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Calcutta, July 14: 
Second-half goals from Abdul Khalique and Najim-ul Haq took Mohammedan Sporting to their first victory in the Super Division league this season. All the flourish of the BNR players ended once Khalique drew first blood ten minutes after the breather.

Having lost their opening encounter to FCI, Mohammedan Sporting were under pressure to deliver. And it showed in their approach as BNR dominated the proceedings.

The inexperienced defenders and midfielders were a bundle of nerves. With no blocking or snatching in the midfield, it looked easy for the marauding BNR forwards to get inside the penalty box. Swapan Das missed a sitter as he shot straight into the goalkeeper.

Mohammedan Sporting clawed back into the game, via the enterprising Khalique. His forays down the middle were turning out to be dangerous. In combination with Najimul, Kasif Jamal and the hardworking Joy Kabui, Khalique got into the act of utilising the vacant spaces in the rival defence.

A Tej Bahadur-Kasif move down the middle found Khalique shooting straight into the goalie in the 40th minute. Off the rebound, Kasif�s calculated chip from inside the penalty box narrowly missed the target.

Khalique once again showed his opportunistic abilities in scoring the first goal. Kabui�s corner was headed into the danger zone by Aslam Parvez and Khalique, who was lurking nearby, was quick to slot the ball home. The defenders along with goalkeeper Sumit Chowdhury were slow to react and Khalique made most of their lapses.

Najim-ul�s goal was scored off a goalmouth melee following a Kasif-Bastab Roy move.

Najim-ul squandered an easy opportunity towards the fag end when getting past the goalie he failed to keep his cool. Nilanjan Guha ran in to save the situation.


MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Dipankar Chowdhury, Tej Bahadur, Aslam Parvez, Insan Ali, Palash Ghosh, Joy Kabui (Bastab Roy, 72), Alauddin Rehman, Srikrishna Ghosh, Kasif Jamal (Md Rafique), Najim-ul Haq, Abdul Khalique.

BNR: Sumit Chowdhury, Partha Saha, Nilanjan Guha, Sandipan Das, Amit Ghosh (Raja Guhathakurta, 73), Partha Mitra (Debraj Chatterjee, 70), Debabrata Das, Bappa Naskar, Kamal Ghosh, Swapan Das, Subhasis Chakraborty.

Referee: Gopinath Pyne.

Eastern Railway win

Eastern Railway defeated Salkia Friends 3-1 in another Super Division tie. Prashanta Ghosh scored a brace while Manoj Sarkar netted the other goal. Debu Naskar reduced the margin for Salkia Friends.

Elsewhere, George Telegraph came from behind to beat FCI 2-1. FCI took the lead through Saikat Mondal. George equalised through S. Ghosh. S. Chatterjee struck the winning goal.