) 28s. Former was 4 ls better. Anolini (C. Alford) and Arendal (A. P. Singh) in 1-40s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Actress (C. Alford) 1-40s; (400m) 27s. Moved easy. Aldridge (A. P. Singh) and Ascoril (C. Alford) in 1-54s; (400m) 34s. Former was far better. Azurica (Gowli) and Winning Hand (Rb) in 2-2s; (400m) 29s. Former ls better. Flamebird (Gowli) in 2-3s; (400m) 32s. No Regrets (Gowli) and Tsaynen Blue (Rb) in 2-5s; (400m) 33s. They were level.

1,200m: Alkido (C. Alford) and Charlene (Rabani) in 1-31s; (400m) 29s. Former was pushed to finishe a length ahead. Alegria (C. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

1,000m: Cup of Life (C. Alford) in 1-14s; (400m) 26s. Note. Alcalde (Rabani) and Aiberni (C. Alforf) in 1-14s; (400m) 29s. They were level.

800m: Flying Scot (Haroon) and Raaz (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Note former who was 4 ls better. Appyness (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 26s.

400m: Angeles (C. Alford) in 30s.

Sand track

1,400m: Georgio (Upadhya) 1-57s; (400m) 30s.

1,200m: Ashbury (C. Alford) in 1-26s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Added Asset (B. Gurang) in 1-32s; (400m) 30s.

1000m: Iron Warrior (Rb) and Storm Centre (Upadhya) in 1-14s; (400m) 27s. They were level.

800m: Santillana (B. Gurang) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Solo Act (Engineer) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Ispahan (F. Khan) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Was handy. Beau Bruno (B. Gurang) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Harry The Horse (F. Khan) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Global Harmony (G. Singh) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s. Sky Command (Bird) in 59s; (400m) 28s. As A Rule (Smith) in 54s; (400m) 26. Fit. Double Dancer (Gowli) 55s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Bird’s Empire (B. Gurang) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Pneumatic Power (Tamang) and Alborada (P. Kumar) in 1-0s; (400m) 25s. Former better.

400m: Chivalrous (Rb) in 28s.

On Monday, outer sand track

800m: Automatic (A. P. Singh) and Andrada (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Level. Auctioneer (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Alyssum (A. P. Singh) and Master Bold (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Former far superior. Anna-lee (C. Alford) and Ascoril (A. P. Singh) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Former too good. Melodeon (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

Sand track

800m: Added Asset (B. Gurang) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Bird’s Empire (P. Kumar) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Beau Bruno (B. Gurang) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Consul’s Secret (Jaiswal) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Friendly Knight (Smith) in 59s; (400m) 27s.    

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