Big win must for Bagan
ERSA whip Howrah Union
Modi (7/84) halts E. Rly
Mumbai, Racing/ Star Magic for Police Trophy

 
 
BIG WIN MUST FOR BAGAN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 5: 
Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya will carry a one-point agenda when his wards take on Tollygunge Agragami in the Tata National Football League clash at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow. “Whichever is the team, the only thing that interests me is victory,” he said.

He has a point. With the tussle between Mohun Bagan and Goa’s Churchill Brothers having become searingly hot, there is no way Bhattacharya can rest before reaching that third title. And the veteran that he is, he knows of all the slips that exist between the cup and the lip. Tomorrow, it will be a little upto Tollygunge Agragami as to how they would want to deliver, but a lot upto Mohun Bagan as to how they want to serve.

The basic problem with Mohun Bagan tomorrow could be psychological. Complacency, perhaps, is as foul a disease as deep depression.

So when Bhattacharya says he will “keep a lookout for Akeem Abulanle” (he will be back after a one-match booking ban), he does not just mean Akeem (“he is a physical player, has a good physique, pushes around”), but also his own wards. The fact that there are eight of his players on the one-card balance is disconcerting.

Tollygunge have everything to gain, really. They are on 20 points from 19 matches and still not too far away from relegation zone.

“We too need those points, you see,” said Tollygunge coach Aloke Mukherjee. Akeem is back, but Mehtab Hussain and Sandip Das will be out on office duty, and that keeps Mukherjee worried.

Prompted about the luck factor, Bhattacharya said that was not a word he was familiar with. “There is nothing lucky about winning a match,” he said. “Debjit Ghosh, though, believes a bit of the uncertain does dwell in every move.

Of course, the Jose Ramirez Barreto (who could soon be a star item on a Brazilian television network wanting Brazilian footage in India) factor will again boost Mohun Bagan, but the big problem is that Basudeb Mondal will be out with two bookings. That role could come in for Ajoy Singh, or Bungo Singh or James Singh.

A win, and a big win, is a must for Mohun Bagan, playing their last league match at home tomorrow. Tollygunge would want no change in their position in the league as of today.

Recording plea

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan has sought AIFF permission to make video recording of their last NFL matches, versus Salgaocar and Churchill in Goa. A club official believes this, in the possible absence of live TV coverage, could be a deterrent to “foul play” that the club could be subject to, vis-ŕ-vis refereeing.

   

 
 
ERSA WHIP HOWRAH UNION 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 5: 
With the conclusion of the Beighton Cup, it was back to the mispasses and poor overall display in the local hockey league today.

Eastern Railway Sports Association (ERSA) walloped Howrah Union 9-0 at the Mohun Bagan ground while Calcutta Customs overcame FCI 2-0 in first division group A action.

ERSA rode roughshod over their opponents as they went ahead 6-0 at the breather. The Howrah Union players seemed lost in their attempt to keep the marauding ERSA forwards under control.

Yasbir Yadav, Poulas Soy (2), Pitrus Ekka (2), Nishar Ahmed (2), Maqbool Ahmed and Ashok Rajjak were the scorers for ERSA.

In group B matches, WB Police got past Jagrihi by a Sagar Subba goal. Mohammedan Sporting defeated Wari AC 5-0, Rama Shankar, Bhim Kumar, Shiva Kumar, Mohammed Shahid and Azam Ali being the scorers.

Age-group tennis

Top seed Kaushik Das of Assam will meet second seed Karan Dhillon in the boys under-14 final of the Cosmo Open tennis meet. In the semis today, Kaushik overcame Biplab Das’ challenge while Karan beat Akshay Bajoria.

RESULTS (all semis)

BOYS: Under-14 — Kaushik Das bt Biplab Das 7-6 (8-6), 6-2; Karan Dhillon bt Akshay Bajoria 6-4, 7-5. Under-16 — Rupesh Roy bt Farid Alam 6-1, 6-0; Sabyasachi Bose bt Nirvick Mohinta 6-2, 6-0.

GIRLS: Under-14 — Varsha Dutta bt Shivika Burman 6-2, 6-0; Karina Ahuja bt Madhurima Chaudhuri 6-0, 6-3.

Under-16 — Varsha Dutta bt Karina Ahuja 6-3, 6-4; Shivika Burman bt Devanshi Rajgarhia 6-1, 6-1.

   

 
 
MODI (7/84) HALTS E. RLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 5: 
Left-arm spinner Samim Modi’s seven-wicket haul helped Rajasthan bundle out Eastern Railway for 216 on Day I of the CAB senior division league championship play-off semi-final at Eden Gardens.

Eastern Railway got off to a good start, Sanjoy Bhattacharya (44) and Souvik Mukherjee (31) putting on a 77-run opening stand. But thereafter the batsmen fell to the guiles of Modi.

BRIEF SCORES: ERSA 216 (Sanjoy Bhattacharya 44, Souvik Mukherjee 31, Diptendu Mahato 33; Samim Modi 7/84) vs Rajasthan.

   

 
 
MUMBAI, RACING/ STAR MAGIC FOR POLICE TROPHY 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, April 5: 
Although promoted to Class II after his runaway victory, the Bezan Chenoy-trained Star Magic may be hard to down in the 1,600m Greater Mumbai Police Trophy in Mumbai on Saturday. Y. Srinath partners the well-bred four-year-old horse by Alnasr Alwasheek out of Moonlight Magic.

The Aintree Racecourse Sprint Trophy, on the other hand, may turn out to be a keen contest among Reconquista, Track Emotions and Bud Royale. However, going by her current form, the Cooji Katrak-trained Reconquista may have the measure of her rivals in the hands of Malesh Narredu.

SELECTIONS

2.30 pm: Special Melody 1. Silver Line 2. Courageous 3.

3 pm: Classy Devil 1. Twin Star 2. Adolfito 3.

3.30 pm: Lisianski 1. Beau Wonder 2. Big Blaze 3.

4 pm: Star Magic 1. Amazing Dream 2. Aureus 3.

4.30 pm: Aerospace 1. Jukebox 2. Khartoum 3.

5 pm: Reconquista 1. Track Emotions 2. Bud Royale 3.

5.30 pm: Reap The Bounty 1. Draculla 2. Think of Us 3.

6 pm: Nothing Better 1. Swift And Silent 2. Proud Moment 3.

Day’s Best: Star Magic

Double: Lisianski & Nothing Better.

   
 

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