Tollygunge sail past Bhratri
CRA officials summoned by IFA
Yogesh Gore set for title

Calcutta, Sept. 3: 

What was expected to be a keen contest between two sides trying to establish themselves as the third force in city soccer turned out to be a low-key affair. At the end of it, Tollygunge Agragami emerged 2-0 winners over Bhratri Sangha and consolidated their position in the second spot on the Super Division League table.

Bhratri, who had a great chance to close in on leaders Mohun Bagan with a victory today, never suggested they were willing to go that way and produced a tame display. They completed their first-phase with 18 points from nine games.

Tollygunge have 19 with matches remaining against East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan have 21 from seven and East Bengal are languishing at 14 from seven.

Tollygunge didn’t quite exert themselves it seemed, yet, looked the better side on view and restricted Bhratri’s movements to the middle of the pitch. Not that they did significantly better upfront but scored two quality goals not regularly seen in Maidan football.

The first came in the 11th minute from debutant Akeem Abolanle — younger brother of East Bengal’s Nigerian medio Isiaka Awoyemi. He was generously helped by defender Babun Kar who made a mess of a simple clearance. Akeem took the ball into the penalty box and sent in a left-footed volley after it seemed as if he had dragged the ball to a difficult angle.

Midfielder Sandip Das hit the second ten minutes from close after the regular strikers failed to take a crack at the goal despite finding space inside the penalty box. The ball appeared to have gone out of danger but Das flung himself into the air to send a side-volley to the roof of the net.

Tollygunge forced two more chances in the first half but Khemtang Paite’s header and Shashthi Duley’s long-ranger missed the mark narrowly. Bhratri’s best chance went abegging in the 38th minute when Abdul Khalique failed to get the tip of his boot to Christian Okolonko’s low cross which rolled across the face of the goal.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy; Reaz-ul Mustafa, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Dey, Amitava Chanda; Mehtab Hussain, Sandip Das, Khemtang Paite, Shashthi Duley; Moses Owira, Akeem Abolanle.

BHRATRI SANGHA: Abhijit Mondal; Babun Kar, Nilanjan Guha, Ahmed Al-Dikash, Arun Malhotra (Soumen Sarkar, 65); Palash Karmakar, Abdul Sadiq, Bastab Roy (Mohammed Kaiser, 76), Hafa Hamid Safaa; Christian Okolonko, Abdul Khalique.

Referee: Jayanta Sarkar.

Kalighat win 3-1

Kalighat Club beat Howrah Union 3-1 in a first division group A league match. The winners struck through A. Dey, S. Basu and S. Das. Surajit Sarkar pulled one back for Howrah Union. Nripendra Chhetry scored for Wari in the 1-0 win over Calcutta Customs. Monojit Sarkar and Binoy Saha scored for Eastern Railway against CFC who replied through Kumaresh Bhawal.    

Calcutta, Sept. 3: 
The IFA’s disciplinary committee today summoned representatives of the Calcutta Referees’ Association (CRA) in connection with incidents of violence during and following last Tuesday’s George Telegraph-Mohammedan Sporting match.

The linesman was beaten up by George players during the match, and the club coach and an official allegedly instigated players to raid the CRA tent afterwards.

The disciplinary committee is dealing with the second incident with the league sub-committee looking into matters on-field. The league sub-committee meeting fell through today and will be held tomorrow. Players mentioned in the referee’s report have been asked to be present.

Disciplinary committee chairman Shibaji Banerjee said CRA secretary Kamal Sarkar has been told to appear before the committee Wednesday along with trainee referee Subir Guha Thakurta, who was injured during the ‘invasion’.

The disciplinary committee also summoned George coach Raghu Nandy and official Bacchu Gupta Thursday. Meanwhile, league sub-committee chairman Pradip Bose has decided to stay away from meetings regarding this particular issue. “Some unpleasant things happened on the first day (Saturday) when we met on this issue and I have decided to boycott the meetings,” he said.


Calcutta, Sept. 3: 
Yogesh Gore of Chattisgad is set to win the WBCA Fide-rated meet. The 27th seed stayed in lead with nine points after the tenth and penultimate round at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Gore is followed by Bengal’s Dipanjan Das who has eight. The two meet in the final round tomorrow and even a draw will be enough for Gore who has a better progressive score.

Ten players share the third spot on 7.5 points. They are Aminul Islam, Amardeep Bartakke, R. Balasubramanium, Pradip Ghosh, D.P. Singh, Somak Palit, Roktim Bandopadhyay, R. Preetham Sharma, Debashish Mukherjee and Jorgh Schwalfinder.

Ratanmani’s feat

Agartala swimmer Ratanmani Roy Chowdhury (Das) successfully competed in two long-distance swimming meets in Greece recently. The 46-year-old registered a record in her age group while crossing the Gulf of Toroneous (26 kms) on July 21. She clocked eight hours and 20 minutes. On August 25, she took seven hours 15 minutes in the Thrichonida Marathon (22 kms).

Rohtas record

Rohtas Singh hit an eight-under 62 to better Mukesh Kumar’s course record at the Madras Gymkhana yesterday.

According to information received here, his effort earned his team the title in the pro-am event of the Hyundai-MGC Open.

Pappan and his team edged out Vishal Singh’s team to take the second spot. Rohtas’ team included M.Y. Ramesh, Nalli Viswanath and C.S. Chang. Pappan teamed up with V.J. Bharat, R.N. Naik and D.G. Kim.


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