Bagan avenge loss
Upbeat EB take on JCT
East Bengal off to good start
Salim in lead
Nicco in semis
Calcutta Racing/ ‘Harry’ for Governor’s Cup
Mumbai Racing/ Abbeydoran may strike

 
 
BAGAN AVENGE LOSS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
MOHUN BAGAN 2
HAL 1

The day’s scoreline is hardly any indicator of the match played and the domination enjoyed by Mohun Bagan in their Tata National Football League match versus HAL at the Salt Lake Stadium today.

Going by the sitters missed by the home team, including stars Jose Ramirez Barreto and Abdulateef Seriki, Mohun Bagan could have won by at least a six-goal margin.

Wading through the debris of missed chances, Rennedy Singh put the two-time champions ahead in the 30th minute, and then, making a small amend for the opportunities he wasted, Barreto finally struck home in the 81st minute. But Hal struck back four minutes later through Mulisa Jimmy to reduce the margin.

The way HAL had beaten Mohun Bagan (3-1) in the first leg, one expected some doughty soccer from the Bangaloreans. One expected to see some good turn of foot and better shots and neater passes. However, since Tollygunge Agragami wiped clean much of their credibility HAL has been, and were today, a rather unimpressive lot.

Their defence was slow, most of their adventure directed up the left flank, and the only player who shone off all this was their goalkeeper Gumpe Rime. But for him (and the tardy shooting) HAL would have been destroyed. The home pressure started from the 26th minute when a Rennedy shot was saved by Rime. A minute later, Debjit Ghosh’s header from inside the box was headed out from the goalline by Rajendra Prasad, Rime this time a shade out of charge.

Those were early signs. There was some effort by HAL to organise the half line to generate feed to the frontline. But Dayanand wasn’t making much of a headway in that respect and Jimmy’s overacting with fouls came in the way of good soccer.

Supervision was a trifle lax, or Jimmy could have earned a quick booking for ‘diving’. Overall, soccer remained at a pedestrian level.

Then, from near the right touchline, in the HAL defensive third, Basudeb Mondal let go a neat floater of a free-kick. As the ball reached the goalmouth melee, Rennedy out-jumped the defenders to head in rather smartly.

Barreto fouled up a good Basudeb tap from inside the box nine minutes later when he shot out from close with only Rime to beat. Then Seriki added his own bit a couple of minutes later, when he failed to head a Barreto lob, and R.P. Singh rammed the rebound onto the near post. It was a blitz of a camping at the rival goalmouth for Mohun Bagan.

In the 43rd minute, Rennedy was up the right and into the box, passing to Seriki who squared to a better-placed Barreto. The Brazilian, though, looked too slow today and failed to reach as Kentbek Momtov cleared.

There was little by way of a competition around. It was all Mohun Bagan, and it was difficult to believe that this was the HAL team that was among the League toppers not so long back. Not that Mohun Bagan had any game plan worth talking about, but the team looked a combination from heaven in HAL’s disorderly backdrop.

Debjit, incidentally, was a rather active man, and did a great deal in distribution. Rennedy was energetic and Seriki was always looking to the woodwork.

To understand the way things went early in the second half, one can present the following train of events:

54th minute: Seriki header collected by Rime.

64th minute: Barreto into box with only Rime to beat. Rime has no problem taking the ball off Barreto s hesitant feet.

66th minute: Off a Rennedy pass, a Seriki shot takes a diving Rime’s feet and balloons over to land on the roof of the netting.

76th minute: A Barreto shot comes off Momtov’s person and then off the crosspiece. Seriki tries too late to connect an easy header from close.

Those, incidentally, were only some of the wastage. And that Jimmy did get to the rival goal was through a good deal of accumulated lethargy and complacency. He received a pass from the right, travelled much of the mid-third unchallenged, and then got the better of Amouri Da Silva and Hussain Mustafi before side-stepping goalkeeper Bivash Ghosh to score.

Mohun Bagan, after their 14th outing, are now on 25 points. HAL remain on 21.

TEAMS

MOHUN BAGAN: Bivash Ghosh (Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, 90); Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Amouri Da Silva, Rishi Kapoor; R.P. Singh (R.C. Prakash, 79), Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, Rennedy Singh; Jose Ramirez Barreto, Abdulateef Seriki.

HAL: Gumpe Rime; Santosh Kiran, Parmeswaran, Sunil Kumar, Gana Prakash; Sunil Kumar (Sr), Kentbek Momtov, Rajendra Prasad (Louis Nixon, 78), Dayanand; Raja Baliev Nurlan, Mulisa Jimmy.

Referee: J Ravishankar (Delhi).

   

 
 
UPBEAT EB TAKE ON JCT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
High on their new-found confidence, East Bengal run into JCT in a 14th-round National Football League match in Ludhiana tomorrow.

The mood in the camp is upbeat, though coach Subhas Bhowmick is trying to play it down, and the players feel they are well capable of putting it across the former champions.

Bhowmick, though, is quite cautious, saying he would be happy with a draw. According to the track record of the teams so far, East Bengal are way ahead with 20 points from 13 matches. JCT have a miserly seven from 13.

The points’ situation, however, would not be that significant with JCT playing at home and playing for pride. There is pedigree in their ranks and with survival in the apex tier of the League being their aim, they can prove quite a handful. For anybody, as Mahindra United realised recently, after the 1-1 ‘home’ draw with the men from Punjab.

Even then, East Bengal seem to have an edge, purely on current form, but it’s yet to be seen how far they can stretch it.

Tussle for top spot

A keen tussle is likely as Churchill Brothers prepare to face Vasco in another 14th-round tie in Margao, adds PTI. Churchill are occupying the top position with 25 points. Vasco are just one point behind.

The Churchill frontline looks formidable and there has been good support from the midfield as well. But their defence is handicapped in the absence of a number of regular players.

Seah nets winner

In Jalandhar, Sunday Seah struck in the 68th minute to help Salgaocar beat Punjab Police 1-0. The win took Salgaocar to 26 points from 14 points and Punjab Police stayed at the bottom with four from 14.

   

 
 
EAST BENGAL OFF TO GOOD START 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
East Bengal were well placed with 94 without loss at the end of the day in their two-day CAB senior division league second round play-off match versus Young Bengal at the High Court ground. They were replying to Young Bengal’s 289 for nine in 67 overs.

SUMMARISED SCORES

At High Court: Young Bengal 289/9 in 67 ovs (Indrajit Ghatak 75, Moidul Mondal 51, Santanu Banerjee 45, Sudip Mitra 42; Dharmendra Singh 3/57, Shiv Sagar Singh 3/123). East Bengal 94 for no loss in 15 ovs (Ajoy Verma batting 43, Alokendu Lahiri batting 42).

At East Calcutta: Tapan Memorial 345/8 (Shome Kapoor 65, Vishal Yadav 57, Rajib Dutta 46 n.o.; Fakruddin Sajjad 4/68, Khagen Patra 3/76).

Schools’ meet

South Point whipped Jodhpur Park Boys’ HS by 211 runs and Jadavpur HS beat Shyambazar AV by 36 runs in their CAB under-19 inter-school cricket quarter final matches today.

Dipanjan Mustafi of South Point took four wickets for just six runs, including a hattrick.

Both teams have reached the semi-finals, though their opponents are yet to be decided.

SUMMARISED SCORES

South Point 249/8 in 40 ovs (Dipanjan Mustafi 60, Sambit Dey 58). Jodhpur Park 38 in 15.5 ovs (Dipanjan Mustafi 4/6, Sambit Dey 3/10, S. Sarkar 3/11). South Point won by 211 runs.

Jadavpur HS 224 in 39.3 ovs (Debjyoti Sarkar 100; Avik Kar 3/39). Shyambazar AV 188 in 36.5 ovs (S. Bhowmick 45; Tapan Saha 5/50, Mrinmoy Banerjee 3/25). Jadavpur won by 36 runs.

BHA league

Khalsa Blues held Eastern Railway to a goalless draw in an opening group A match.

In the other match of the day, Food Corporation of India (FCI) drubbed Howrah Union 4-1 with Gurdhyan Singh and Sudhir Minz hitting the board twice each. Ashok Singh was the sole scorer for Howrah.

In today’s matches in the ongoing group B, Muslim Institute beat Calcutta Rangers 2-0. J. Ekka and V. Minz were the scorers. Baranagore SC beat Chotanagpur RC 2-1.

   

 
 
SALIM IN LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
Calcutta remains in the golfing limelight. On the opening day of the Rs 6 lakh DHL Open at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club today the Calcutta’s Mohammed Salim negotiated the tricky greens to post two-under 68 score to enjoy a two-stroke lead in the field.

According to information reaching here, in the 22nd leg of the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour, Lucknow’s Jumman followed Salim at par 70, while Dinesh Kumar, Mohammed Maqbool (both Delhi) and S. Madhaiah of Bangalore were in tied third place at one-over 71.

Mukesh Kumar returned a card of two-over 72 and was in tied sixth place along with Rahul Ganapathy (Mysore), local pro Mahendra Bamne and three others. Salim, whose best finish this season was tied ninth place at a ProGolf in his hometown, played a solid round for his 68. He made three birdies – on the fourth, seventh and 18th – and just one bogey, a three-putt on the 14th. But more than the birdies, the 38-year-old was ecstatic about the two pars he saved on the 13th and 16th holes.

Ladies golf

S. Ratia with a nett score of 65 was in the lead on the first day of the Taj Trophy golf meet for ladies at the Tollygunge Club today. She was followed by Sunita Goenka, who shot a nett 67. Sheena Rawla and Rashmi Prasad are joint third. Delhi’s Anjali Chopra is leading in the gross prize.

   

 
 
NICCO IN SEMIS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
Nicco trampled Pepsi 15-0, 15-0 and 15-1, 15-1 in their quarter final play-off in The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup badminton meet at the Saturday Club today.

ITC A overcame Madhya Bharat Paper 2-1. ITC A lost the first match 15-10, 5-15, 7-15 before win the next two 15-0, 15-2 and 15-7, 15-9.

Tisco too made short work of ITC B winning 15-2, 15-3 and 15-2, 15-0. Topsel saw off Blow Plast 15-5, 15-4 and 15-0, 15-2.

In the semi-finals, ITC ‘A’ face Nicco and Topsel take on Tisco.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ‘HARRY’ FOR GOVERNOR’S CUP 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, March 5: 
There is no looking beyond Harry The Horse in the 1,600m Governor’s Cup that takes the centrestage in tomorrow’s race-card. An impressive winner in his last start, the John Stephens-trained five-year-old seems to be maintaining his good form and may score an encore in the hands of apprentice Rutherford Alford. Estocade and Cup of Life may follow the Twist And Turn-Knightsbridge son home.

Race card and selections

1. Prince Royal Handicap 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 1.35 pm: Automatic 60 C. Alford 1; Rescue Act 60 Rabani 4; Regal Rocket 58 Upadhya 2; Leading Conquest 51 I. Chisty 3.

1. RESCUE ACT (2). 2. AUTOMATIC (1) 3. LEADING CONQUEST (4)

2. Daramul Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt 22-50) 2.15 pm: Software 60 M. Reuben 10; New Fortune 59 V. Jaiswal 5; Wandering Warrior 59 P. Alford 4; Tequila Shot 58.5 Shanker 6; Asprey 57 Upadhya 9; Constantine 57 E. Smith 2; Glass Slipper 57 K. Kumar 1; Peppy Mistress 54.5 Gowli 3; Abandoned 54 I. Chisty 8; April Ace 52 S. Salam 7.

1. SOFTWARE (1). 2. PEPPY MISTRESS (8) 3. TEQUILA SHOT (4)

3. Play Boy Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rt 00-28) 2.45 pm: Crest Star 60 Yasin 3; Adorer 59.5 C. Alford 5; Touch of Elegance 57 Brij S. 2; Scenic Song 54.5 Saran S. 1; Don Vittorio 52.5 Shanker 4.

1. TOUCH OF ELEGANCE (3). 2. ADORER (2) 3. DON VITTORIO (5)

4. Bergamo Cup 1,600m (Cl IV, Cl V eligible; Rt 00-50) 3.20 pm: Scavenger’s Son 60 Shanker 2; Black Mane 58 M. Reuben 3; Lucifer 58 Upadhya 1; Azurica 57.5 K. Kumar 11; As A Rule 57 E. Smith 5; Brave Show 57 Rabani 7; Cosmic Flash 56.5 Islam 9; Rheinheart 55 G. Singh 12; Crowned Prince 54 Asghar 8; Finders Keepers 54 I. Chisty 10; Royal Philosopher 53.5 R. Ahmed 6; Dictate 47 Yacoob 4.

1. BLACK MANE (2). 2. SCAVENG-ER’S SON (1) 3. BRAVE SHOW (2)

5. Governor’s Cup 1,600m (Cl I; Cl II eligible Rt. 66-94) 3.55 pm: Anolini 60 Domingo 3; Cape Blanco 55.5 Gajender 1; Lockers Park 55.5 Rabani 8; Harry The Horse 54.5 Rutherford 2; Ballet Master 53.5 Yasin 7; Comedy of Errors 51 I. Chisty 6; Estocade 50.5 Brij S. 4; Cup of Life 49 C. Alford 5.

1. HARRY THE HORSE (4). 2. LOCKERS PARK (3) 3. ESTOCADE (7)

6. Phoenecian Handicap 1,200m (Cl III, 5 y-0 & over) 4.30 pm: Revolution 60 E. Smith 11; Super Smile 60 Islam 7; Gra-Lemor 59.5 A. P. Singh 6; Crimson King 58 B. Gurang 14; Best In Show 57 Rabani 3; Queen’s Logic 56.5 Shanker 8; On The Bit 56 K. Kumar 9; Kargil Soldier 55 M. Reuben 15; Bird’s Empire 55 Connorton 5; Crucible 55 Gajender 12; Giorgio 54.5 Upadhya 10; Midnight Escape 53.5 C Alford 4; Grand Lodge 52 Gowli 2; Tajik 52 I. Chisty 13; Schumacher 48 S. Salam 1.

1. MIDNIGHT ESCAPE (12). 2. BEST IN SHOW (5)
3. REVOLUTION (1)

Day’s Best: Rescue Act

Double: Harry The Horse & MIdnight Escape.
   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ ABBEYDORAN MAY STRIKE 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, March 5: 
Going over the 1,400m trip she is expected to relish, Abbeydoran from Dallas Todywalla’s yard may win the Supervite Trophy in the hands of jockey Jacob Abraham at the Mumbai races on Wednesday.

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Rumaan 1. Bigshow 2. Knight Moves 3.
3.30 pm: Star Dusk 1. Proud ‘N’ True 2. Actualite 3.
4 pm: Rashomon 1. Rodeo Romeo 2. C’Est Egal 3.
4.30 pm: Star Status 1. Femme Fatale 2. Accademia 3.
5 pm: Abbeydoran 1. Star Wish 2. Bryce Canyon 3.
5.30 pm: Gold Berg 1. Avenging Angel 2. Speed of Light 3.
6 pm: Smart Warrior 1. Habit 2. Rain Cloud 3.

Day’s Best: Gold Berg

Double: Star Dusk & Star Status
   
 

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