Calcutta: Both Mohammedan Sporting and Techno Aryan went into this CFL Premier Division Super Nine tie after a drubbing from East Bengal.
However, on Tuesday in Kalyani, it was Sporting that were able to put the thrashing aside to take it out on Aryan with a splendid 5-1 victory. Newly-appointed coach Sanjay Sen, who will be officially taking charge from Wednesday, was certainly a happy man at the stands, having witnessed his wards to being clinical in their display.
Striker Alfred Jaryan and Ashim Biswas scored a brace each, with Lalhmangaih Zuala being the other scorer for Mohammedan Sporting. For Aryan, Pankaj Moula pulled one back late in the second half, off Ram Mallik’s centre.
Play was more or less restricted in the midfield region before Alfred got one in when Zuala squared from the right flank, which pulled things in favour of Mohammedan.
It’s not that Aryan couldn’t make any attempts to equalise. But the show on offer from their forward line was way below par to test the Mohammedan defence.
Making good use of the opposition’s weaknesses, Mohammedan Sporting added two more goals that were good enough to seal the issue in the first session itself.
In the 41st minute, a header from Alfred was saved from the goalline only to find Zuala, who occupied an ideal position to nod the ball into the net.
Within a minute, Ashim, with a half-turn, slotted home a grounder, off Alfred’s set-up.
After the breather, Mohammedan Sporting rubbed more salt into the Aryan wound with two more strikes from Alfred and Ashim. Alfred got the fourth, firing home a right-footer in the 70th before Ashim’s left-footer once again found the target soon after to sum up the proceedings.