Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting failed to bridge the gap between good and excellent on Tuesday and had to be satisfied with a 1-1 result against Prayag United SC, in a Super Nine match of the Calcutta Football League, at the Salt Lake Stadium.
On paper, United SC had the better team, but on the field, Mohammedan Sporting undoubtedly had a better day.
When United’s Kayne Vincent neutralised Ashim Biswas’s strike in the 84th minute, all the hard work that Mohammedan Sporting put in went in vain. And they only had themselves to blame for it.
United were not playing with their full strength and the opposition took full advantage of that, at least initially. Looking crispier in the midfield, Aloke’s team benefited from having two nippy wingers — Ashim and Jerry Zirsinga. Repeated forays finally bore fruit when Alfred released Ashim on the left side of the box in the 17th minute. Ashim placed it coolly past Sangram Mukherjee to give Mohammedan Sporting the lead.
For the next hour or so, it was all about the black and white jerseys. The equaliser cane completely against the run of play.
Vincent tapped the ball in from a Bello Rasaq minus to make it 1-1 for United SC. One chance, one goal.
United definitely deserved that point. Their coach Eelco Schattorie was furious with the CFL schedule and even called it a “joke”. For Aloke Mukherjee’s team, it was just a choke.