Calcutta: Fuja Tope’s men should have been counting their lucky stars as evening descended at the Barasat Stadium on Tuesday. Finishing with a point in their kitty, Mohammedan Sporting will need to do some introspection, as Southern Samity held them to a 2-2 draw in the CFL Premier Division Championship Round match.
Not only did the black-and-white brigade lose points, they were also seen to be playing a catch-up game as their less fancied opponents had taken the lead on both occasions.
It wasn’t even a minute into the match — 46th second to be exact — that Southern Samity struck through Suroj Mondal. Bijoy Maddi scored the equaliser in the 15th minute. But the relief among the few-thousand strong Mohammedan Sporting supporters present at the ground was short-lived.
In the 36th minute, Raghu Nandy’s men regained their lead. This time around, it was Stanley Okoroigwe who foxed the Mohammedan Sporting defence to find the net. But Adelaja Somide’s header brought parity back in the match.
The early strike by Suroj caught that Mohammedan Sporting defence off guard. A Paite essay from the left, which should have been cleared by Godswill, found an unmarked Suroj who made no mistake. The equaliser came when an Imran Khan lob from the right was headed home by Bijoy.
Stanley’s strike, which again took Southern Samity ahead, was a stunner. A centre from the left by Suroj found Stanley, who deftly flicked it in without wasting even a second. The Mohammedan Sporting defenders and custodian Arnab Das Sharma were left being mere spectators. But unfortunately for Southern Samity, Mohammedan Sporting were able to level the issue again with a goal by Adelaja.
Mohammedan Sporting: Arnab Das Sharma, Sunil Kumar, Gaur Naskar, Ugochukwu Godswill, Rajiv Ghosh, Phoolchand Hembram, Adelaja Somide, Bijoy Maddi (Munna Mallick, 88), Sukhdev Murmu, Ashim Biswas, Imran Khan (Samuela Laltlthanga, 78).
Southern Samity: Sk. Nasibul, Kareem Omolasa Nurain, Shyam Mondal, Shaktinath Oraon, Sandeep Sangha (Rajib Ahmed, 90+3), Stanley Okoroigwe, Gagandeep Singh, Jagat Seth Das, Khemtang Paite (Md. Mokhtar, 69), Suroj Mondal, Hemen Singh.
MoM: Ashim Biswas
Referee: Prabir Dhar