Tolly hand Bagan first loss
Coach passes the buck to referee
Peerless, CFC win
Mysore Races/ Sterling Fantasy for Gold Cup
Mysore Races/ Scenic Bay romps home
Calcutta Races/ Alamito impresses

Calcutta, Sept. 13: 

A spirited Tollygunge Agragami inflicted the season’s first defeat on Mohun Bagan today, thereby infusing new life into the Super Division championship leg.

The 0-2 humbling at the Salt Lake Stadium reduced Mohun Bagan’s lead over closest contenders East Bengal to four points. If that difference comes down further to two points, the championship issue will be resolved through a play-off.

Mohun Bagan can’t afford to relax one bit in their remaining two matches. If they can beat Calcutta Port Trust (CPT) Wednesday, a draw with East Bengal in their last game will give Mohun Bagan their first league title in four years. Any other permutation could push them to the play-off.

It was a combination of ill luck and some purposeful soccer by Tollygunge that broke Mohun Bagan’s phenomenal 14-match winning streak this season. The Federation Cup champions let in a soft opening goal, courtesy a Dulal Biswas mistake. Also, two good Abdulateef Seriki attempts in the first half were cleared from the goalline by defenders Sandip Das (10th minute) and Partha Sarathi Dey (45th).

The first incident, in fact, led to a minor controversy. Jose Ramirez Barreto’s through pass had Seriki rushing forward. Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy beat the Nigerian to the ball only to lose control. Seriki pounced on the ricochet and shot in, only to see the ball being deflected over the goalline by Sandip Das.

Mohun Bagan players claimed a penalty, indicating that the ball had brushed the Tollygunge defender’s hand. But referee Chittaranjan Das Majumdar was firm in his decision to award a flag-kick.

On the stroke of half-time, Seriki’s glancing header off a Rennedy Singh free-kick had Partha Sarathi Dey reacting quickly to nod the ball out of harm’s way.

Five minutes earlier, Amitava Chanda had given Tollygunge the lead with a fortuituous strike. His left-footer from an acute angle rolled in off right-back Dulal’s leg even as goalkeeper Bivash Ghosh seemed to have the ball covered at the first post.

Wing-back Amitava, pushed up the field in the 34th minute, excelled in his makeshift attacking role and set up the second goal with a classical counter-attack. Collecting a loose ball just inside the Mohun Bagan half, Amitava sped forward and squared the ball for Akim to blast in a right-footer from 10 yards out.

Amitava was hero No. 1 for Tollygunge today, but they had other useful contributors as well. Sandip Nandy was outstanding under the bar, his anticipations thwarting the likes of Seriki and Amar Ganguly time and again. Sandip Das did a good job of blocking Seriki and Barreto whenever the duo approached striking zone. Mehtab Hossain and Sashthi Duley caught the eye in midfield. Almost everyone did the job they were assigned.

Organised in defence and almost flawless in their passing, Tollygunge managed to frustrate their heavyweight opponents with bouts of possession football. Denying Mohun Bagan an early goal, Tollygunge gradually shed their defensive appoach and raided the enemy zone whenever they got a sniff of an opening.

Mohun Bagan had their chances in the second half. Rennedy Singh, Amar Ganguly (twice) and even Barreto missed sitters. It was just not their day.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy, Reazul Mustafa, Partha Sarathi Dey, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Amitava Chanda, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Das, Khemtang Paite (Biswanath Mondal, 34), Sashthi Duley, Nazimul Haque (Akim, 21), Moses Owira.

MOHUN BAGAN: Bivash Ghosh, Dulal Biswas, Amauri da Silva, Palash Ghosh (Kajal Bhattacharya, 39), Lolendra Singh, Debjit Ghosh, Rennedy Singh (R.P. Singh, 56), Basudeb Mondal (Amar Ganguly, 46), James Singh, Abdulateef Seriki, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

Referee: Chittaranjan Das Majumdar.


Calcutta, Sept. 13: 
Subrata Bhattacharya was an angry man after Tollygunge Agragami had stopped Mohun Bagan’s 14-match winning run this season with a 2-0 verdict at Salt Lake Stadium today. All his ire was directed at Chittaranjan Das Majumdar, the man with the whistle in the Super Division championship leg encounter.

“He (referee) denied us two clear penalties, how could we win? He didn’t see a hand-ball on the goalline and a clear case of tripping of Debjit (Ghosh),” the coach alleged.

After a moment’s pause, Subrata went a step further. “It was a case of dishonest, motivated refereeing. Last year also, this man had denied us a penalty against Mohammedan Sporting. It’s because of people like him that referees get beaten up by players and officials.”

Refusing to grant Tollygunge any credit, Subrata said Mohun Bagan could have won by a big margin. “We should have scored six goals and won easily. It was just a bad day for us.”

Reflecting on the possibility of a championship play-off match, Subrata said: “If we are forced into that because of sub-standard refereeing, what can we do? They are pushing us into pressure situations.” Mohun Bagan can win the title outright if they don’t lose more than two points in their remaining matches (against Calcutta Port Trust and East Bengal).

Against Port next Wednesday, Mohun Bagan will have to make do with a depleted midfield. Rennedy Singh and James Singh would have left for the national camp, while Debjit Ghosh would be out with two bookings. Clearly, that is worrying Subrata.

‘Bagan no great team’

Amal Dutta was a contented man. “I had said before that Mohun Bagan is no great team, I proved it today,” the veteran said with typical arrogance.

“The youngsters played very well and carried out our plan perfectly. They made three openings, but we also could have scored two more goals. We were definitely the better team today.”


Calcutta, Sept. 13: 
CFC overcame Rajasthan by a brace of goals in the first division group A tie of the Calcutta Football League today.

Uttam Majhi and Srikanta Das scored for the winners. Ranjit Mondal of CFC was given marching orders for arguing with referee Sajal Basu.

In another tie, Peerless defeated Eastern Railway by a similar margin.

In third division relegation play-off matches, Garden Reach beat Rashbehari ABM 6-3, via the tiebreaker. Jorabagan outplayed Beleghata AC 3-0.

National Sports Club defeated Chaitaly Sangha 6-3, via the tiebreaker to emerge fourth division champions.

The teams were locked 1-1 at the breather. Both teams have qualified to play in the third division next season.

CRA meeting

The Calcutta Referees’ Association (CRA) will hold a meeting tomorrow at their tent to protest against what they called “baseless allegations” against them by “a section of the club officials”.

Around 100 officials representing various clubs at a meeting yesterday blamed the referees’ inept handling of duties for the downfall of soccer standards at the Maidan.

They alleged that referees can easily be bribed to rig League matches and that certain referees are even motivated.


Mysore, Sept. 13: 
It is Aerobee versus Sterling Fantasy, the best of the nine 40 and above runners, to battle it out for the 1,600m Maharaja’s Gold Cup, tomorrow’s main attraction. On sheer consistancy, Aerobee looks to hold the advantage but going by the past record of Sterling Fantasy and also by his untried fourth in his only start here, the Placerville-Lyrical Fantasy gelding looks to have come into his own.The Robert Foley-ward with J. Abraham in the saddle is tipped to win the trophy.


2.15 pm: Power Extreme 1. Daiimio 2. Silver Eyes 3.

2.45 pm: Diamond Rock 1. Reach Excellence 2. Dusty Street 3.

3.15 pm: Peter Pepper 1. Ancheta 2. Golden Throne 3.

3.45 pm: Future Fame 1. Almond 2. Baaja Bajaav 3.

4.15 pm: Sterling Fantasy 1. Aerobee 2. Mr. Belvedere 3.

4.45 pm: Golden Collection 1. Soviet Park 2. Screen Play 3.

5.15 pm: Leading Conquest 1. Roman Flame 2. Atalantis 3.

Day’s Best: Peter Pepper

Double: Future Fame & Sterling Fantasy


Mysore, Sept. 13: 
Trained by Robert Foley and ridden by B. Prakash, Scenic Bay posted a runaway victory in the Madras Race Club Cup, at the Mysore races held on Thursday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1.Panchgani Plate 1,200m: (7-12-5) Juarra (I. Chisty) 1; Al Bashir 2; Gordon’s Pet 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 15; 21; 17; Quinella: 98; Tanala: 284. Fav: Juarra (7). (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of the second placed horse).

2. Chettinad Stud Gold Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (4-7-1) Renzino (Mrs Storai) 1; Squeeze 2; Silent Honour 3. Won by: Nk; 2-1/4; (1-26.4). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 10; 16; 14; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 197. Fav: Silent Honour (1).

3. Eclipse Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-7-5) Bold Commander (Prakash) 1; Ever Ever 2; Plain Truth 3. Not run: Free World (3). Won by: 4-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-14.5). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 25; 14; Quinella: 68; Tanala: 398. Fav: Bold Commander (2).

4. Fair Wood Plate 1,600m: (5-3-2) Starry Halo (S. Narredu) 1; Splendid View 2; Goebbels 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 3-3/4; (1-39.3). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 21; 92; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 658. Fav: Starry Halo (5).

5. Madras Race Club Cup 1,200m: (4-2-8) Scenic Bay (Prakash) 1; Stormsky 2; Rdical 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-13.7). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 22; 31; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 1,092. Fav: Scenic Bay (4).

6. Chettinad Stud Gold Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (4-6-5) Akasaka (Shakti) 1; Spectacular Style 2; Atomic Fusion 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Hd; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 13; 13; 14; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 244. Fav: Spectacular Style (6).

7. Thundering Plate 1,600m: (6-1-2) Compliance (Prakash) 1; Acceptor 2; Augill Castle 3. Won by: 2-1/4; Nk; (1-39). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 14; 22; 15; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 637. Fav: Augill Castle (2).

8. Eclipse Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-1-2) Gracious Rohit (Surjeet) 1; Scandal Sheet 2; Special Crown 3. Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (1-15.2). Tote: Win Rs 69; Place: 29; 21; 47; Quinella: 226; Tanala: 4,708. Fav: Medwin (8).

Jackpot: Rs 3,931; (C) Rs 148.

Treble: (i) Rs 91; (ii) Rs 1,547.


Calcutta, Sept. 13: 
Alamito and Alkido were impressive when the following horses worked today.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Solo Act (Rutherford) in 1-50s; (400m) 32s.Easy.

800m: Freedom Warrior (Amil) in 1-2s; (400m) 32s..

Monsoon track

1,600m: Alamito (C. Alford) and Alkido (Rabani) in 1-52s; (400m) 27s. Former was a length better.

1,200m: Endless Surprise (C. Alford) in 1-23s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

800m: Lockers Park (Rabani) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Heaven’s Blessing (Shanker) in 55s; (400m) 25s.Good. Kargil Soldier (Gowli) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. On The Bit (F. Khan) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Sadaf (Connorton) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Glass Slipper (Gowli) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Beau Bruno (F. Khan) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Good. Ace of Spades (Connorton) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Anokato (Connorton) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Fit.

Sand track

1,800m: Desert Force (Amjad K.) in 2-22s; (400m) in 29s.

800m: Bul Bul (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Bird’s Empire (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Red Trident (Upadhya) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s.


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