Calcutta: Very rarely have Mohammedan Sporing come across occasions in this I-League when everything went in their favour.
Sunday was one such that provided them much-needed oxygen. First, Rangdajied United FC’s (RUFC) half-hearted approach, coupled with Luciano Sabrosa’s diligent work and his 63rd minute strike off a spot-kick to keep Ranty Martins at bay, enabled Mohammedan Sporting notched up a vital 2-1 win, here, at the Salt Lake Stadium, following a string of reversals.
Thereafter, Mumbai FC whipped Churchill Brothers 4-2 in Pune, a result which pushed the defending champions to rock bottom, while Mohammedan moved a step ahead. Sunday’s double joy would surely add to Mohammedan Sporting’s confidence before their all-important clashes against Lajong FC and Mumbai FC.
Taro Hasegawa, he came up with a fabulous strike in the 34 th minute to cancel Rangdajied’s lead. Receiving Penn’s centre, Taro evaded rival side-back Restomwell Khriam with ease and unleashed a terrific diagonal right-footer.
Till that strike, things looked ominous for Mohammedan Sporting as Ranty scored early in the 12 th minute to take the visitors ahead.
Barring the goal, Ranty had no other contribution in the game. Bottled up by Luciano for a major part of the game, he lost his cool at the end of the match, getting involved in a row with ’keeper Luis.
Mohammedan Sporting: Luis Baretto; Phoolchand Hembram, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Luciano Sabrosa, R. Dhanarajan; Rakesh Masih; Ashim Biswas (Ishfaq Ahmed, 76), Manish Maithani, M. Bsanta Singh (Taro Hasegawa, 18); Penn Orji (Samson Ramengmawia, 20), Joshimar
Rangdajied United FC: T.P. Rohenesh; Restomwell Khriam, Gouramangi Singh, Lamine Tamba, Yohei Iwasaki; Steven Dias (Tomba Singh, 33), Eygeneson Lyngdoh, Elam Singh (Sandesh Gadkari, 70), T. Lalnunpuia (Munmun Lagun, 85); David Ngaihte, Ranty Marins
Referee: M.B. Santosh Kumar
MoM: Luciano Sabrosa