Tolly rally to overcome JCT
Sachin was out first ball: Gough
Bagan go in without Barreto
IFA retort at AFC demand
Golf meet from Friday
Nandy suffers concussion
Calcutta Races/Singh brothers may call the shots
Mumbai Races/Flymetothemoon may do it again

 
 
TOLLY RALLY TO OVERCOME JCT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
Tollygunge Agragami pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind win over JCT in an action-packed National Football League (NFL) match at Salt Lake Stadium today.

The visitors went ahead in the 13th minute through a beautifully-executed goal from Hardip Gill. But Akeem Abulanle handed Tollygunge the equaliser after 12 minutes and Ashim Biswas sealed the tie for the home team in the dying minutes of the match.

What took the centrestage, though, despite such attacking exploits from both teams, was a major on-field accident, involving two Tollygunge players.

The match was 88-minute old when JCT’s Ram Pal sent in a right-wing cross towards the Tollygunge box. Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy moved up to claim the catch while defender Subhashish Roy Chowdhury rushed towards the goal following the ball’s swing. There was, indeed, a few JCT players threatening nearby, but Nandy had a clear view of the ball and in a better position to thwart the danger. But then disaster struck.

Nandy and Subhashish collided in the air. The former fell unconscious immediately and remained so till he was driven off the field by an ambulance after four minutes. His colleague overcame the shock and continued to play.

A shocked Subhashish later described the incident as “frightening”. “After the aerial collision, I fell and could not remember anything thereafter. When I finally got up, I saw Sandip being taken off in an ambulance,” recalled the Tollygunge defender.

This apart, JCT’s Stephen Abarowei was thrown out of the match for his ghastly 29th-minute kick on Tollygunge medio Sandip Das and Taranjib Singh suffered a right knee lock deep into the second half, adding more dramatic anecdotes to the match proper.

And what a match it turned out to be! Both teams kept up an attacking display throughout 90 minutes, keeping the match open till Ashim’s last-gasp matchwinner.

National coach Sukhwinder Singh’s side could have taken the lead in the fourth minute itself when Nandy fisted away a Hardip Gill lob on the edge of the box and the ball took the crosspiece for a corner. The same action unfolded again nine minutes later and this time Gill succeeded. The JCT striker received a right-flank Hardip Saini cross inside the 18-yard box and seeing Nandy move up, lobbed in over his head.

Not let down by the early setback, Aloke Mukherjee’s team kept up their attacking momentum and scored the equaliser in the 25th minute in style. Moses Owira, having received a pass, back-heeled to a moving Akeem as the JCT back four was completely flummoxed by the move. Akeem ran down an open right flank and coolly placed the ball in past JCT captain Arving Kumar in the near post.

Akeem again came close to scoring in the second half, his shot forcing a brisk save from the JCT goalkeeper, before Saini’s side-volley ricocheted off the woodwork.

Then, as Tollygunge were trying to recover from the trauma of the collision, substitute Ashim changed the entire scenario. Sasthi swung a right-wing cross and Mehtab Hossain stumbled upon the ball after it was headed back to him by a JCT defender. Mehtab, who was slightly off-balance, pushed it to Ashim in the open and the 70-minute replacement tapped in from close.

TEAMS

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy (Gopal Das, 88); Srikrishna Ghosh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Amitava Chanda; Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Das, Khemtang Paite, Sasthi Duley; Moses Owira (Ashim Biswas, 70), Akeem Abulalne.

JCT: Arvind Kumar; Taranjib Singh (Sandeep Sharma, 49), Ranjit Singh, Balkar Singh, Daljit Singh; Hardip Saini, Harinder Singh (Harvinder Singh Jr., 62), Ram Pal, Hardip Sangha, Hardip Gill, Stephen Abarowei.

Referee: S. Bharath Mani (Karnataka).

   

 
 
SACHIN WAS OUT FIRST BALL: GOUGH 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Jan. 29: 
Darren Gough said today that England were not downcast at trailing 1-3 and still had the ability to bounce back and level the ODI series. The allrounder praised the batting skills of Sachin Tendulkar and also rated Virender Sehwag very highly but did not consider him a Tendulkar in the making.

“We are not far behind. It could easily have been 2-2 in this series, with a little bit of luck. The rub of the green hasn’t been going our way.”

Gough, however, said that the decision favouring Sachin in Kanpur still rankled. He echoed the sentiments of the team, saying everyone felt Sachin had snicked the first ball of the innings to the wicketkeeper. “I think there was a strong case (for Sachin being given out). Everyone (in the team) believed it that way,” said the bowler who would have been credited with Sachin’s wicket had the decision gone in England’s favour.

Gough felt that if Sachin had been dismissed earlier, the result could have gone either way. Media manager Andrew Walpole refused to comment on whether England had lodged another complaint on the standard of umpiring.

Expressing satisfaction with his performance in the series so far, Gough said bowling in Indian conditions was extremely difficult, especially for a seamer, as there was little bounce in the wickets. He said that in keeping with the rotation policy being adopted by the team management, he would not be piqued if he was replaced by Andrew Caddick for the next two matches.

Gough felt that the trio of fast bowlers, Mathew Hoggard, Caddick and himself were the best available in his country, but that in Indian conditions only two could play.

   

 
 
BAGAN GO IN WITHOUT BARRETO 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto will miss tomorrow’s National Football Laegue tie between Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar at Salt Lake Stadium. The star striker will be out because of a double booking.

A win will give Mohun Bagan a chance to try and climb to the top of the table. Coach Subrata Bhattacharya said it would be a test for the other players to prove their worth.

Subrata played down Barreto’s absence, but his Salgaocar counterpart Savio Medera made no bones about admitting tomorrow’s tie “is open without Barreto”. Subrata said he needed a win, but it will be a difficult task with Salgaocar (at 15 points from nine matches) hardly willing to oblige. Mohun Bagan are on 18 points from nine matches.

Apart from Barreto, R.P. Singh will also be out of action because of double bookings.

Salgaocar’s forte is their seasoned players in the likes of Bruno Coutinho, Denis Cabral and Sunday Seah.

   

 
 
IFA RETORT AT AFC DEMAND 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
While the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today asked for an independent probe into the IFA Shield final fracas involving East Bengal and Palmeiras of Brazil, association joint secretary Ranjit Gupta later said it was alright and was sure the IFA would in no way be harmed.

He said he was “welcoming the decision and would co-operate with the committee which the AFC expects to comprise three, including a retired judge.

The AFC directive says that it was necessary to look into why the huge fracas did erupt and how the scheduling was done. This was an issue raised by team managers on the eve of the October 7 final. The IFA decided to award the Shield to East Bengal after Palmeiras players launched into an attack and the police and East Bengal players moved in.

Reacting to AFC secretary Peter Velappan’s comment that the AFC was “extremely disappointed” with the violence that erupted “tarnishing the image of the Shield, Indian and Asian football”, Gupta said: “Let them investigate. I am confident that the IFA cannot be blamed the least for the incident.”

The AIFF later said it will take a decision on the committee after “detailed discussions”.

   

 
 
GOLF MEET FROM FRIDAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
About 51 teams representing consulates, business houses and trading organisations from different parts of the country will be seen in action at Tollygunge Club for the inaugural Consular Corps of Calcutta golf meet.

The 18-hole meet will be played on February 1 and 2 under newly-devised scramble format.

Each team consists of four players. Of the total teams, eight will be coming from different consulates or high commissions.

Inter-school tennis

Top seeded La Martiniere for Girls today stormed into the semi-finals of the team championship of the inter-school tennis meet. They defeated St Paul’s Boarding and Day School 2-0 at SAI Centre.

In the boys’ section, La Martiniere for Boys, St James’, Don Bosco and Calcutta Boys’ School made it into the last eight stage.

   

 
 
NANDY SUFFERS CONCUSSION 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
Tollygunge Agragami goalkeeper Sandip Nandy today clashed with a teammate, suffering serious head injuries during their National Football League match versus JCT at the Salt Lake Stadium. Nandy lost consciousness for about four minutes and had to be rushed to the hospital.

“Sandip has regained consciousness, but is still in critical condition,” club secretary Mantoo Ghosh said later. Dr Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta, who attended the footballer both on and off the field, later said the loss of consciousness was due to “sudden pressure on the brain, leading to what we call a cerebral concussion. Luckily, there was no internal bleeding.”

Nandy, in the air for a save, ran his head into the chest of Subhashish Roy Chowdhury. Nandy dropped unconscious and worried colleagues quickly called for the ambulance at the ground. Nandy was taken to a nearby diagnostic centre, Suraksha, where he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. He will be under observation for a day, said the doctor. A CT scan revealed no anomalies. Nandy received seven stitches on the ear. He needs complete bed-rest for at least a week, Dasgupta said.

Coach Aloke Mukherjee, accompanied by all Tollygunge footballers later visited Nandy at the hospital.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/SINGH BROTHERS MAY CALL THE SHOTS 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 29: 
Singh brothers, Vijay and Bharath, are expected to call the shots in tomorrow’s feature event, the Eastern Air Command Cup which has been split in two divisions. While Bharath ‘s Aberdan looks good to notch up his third straight win of the season in the upper division, Vijay’s sparingly raced Calculate possesses lot of class and may win the division two. Cristopher Alford partners the two, four-year-olds.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 12.35 p.m.

Atreas Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rated 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 0000 Iron Warrior [Rodrigues] A. P. Singh 60.5 3
2 0033 Bay Dragon [Daniel] J. Abraham 60.0 4
3 0400 Brave Show [Bharath] S. Rabani 58.5 2
4 --2240 Tsaynen Blue [Javed] R. Gowli 57.5 6
5 0000 Tuscaloosa [Mujeeb] S. Shanker 57.0 9
6 4040 Touch of Elegance [Jaiswal] Dalpat S. 56.5 5
7 0402 Kyalami [R. Alford] Brij S. 52.5 8
8 0232 Calculus [Asfand] Md Amil 51.0 1
9 4004 Keep The Faith [Jaiswal] I. Chisty 47.5 7

1.Touch of Elegance (6) 2. Kyalami (7) 3. Brave Show (3)

Touch of Elegance: Ignore her last run. Has done well in race no. 28. Kyalami: Lost narrowly over 1,200m. May do better over the present trip. Brave Show: May place.

2nd Race at 1.10 p.m.

Lightning Sketch Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, 6-y-o- over Rt. 22-50)Indian jockeys only
1 - 003 Brave Venture [Daniel] B. Gurang 61.0 1
2 4330 Flying Scot [Javed] R. Gowli 60.0 8
3 0022 Simply Monarch [Daniel] A. P. Singh 60.0 6
4 0000 Classic Pursuit [Bharath] S. Rabani 59.0 7
5 4440 Rheinheart [Bath] S. Shanker 56.5 2
6 0410 Black Mane [Karki] Md Amil 55.5 11
7 0000 Spanish Drum’s [Daniel] J. Abraham 55.0 10
8 0003 Beau Bruno [Stephens] Rutherford 54.5 9
9 - 012 Royal Philosopher [Daniel] Asghar 54.5 3
10 - 000 Simply Dashing [Daniel] R. Ahmed 54.5 5
11 1000 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] Brij S. 52.5 4

1. Spanish Drum’s (7) 2. Beau Bruno (8) 3. Simply Monarch (3)

Spanish Drum’s: Something big is brewing with him. Looking and working well. Beau Bruno: Came from nowhere to place a good third. Simply Monarch: May place.

3rd Race at 1.15 p.m.

Pearson Surita Memorial Cup 2,000m (Cl II; Cl III, eligible Rt. 44-94)
1 0210 Harry The Horse [Stephens] Rutherford 60.0 8
2 3011 Set Aside [Asfand] Md Islam 59.0 3
3 1100 Alamito [Bharath] S. Rabani 55.0 1
4 4402 Among Men [Javed] R. Gowli 55.0 4
5 - - 00 Arristo [Darius] C. Alford 54.0 7
6 0404 Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] I Chisty 54.0 2
7 - 200 Argolis [Daniel] N. Connorton 53.0 5
8 - 412 Accrete [Vijay] S. Shanker 51.0 6

1. Arristo (5) 2. Accrete (8) 3. Among Men (4)

Arristo: A decent fifth in the Oaks. May take some beating. Accrete: Ignore his last run. Capable of doing better. Among Men: May upset.

4th Race at 2.25 p.m.

Galstaun Cup 1,400m (Terms, 3-y-o only) — Indian jockeys only
1 ---- Afflutter [Vijay] C. Alford 50.0 5
2 - - - 0 Approval [Mujeeb] Md Amil 50.0 1
3 - - -0 Arian [R. Alford] S. Tamang 50.0 4
4 - - 00 Pehlvan [Bharath] S. Rabani 50.0 8
5 0420 Royal City [Daniel] J. Abraham 50.0 3
6 ---- Saladin [Stephens] Rutherford 50.0 6
7 - - 00 Mahika’s Pet [R. Alford] Brij S. 48.5 2
8 0004 Social Girl [Daniel] Md Yasin 48.5 7

1. Saladin (6) 2. Afflutter (1) 3. Royal City (5)

Saladin: A Razeen-colt and fit enough to strike in his debut. Afflutter: Working and looking well.Aspiring to win the first time out. Royal City: May place.

5th Race at 3.00 p.m.

Eastern Air Command Cup, Div-I 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72)
1 0002 Immaculate [Daniel] J. Abraham 60.5 7
2 0200 Si Senora [Darius] R. Gowli 59.0 3
3 0003 Yukon [Asfand] A. P. Singh 59.0 5
4 3000 Raring To Go [Daniel] N. Connorton 55.5 1
5 0000 Giorgio [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 54.0 10
6 0000 Ornate Crown [Mujeeb] Md Amil 54.0 11
7 0300 Venus [Javed] Som S. 53.0 2
8 3111 Aberdan [Bharath] C. Alford 51.0 8
9 0004 Charlene [Bharath] Md Islam 51.0 9
10 0000 Excellent Striker [Daniel] Saran S. 49.5 4
11 0000 New Fortune [Daniel] Md Yasin 48.0 6

1. Aberdan (8) 2. Si Senora (2) 3. Yukon (3)

Aberdan: Heading for a hattrick of wins. May cash in on his form. Si Senora: Had troubled Set Aside who won again. Yukon: Looks improved. Upset, if any.

6th Race at 3.35 p.m.

Eastern Air Command o Cup, Div-II 1,400m (Cl III—Rt.44-72)
1 0000 Pretty Boy Floyd [Rodrigues] Engineer 60.0 9
2 2132Peace Envoy [Daniel] J. Abraham 59.0 3
3 3401 Raaz [Javed] E. Smith 57.5 7
4 0024 Revolution [Karki] Brij S. 54.5 4
5 - - 00 Cool Quest [Asfand] R. Gowli 54.0 11
6 0440 Tajik [R. Alford] A. P. Singh 53.5 10
7 - - - 4 Wakamba Warrior [Mujeeb] S. Shanker 51.5 5
8 1231 Calculate [Vijay] C. Alford 51.0 6
9 0024 Mr. Bombshell [Bharath] S. Rabani 51.0 1
10 0000 Midas Touch [Daniel] Md Yasin 48.5 8
11 0300 Santillana [Daniel] S. Salam 47.0 2

1. Calculate (8) 2. Cool Quest (5) 3. Mr Bombshell (9)

Calculate: Sparingly raced. Possesses lot of class. Cool Quest: Working very well. May surprise. Mr Bombshell: Good at the weights but age may prove a stopper.

7th Race at 4.10 p.m.

Ramkirpal Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV—Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 - - 00 Montjeu Star [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.5 8
2 3002 Magnifico [Vijay] Md Islam 59.0 12
3 0400 Soviet Dance [Daniel] Asghar 58.5 5
4 0000 Crowned Prince [Daniel] J. Abraham 58.0 10
5 0441 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] Dalpat S. 57.5 7
6 1000 Zuhaak [Karki] Som S. 56.5 11
7 0010 Fly By Alibi [R. Alford] P. Alford 55.0 9
8 3030 Tequila Shot [Bath] S. Shanker 55.0 2
9 0000 Sencai [Javed] G. Upadhya 53.5 3
10 - 400 Ever So Loyal [Asfand] P. Kujur 52.0 1
11 3222 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 51.5 6
12 0332 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] I Chisty 48.5 4

1. Crowned Prince (4) 2. Magnifico (2) 3. Finders Keepers (12)

Crowned Prince: Ran a very forward race. May win now. Magnifico: Will be threat to all if he overcomes his poor draw. Finders Keepers: May upset.

Day’s Best: Aberdan

Double: Arristo & Calculate
   

 
 
MUMBAI RACES/FLYMETOTHEMOON MAY DO IT AGAIN 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Jan. 29: 
Cooji Katrak’s Flymetothemoon, who in her last start, was hard-pressed to beat a good horse like Lucky Strike, may strike again in the Sweet Memories Trophy in Mumbai on Wednesday. N. McCullagh partners the filly.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Riboletta 1. Furiously 2. Valencia 3.
2.30 pm: Sanaga 1. Colonel’s Dream 2. Wine ‘N’ Song 3.
3 pm: Mandalay Bay 1. Sheer Silver 2. Bruno 3.
3.30 pm: Courtesan 1. Portentous 2. Millennium King 3.
4 pm: Darkside Ofthemoon 1. C’Est Egal 2. Don’t Look Twice 3.
4.30 pm: Flymetothemoon 1. Sedona 2. National Velvet 3.
5 pm: Kraftwerk 1. Miss Sunshine 2. Desert Fighter 3.
5.30 pm: Pique 1. Adams Light 2. Big Bang 3.
6 pm: Aurelia 1. Natural High 2. Caribbean Star 3.

Day’s Best: Courtesan

Double: Sanaga & Aurelia
   
 

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