Barreto saves day for Mohun Bagan
TFA surprise Bhratri 2-1
Future looks bright for Somak Palit
Vaish in lead
Mysore Races/ Aerobee may relish slated trip
Mysore Races/Golden Collection wins main event
Calcutta Races/ Only 3 for Saturday’s Derby

Calcutta, Sept. 27: 

Mohun Bagan started the match with Jose Ramirez Barreto on the bench, conceded an early goal, missed a penalty and had to bring back the Brazilian ace to secure a 1-1 draw in today’s IFA Shield match versus FC Kochin.

The Salt Lake Stadium stalemate altered equations in group B — the runners-up team from which is likely to come up against East Bengal in the quarter finals. If the men from Kochi beat Ever-Ready Association by a three-goal margin in the last group B tie Saturday, they will finish ahead of Mohun Bagan on goal difference and force a premature city Derby.

East Bengal, who need just a draw against the struggling Mohammedan Sporting tomorrow to top group A, will meet the second-placed team from group B for a place in the semi-finals.

Preserving Barreto (who was booked in the match against Ever-Ready), Mohun Bagan started with Nigerians Abdulateef Seriki and Colly Barnes as strikers. None looked threatening, largely due to the lack of supply. The visitors started in a positive frame of mind and didn’t go for crowding the defence soon after the start. Exchanges were even in the opening quarter.

The script changed in the 16th minute when defensive medio Debjit Ghosh’s back pass was intercepted by Niaz Rehman who released Anil Kumar down the left. Kumar’s cross was deflected by Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, but Rehman, who had moved up, collected the ball just inside the box and planted a smart, rising left-footer into the far corner of the net.

Mohun Bagan got an excellent chance to get even in the 21st minute, although under controversial circumstances. Chasing Debjit’s through, Barnes entered the box and collided with onrushing goalkeeper Best Bestman. The Liberian goalkeeper appeared to have gathered the ball cleanly but Tamil Nadu referee P. Bhaskar thought otherwise and pointed to the spot.

James Singh stepped up but his right-footer wasn’t exactly power-packed and Bestman anticipated well to dive to his left and collected the ball on the second attempt. The collision earned him a yellow card and ruled out Barnes for the rest of the match. R.C. Prakash replaced him. Barreto was introduced in place of Prakash 13 minutes after resumption and Mohun Bagan dominated the second half completely. The equaliser, however, was not above suspicion.

Barreto and James both appeared off-side when R.P. Singh’s pass was let through by the FC Kochin defenders. James left it for Barreto to get around the hapless ‘keeper and shoot in from close. The Brazilian later missed a couple of chances, easy by his standards.

There was no resistance from the FC Kochin medios in the second half, which resulted in one-way traffic, but even the Mohun Bagan midfield was not much mobile. Basudeb Mondal was nowhere near his creative best and James and R.P. Singh were unimpressive. The thrust came from the flanks where side-backs Dulal Biswas and Lolendra Singh worked hard.


FC KOCHIN: Best Bestman; Mohammed Shafeeq; Mohammed Shafeeq, L. Suresh, P. Sajith, V. Vinayakumar (Martin Matthew, 42); P.K. Anil Kumar (O. Sameer, 79), Niaz Rehman, Philip Karnga, K. Naushad (V. Suresh Babu, 67); Josiah Seton, V.P. Shaji.

MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Gosh Dastidar; Dulal Biswas, Amauri da Silva, Hussain Mustafi, Rishi Kapoor (Lolendra Singh, 37); James Singh, Debjit Ghosh, Basudeb Mondal, R.P. Singh; Abdulateef Seriki, Colly Barnes (R.C. Prakash, 25; Jose Ramirez Barreto, 58).

Referee: P. Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu).


Calcutta, Sept. 27: 
Tata Football Academy sprang the biggest upset in the 107th IFA Shield today, beating Bhratri Sangha 2-1 in a group D tie at East Bengal ground.

The result changed the qualification scenario completely. Having lost the earlier match to Palmeiras, TFA are almost through to the quarter finals. Bhratri, who played their first match today, now face the unenviable task of beating the Brazilians to harbour hopes of advancing.

Syed Rahim Nabi drew first blood for TFA in the sixth minute, with a 25-yard right-footer which took goalkeeper Avijit Mondal by surprise. Palash Karmakar made it 1-1 in the 17th minute. Receiving a ball from Christian Okolonko, the medio ran down the left, cut in and sent a low left-footer past ‘keeper Manas Barua.

The decider came four minutes from half time when Malswa Tulunga dispossessed central defender Arun Malhotra and took a shot which hit the upright. Krishna Tudu, who was lurking around, slotted the rebound home.


TFA: Manas Barua; Prashant Jaggi, Amjad Khan, D. Majumdar, A. Thapa; Santosh Singh, Akbar Singh, S. Chakraborty, Malswa Tulinga; Syed Rahim Nabi, Krishna Tudu (Malaswama, 78).

BHRATRI SANGHA: Avijit Mondal; Babun Kar, Arun Malhotra, A.H. Dikash, Momocha Singh; palash Karmakar, Safaa Hamid (Nripendra Das, 73), Ifeyani Ojeogu, Bastab Roy; Abdul Khalique, Christian Okolonko (Mohammed Qaiser, 46; Abdul Sadique, 83).

Referee: Biswajit Bera.

Md. Sp. coach quits

A new chapter in Mohammedan Sporting’s series of woes was added today when coach Chandu Roy Chowdhury resigned. In a letter to club secretary Suleman Khurshid, Roy Chowdhury said he was leaving on “personal grounds”.

Mohammedan Sporting, fighting to avoid relegation in the Super Division, lost 0-4 to Tollygunge Agragami in yesterday’s IFA Shield match. More trouble awaits them when they meet East Bengal tomorrow. Khurshid said the team would be without a coach tomorrow.

Khurshid added Roy Chowdhury had complained of being “heckled” by fans after yesterday’s drubbing. He didn’t come for practice this morning and sent the resignation letter in the evening.


Sept. 27: 
Less than a fortnight back he was not even sure of participating in the premier tournament for schoolchildren, because Somak Palit will be taking his Madyamik examinations in February.

“I was busy preparing for my exams, but my coaches literally forced me to play in this tournament. I am now happy that I decided to play here,” said Somak, champion at the XIV Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship that concluded last week in Calcutta.

A student at the Goodricke National Chess Academy, Somak had come third in the Fide-rating tournament held in Calcutta last week. A solid positional player, he looked confident throughout the tournament. He won nine games and drew one, losing only to Saptarshi Roy.

Former Telegraph Champion Surya Sekhar Ganguly was all praise for Somak. “Somak has an excellent temperament. He is not easily distracted and concentrates hard at the board. He is a good positional player, but needs to be aggressive if he wants to go far. Somak should work hard on his tactics and openings as a good knowledge of the openings is essential if you want to convert those draws into wins,” Surya said.

Surya believes that Saptarshi’s overconfidence before the start of the tournament proved to be his undoing. “He has a natural flair for the game. He is sharp and calculates well, but he needs to change his attitude towards the game if he wants to go into big league. He has a tendency of vastly underestimating his opponent.

“In the last round he chose an irregular opening, hoping to take his opponent out of the books. But he himself landed in an inferior position and won in the end only because his opponent blundered a rook,” said Surya.

The tournament also saw three visually challenged players from the Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless excel despite tough opposition from some of the sighted players. Surya singled out Sudip Rajbanshi among the three. “From what I saw, I could make out that he is a very natural player. If he can be guided well, he can blossom into an excellent player. He is particularly weak in the endgame and openings, but it is that phase which can be improved by proper coaching,” said Surya, who will be playing in the World Championship in December.

Among the youngsters Debayan Majumder had the most impressive run. He met three rated players — third seeed Ayan Lahiri, fourth seed Abhishek Das and sixth seed Rohan Vijay Shandilya — and beat all them convincingly. A student of class VII, he was instrumental in getting the Best School Trophy for St James School.

Supriya Maji and Mary Ann Gomes were the most the impressive among the girls. Supriya had drawn against Viswanathan Anand in a simultaneous game earlier this year, while Mary is a former Asian U-10 girls champion.

“The most encouraging sign of The Telegraph tournament is the induction of children from the age of four. I was surprised to see so many children in the age group of four to eight years. Even the schools are taking an active interest and allowing their students early leave to participate in such meets. If this trend continues we will soon see a chess boom in this country,” said Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua.


Calcutta, Sept. 27: 
Sumit Vaish led with 2414 points in the Challengers section after Round II of the ColorPlus national bowling championship (Calcutta leg) at Nicco Park.

Vengala Omkar was in second place with 2333 and Sandeep Dhanuka third (2331).

The meet ends tomorrow and the top four will qualify for the national finals to be held in Mumbai from October 10-14.


Mysore, Sept. 27: 
On his sheer consistency, it is hard to look beyond Aerobee to lift the 2,000m Governor’s Gold Cup, a terms event for four-year-old and over which is tomorrow’s main attraction. The Don’t Forget Me-Stormy Heights colt who finished on too late and went down fighting to Spark of Life in his last easy should find the slated trip more to his liking. K. P. Appu partners the S. S. Pillay-trainee.


1.45 pm: Formal Gold 1. Al Bashir 2. Fighter’s World 3.
2.15 pm: National Crown 1. Treasure Island 2. Radical 3.
2.45 pm: Straight Arrow 1. Ever Ever 2. Octane 3.
3.15 pm: Bountiful Star 1. Parisien Belle 2. Blushing Star 3.
3.45 pm: Fighting Brave 1. Arzillo 2. Kingston Heath 3.
4.15 pm: Aerobee 1. Appleby 2. Acrobat 3.
4.45 pm: Persian Goddess 1. Diamond Rock 2. Scarlet Runner 3.
5.15 pm: Wordly Pick 1. Russian Art 2. Caape City 3.

Day’s Best: Bountiful Star

Double: Straight Arrow & Fighting Brave

Mysore, Sept. 27: 
Trained by Madhav Mangalorkar, the four-year-old filly Golden Collection scored an easy victory over Al Habib in the J. H. Foley Memorial Gold Cup at the Mysore races on Thursday. Apprentice Surjeet Singh partnered the Young Senor-Splash of Colours filly.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. September Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-9-7) Scenic Bay (Prakash) 1; Good Win 2; Si Senora 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 4; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 63; 13; Quinella: 207; Tanala: 492. Fav: Scenic Bay (2).

2. Sinduvadi Estate Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (1-8-4) Forest Whisper (Prak-ash) 1; Rock Party 2; Kyosoba 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3; (1-30.2). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 10; 214; 42; Quinella: 514; Tanala: 21,063. Fav: Forest Whisper (1).

3. September Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (8-6-3) Alicyclic (Kader) 1; Misty Charms 2; Annodomini 3. Won by: 4-1/2; Nk; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 17; 20; Quinella: 46; Tanala: 257. Fav: Alicyclic (8).

4. J. H. Foley Memorial Gold Cup 1,200m: (10-2-9) Golden Collection (Surjeet) 1; Al Habib 2; Time of War 3. Won by: 2; 2-1/2; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 15; 14; 20; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 281. Fav: Al Habib (2).

5. Sinduvadi Estate Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (1-5-7) Ardent Flame (Prakash) 1; Arterial 2; Gnostic Eyes 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 9; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 17; 13; 11; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 283. Fav: Arterial (5).

6. Police Cup 1,400m: (3-1-9) Silver Touch (Amit) 1; Star of Future 2; Radcliff 3. Won by: Hd; Hd; (1-31.2). Tote: Win Rs 99; Place: 28; 15; 51; Quinella: 236; Tanala: 5,811. Fav: Star of Future (1).

7. Justice C. Medapa Memorial Trophy 1,400m: (2-10-6) National Star (I. Chisty) 1; Beautiful Bird 2; Passionate Nights 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 7; (1-30.4). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 22; 48; Quinella: 66; Tanala: 1,535. Fav: National Star (2).

8. Her Majesty Plate 1,200m: (8-2-4) River Bed (Shahjahan) 1; Telegram 2; Barassie 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-16.4). Tote: Win Rs 270; Place: 38; 10; 22; Quinella: 247; Tanala: 4,140. Fav: Telegram (2).

9. Lalithamahal Plate 1,600m: (11-3-4) Mayfair (A. Imran) 1; Three To Count 2; Rumpelstiltskin 3. Won by: Nk; 2-1/4; (1-42.1). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 12; 35; 19; Quinella: 164; Tanala: 1,233. Fav:Mayfair (11).

Jackpot: Rs 25,969; (C) Rs 6,317.

Treble: (i) Rs 392; (ii) Rs 1,820.

Calcutta, Sept. 27: 
There are only three horses vying for the 2,000m Calcutta Derby Trial Stakes, the star attraction in the Saturday’s race-card. First race starts at 1.20 pm.


1. Midensis Handicap, 1,100m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1.20 pm: Lively Project 60; Heaven’s Blessing 55.5; Aureate 54.5; Calculus 53.5.

2. South Seas Handicap, 1,800m (Cl III; Cl IV eligible; Rt. 22-72) 2 pm: Altiama 60; Aflicker 59; Solo Act 58.5; Flying Scot 54.

3. Mysore Race Club Cup, 1,200m (Cl I; Rt.88 & over) 2.30 pm: Anolini 60; Arendal 59; Treasurer 59; Beneficent 55.5; Bountiful Gesture 51.

4. Calcutta Derby Trial Stakes, 2,000m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 3 pm: Alamito 56; Calculate 56; Rescue Act 56.

5. Star of Italy Cup 1,200m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94) 3.30 pm Highland Flame 60; Gold Buck 58.5; Sky Command 54; Soviet Port 54; Victory Waltz 54; Arctic Fancy 53.5; Alsheim 53; Ardon 50.

6. Thrifty Allan Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4 pm: Simply Dashing 60; Constantine 58.5; Anokato 57; Common Spirit 56; Global Harmony 50.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

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