Barreto scores 2 in Bagan win over SBT
8 of Md. Sp. asked to appear before IFA body
TT meet from Friday
US, Italy trail in Open
Radiant walks away with trophy
Silver Patriarch for Gold Cup

Calcutta, Sept. 6: 
Mohun Bagan overcame a tentative start to sweep past State Bank of Travancore (SBT) 3-1 in their IFA Shield opener today. A suicidal goal in the 16th minute, by Paul Anthony, gave Mohun Bagan the breakthrough in this group-league clash, but their joy was shortlived as S. Ignatious equalised within five minutes. But Jose Ramirez Barreto sealed the bankmen�s fate with a couple of second-half goals.

SBT, who were held 1-1 by George Telegraph at Rabindra Sarobar yesterday, showed up in better light today on the bigger and better turf at the Salt Lake Stadium. Showing good mobility in midfield, they prised open the Mohun Bagan defence twice within the first couple of minutes before the green-and-maroon brigade made it�s presence felt.

While they looked good on the attack, there was no missing the streak of vulnerability in the SBT defence. The Mohun Bagan forwards were given too much room to manoeuvre.

And, then, a goal out of nowhere. Barreto and Santos were moving up with a one-two when the ball flew loose to the retreating Anthony. The right-back tapped back for his goalkeeper, but Feroz Sherrif was already on his way out and found himself in no-man�s land as the ball passed him and slipped into the goal.

Anthony must, of course, take most of the blame for the goal for there was no need to pass the ball for the goalkeeper in such a tight situation. The goal that Mohun Bagan let in five minutes later was also the result of some rank bad defending.

Abdul Noushad had set V.P. Shaji free on the left with a good diagonal through, and the latter quickly made it to the goalline and sent in a cross for Ignatious whose diving header beat Sandip Nandy at the near post. It was amazing to see how Ignatious was left unmarked. But, then, there is very little right about the Mohun bagan defence these days.

Goalkeeper Nandy came to the rescue in the 51st minute after Ashif Shaheer had slipped through on an Iganatious prompt. Then, on a swift counter-attack four minutes later, Shaji came upon an excellent opportunity to put SBT ahead.

It required the brilliance of Barreto to quell the SBT resurgence. When R.P. Singh found him with a diagonal deep into SBT territory in the 59th minute, the Brazilian, seeing goalkeeper Sherrif slightly out of his charge, made a perfect chip over him from some 25 yards out. A brilliant goal, but Sherrif helped by timing his jump all wrong.

Barreto�s second goal, in the 28th minute, came off a nice set-piece move that had three touches before the Brazilian�s turf-hugger past a diving Sherrif.

The goal seemed to sap the SBT will to fight. Matter were not helped by the fact that they had been reduced to 10 men earlier, when Lanel Thomas picked up his second booking of the match in the 60th minute.


MOHUN BAGAN: Sandip Nandy; Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, M. Suresh, Lolendra Singh; Satyajit Chatterjee (Debjit Ghosh 59th), R.P. Singh, Rennedy Singh; Jose Barreto (Naushad Pari 75th), Joao Santos, R. C. Prakash (Jayanto Sen 70th).

SBT: Feroz Sherrif; Paul Anthony, Jiju Jacob, Dipu Krishnan, Sunil Kumar (Martin C. Mathew 58th); Lanel M. Thomas, Suresh Babu (K. Ajayan 80th), Abdul Noushad; V.P. Saji (Abdul Hakkim 80th), Ashif Shaheer, S. Ignatius.

Referee: P. Suresh.    

Calcutta, Sept. 6: 
Eight Mohammedan Sporting players will have to appear before an Indian Football Association (IFA) medical board Friday afternoon.

The club pulled out of the IFA Shield today, citing injury and illness-related problems. Calcutta Port Trust have been picked as replacements and will meet BNR in a group A match tomorrow.

New Mohammedan Sporting secretary Suleiman Khurshid said the players will appear before the medical board with their medical certificates and reports.

�It�s not possible for us to take part in the Shield as most of our frontliners, including four defenders, are in no condition to play,� Khurshid said. The secretary said nine, not eight, players are unfit. They are: captain Aslam Pervez, Insaan Ali, Tej Bahadur Singh, Shakil Akhtar, Joy Kabui, Ohidul Islam, Bastab Roy, Alauddin Rehman and Kasif Jamal.

Outstation referees

The IFA announced the names of four outstation referees for the Shield. They are: R.L. Balu (Karnataka), Suresh (Tamil Nadu), Nirmal Chetia (Assam) and Vinod Kumar Singh (Bihar).

CAB transfers

Veteran allrounder Joydeep Mukherjee has joined Tapan Memorial from Aryan. Among today�s other CAB inter-club transfers, Tapan Memorial also roped in Wari�s Debopam Sarkar.

Kabaddi meet

The Bengal women�s team will take part in the Federation Cup kabaddi meet to be played in Chennai from October 4-7. The junior nationals will be held in Patna from October 19-21.    

Calcutta, Sept. 6: 
Oriental Insurance will hold their fifth all-India table tennis meet at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from Friday. Players from the five zones will vie for team and individual honours at the three-day meet.

South Zone are the reigning team champions. The meet was last held in the city in 1989.

FOOTBALL: Southern Sports beat Avenue Sammilani 3-1 in a semi-final of the Allwyn South Calcutta meet. In the other tie Srirampur Kalyan Samity beat Bengal Football Academy 6-5 in tie-breaker.    

After two sessions, 32 boards, of the six-session 96-board semi-finals in the world teams bridge Olympiad being played at Maastricht, fancied US and Italy are both trailing in the Open Series, while expected finalists Germany and US are both ahead in the women�s.

In the Open, Italy lost the first set to England 32-53 but fought back with a 44-29 win in the second to trail by only 6 imps, 76-82, when play ended Tuesday night with four more sessions to be played Wednesday.

The script of the other match was entirely different. USA took a 41-27 lead but then lost the second by minus 2 imps to 45 � the actual scoreline was 7-54 but each side incurred a 9-imp penalty due to late finish � to end the day 33 imps behind, 39 to 72.

The Poles were a bit lucky, staying out of a slam with two finesses wrong and bidding a non-vulnerable 22-point game on two balanced hands � a cruicial finesse, which spelt the difference between making and down four, worked.

US women dominate

In the women�s, with only one-third of the match over, the US have taken a stranglehold in their match against Norway, winning the first set by 88 to 32 and the next by 30 to 18 to lead by 68 imps. The Germany-Canada match was wide open with the former enjoying a mere 1-imp advantage, having won 21-14 before losing the night session by 26 to 34.

In the last session of Tuesday�s quarter finals, six of the overnight leaders, Italy, Poland and US in the Open, and Germany, Canada and US in the women�s, added to their margins to run out easy winners. Norway fought back against England in the Open, but their 21-imp win in the last set, 55 to 34, proved too little too late.

The eighth match, between the ladies of Norway and Chinese Taipei, was heart-breaking for the Asians. Starting with an 11-imp lead they seemed to have secured the match by adding 10 early when the Norwegians allowed a game to make. The Europeans picked up some medium-sized gains but still trailed by 6 with four boards to go.

At this point both sides bid to a non-making three no-trumps, only the Taiwanese declarer inexplicably went three down instead of one down for a 5-imp loss. On the very next board, Norway captured the lead for good with a 6-imp gain by bidding cold partials at both tables, to win by 5 imps, 200 to 195.


(imps after 32 boards)

Open semi-final: England lead Italy 82-76; Poland lead USA 72-39.

Women�s: Germany lead Canada 48-47; US lead Norway 118-50.

Quarter-Final (80-board matches): Open: Italy bt Brazil 232-140; England bt Norway 192-171; Poland bt Iceland 210-129; USA bt Austria 215-143. Women�s: Germany bt China 243-124; USA bt Netherlands 141-109; Canada bt South Africa 172-137; Norway bt Chinese Taipei 200-195.    

Calcutta, Sept. 6: 
Lying low for quite sometime, trainer Richard Alford led-in four winners in today�s card of six events. His effort this afternoon was a virtual answer to the last week�s wake up call from his chief patron MAM Ramaswamy who had sent a string of 30 horses to a fellow-trainer, Daniel David. Jockey Amyn Merchant partnered all his winners. The feature, the 1,200m Pa Bear Cup, however, eluded the veteran trainer. The race was won by Alyssum who recorded his fifth straight victory on the city track with consummate ease. Cristopher Alford partnered the Vijay Singh-trained four-year-old by Steinbeck out of Ghanayem.


1. Diesel Handicap 1,000m: (5-1-2-4) Ardon (Merchant) 1; Sterling Pros-pect (Surender) 2; Double Crown (Akhtar) 3; Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) 4. Not run: Crucible (3). Won by: 6-1/4; 3/4; Nk; (1-4.6). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 34; Quinella: 52; Tanala: 207. Fav: Ardon (5). Winner trained by R. Alford.

2. Pa Bear Cup 1,200m: (7-4-6-2) Alyssum (C. Alford) 1; Adventure (Shanker) 2; Head Hunter (Merchant) 3; Treasurer (Amil) 4. Won by:3-1/4; Hd; 1-1/4; (1-17.3). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 60; 19; Quinella: 251; Tanala: 1,180. Fav: Alyssum

(7). Winner trained Vijay S.

3. Casbah Handicap1,400m: (4-2-1-5) Ballet Master (Merchant) 1; Queen�s Logic (C. Alford) 2; Garden Of Heaven (Smith) 3; Jayaashva (Som S.) 4. Won by: Nk; 6; 2-3/4; (1-33.5). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 14; 12; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 133. Fav: Queen�s Logic (2). Winner trained by R. Alford. (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of the second placed horse.)

4. Tug Of War Handicap 1,000m: (2-1-4-3) Almond Rock (Merchant) 1; Arctic Fancy (Rutherford) 2; Alygator (C. Alford) 3; On The Bit (Connorton) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/2; 3/4; (1-5). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 18; 75; Quinella: 305; Tanala: 837. Fav: Alygator (4). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. Aunty Pip Cup 1,200m: (1-4-5-3) Aristotemus (Yacoob) 1; Bird�s Empire (Gurang) 2; Sapphire And Silk (Tamang) 3; Hot (A. P. Singh) 4. Not run: Classic Knight (2). Won by: 1-1/4; 1/2; 3/4; (1-22.4). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 17; 13; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 233. Fav: Bird�s Empire (4). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

6. Look Round Handicap 1,000m: (2-3-5-1) Orbital Star (Merchant) 1; Dizzy Diver (Surender) 2; Magic Ring (M. Reuben) 3; Alocina (Islam) 4. Won by: 8-1/2; 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-6.4). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 16; 19; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 129. Fav: Orbital Star (2). Winner trained by R. Alford.

Jackpot: Rs 1,661; (C) Rs 274.

Treble: (i) Rs 121; (ii) Rs 245.    

Mysore, Sept. 6: 
The well-prepared Sathish Narredu-trained ward Silver Patriarch looks best of the eight runners to lift the 1,200m H. H. Sri Chamaraja Wadiyar Memorial Gold Cup tomorrow. J. Abraham partners the four-year-old by Marju out of Shingle Path.


1.45 pm: Daiimio 1. London Beauty 2. Amazing Force 3.

2.15 pm: Annatto 1. Resist The Force 2. Al Habib 3.

2.45 pm: Soviet Song 1. Whitehall 2. Abyssinian Cat 3.

3.15 pm: One So Wonderful 1. Accelerating Star 2. Ronson 3.

3.45 pm: Set Aside 1. Resplendent Star 2. Star Wings 3.

4.15 pm: Silver Patriarch 1. Own Legacy 2. Admiral 3.

4.45 pm: Winning Charm 1. Ever Ever 2. Forest Pegasus 3.

5.15 pm: Abattis 1. Royal Castle 2. Be In Style 3.

Day�s Best: Silver Patriarch Double: Annatto & Set Aside

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