Washout at Salt Lake
E.Bengal look formidable
Board, CBI should join hands
Bengal referee on Fifa panel
Williamson Magor ousted
Deccan Derby/ Arristo may come good
Race Review/ Rutherford�s ban unjustified

Calcutta, Oct. 1: 
A sharp shower washed out the first quarter-final tie of the 107th IFA Shield at Salt Lake Stadium today. Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge were locked 1-1 when referee Arup Chakraborty ruled the ground unfit for play, just minutes into the second half.

The match will be replayed Wednesday, along with two other quarter finals already scheduled that day.

Today�s oppositions will renew rivalry under lights after the first game between Palmeiras and Nam Dinh at Salt Lake with Muktijoddha taking on TFA at Howrah Stadium.

Today�s aborted action forced another change in the schedule. Unlike previous plans, both semi-finals will be held on Friday. Earlier, the first semi-final was slated for Thursday.

Today�s match started on a surface left heavy by the on-and-off rain but things swung out of control after the half-time downpour � which left several pools of water all over the park. Match officials did resume proceedings after a prolonged break but it took them about three minutes to realise conditions were just not in favour of football.

Whatever happened in the first 45 minutes, Akim Abolanle surprised Mohun Bagan in the sixth minute with a goal out of nothing. With his team desperately defending Mohun Bagan�s early barrage of attacks, the new Nigerian got hold of a loose one midway into his own half and dragged it to the other half before passing back to Moses Owira.

The Kenyan switched it back to Adeola near the centre circle whose through found Akim near the box with his marker in tow. Surprisingly, Akim was allowed the liberty to take possession, turn and send home an accurate right-footer to the left of the goalkeeper. A smart move, which caught the defence by surprise, but the ease with which the ball was creamed through the heart of the Mohun Bagan defence, didn�t speak highly of the quality of activity there.

The goal injected confidence into the Tollygunge ranks and the contest became more even but Amal Dutta�s men paid for a mistake which is criminal for any Indian defence these days. Abdulateef Seriki�s centre from the right found Jose Ramirez Barreto free on the other side of the box and the Brazilian didn�t err.

The Tollygunge defenders were there inside the box, outnumbering the raiders, but they provided no challenge to Barreto when the latter received the ball. He tapped it closer, took position, looked up to finalise where exactly he wanted to go and drilled home a crisp right-footer. The confidence and composure behind the execution bore the signature of a very accomplished player that Barreto is.

It was graduating in to an engrossing contest and both teams came close on other occasions. But then there was rain to force a fresh set of calculations.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Gopal Das; Amitava Chanda, Satish Bharti, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Dey; Sashthi Duley, Sandip Das, Mehtab Hossain, Adeola Adeyeri; Moses Owira, Akim Abolanle (Khemtang Paite, 35).

MOHUN BAGAN: Bivash Ghosh; Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Amauri da Silva, Lolendra Singh; James Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, R.P. Singh (R.C. Prakash, 46); Jose Ramirez Barreto, Abdulateef Seriki.

Referee: Arup Chakraborty.


Calcutta, Oct. 1: 

TIE vs FC Kochin

High on their new-found mobility in the midfield, East Bengal await FC Kochin in tomorrow�s IFA shield quarter final.

The Kerala outfit was looking to upset equations and avoid the city giants by steering clear of their arch-rivals on goal count. It didn�t work (they managed just one past Ever-Ready, needing at least three), and have run into an increasingly dangerous looking East Bengal.

After a string of insipid shows in the local league and the Federation Cup, the National League champions seem to have woken up. There is more purpose in East Bengal�s midfield activities and somewhat suddenly, there seems to be a clutch of players looking hungry for goals.

FC Kochin will have to be serious, as these are ominous signs for a team facing East Bengal out to prove a point. Apart from a rampant East Bengal, they have their own problems to contend with. Striker Josiah Seton and defender L. Suresh are out with bookings, the former being one of the three fresh Liberians recruits.

The Liberians seem to have formed the backbone of their team against Mohun Bagan (the match ended 1-1) where FC Kochin choked completely after the break following an encouraging first half.

East Bengal, on the other hand, appear to have sorted out their early-season midfield problems and the goals are also coming � though Omolaja Olalekan continues to be the only recognised striker among them.

The man widely credited for lifting East Bengal is Suley Musah. This Ghanaian, who packs formidable power in whatever he does, has scored four goals in five matches and has added thrust to the forays down the right. What baffles a bit, however, is the coach�s decision to use him as right-back instead of allowing him more liberty upwards.

With Jo Paul Ancheri showing signs of improvement in each match and I.M. Vijayan eager to prove his worth, it might just be a little too much for FC Kochin. But then, they cared little for fame and played their hearts out in the first half against Mohun Bagan.

Tomorrow, however, they have to do better than that to make a match of it.


Calcutta, Oct. 1: 
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the newly elected president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), feels that the Board should join hands with CBI to fight the match-fixing cases.

Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja have moved court against their bans and the Board may find it difficult to fight the cases without the CBI, which has all the evidence, Dalmiya said.

�CBI is the apex investigating body and its co-operation is necessary to fight the cases. Without its help, the Board is fighting a losing battle. This is my personal opinion and we will discuss it at the next Board meeting,� Dalmiya said at his first press conference in the city as BCCI president.

The former ICC president also said he would soon meet Union sports minister Uma Bharti to discuss resumption of cricketing relations with Pakistan.

�The government has the final word on India�s participation in tournaments involving Pakistan. The Board has to abide by such regulations. I would like to interact with her and see if things can improve.

�We will appreciate if the government informs us a little early so that we have enough time in hand to let the organisers know of our decision. A lot of things � like finding sponsors, selling TV rights, in-stadia ads, etc � are involved in organising matches,� Dalmiya explained.

�The government should give us sufficient time since the international calendar is full. Otherwise, we tend to get isolated,� he added.

Dalmiya also announced that instead of one there will, in fact, be two committees to oversee matters in Bihar. While one committee will deal with organising matches and tournaments, the other will focus on team selection.

The Board will soon appoint an observer to oversee activities in Goa after the association�s suspension was revoked.

Meanwhile, Dalmiya informed that he will personally represent BCCI at Madhavrao Scindia�s funeral in Gwalior on Wednesday.


Calcutta, Oct. 1: 
Bengal referee Subrata Sarkar has been nominated to the Fifa panel. This will enable him to officiate international matches recognised by the world body. Gopinath Pyne was the last referee from the state to be included in the Fifa panel.

Among others to have made it to the Fifa panel from Bengal in the past are Pratul Chakraborty, Milan Datta, Sagar Sen, Sumanta Ghosh and Pradip Nag.

Those to have been named in the panel of assistant referees are Udayan Haldar and Chitta Ranjan Das Majumdar.


Guwahati, Oct. 1: 
Maharana AC beat fancied Williamson Magor Football Academy 5-4 via the tie-breaker in a Bordoloi Trophy match at Nehru Stadium today.

Goalkeeper Papu Chakraborty won the day for Maharana, pulling off two saves in the tie-breaker, applied after a 1-1 deadlock in regulation time.


Hyderabad, Oct. 1: 
Trained by Darius Byramji, Arristo appeals most to win the 2,000m The Hindu Deccan Derby, the main event at the Hyderabad races on Tuesday. Aslam Kader partners the Ilheus-Zyna�s Glory filly.


1.55 pm: River Beat 1. French Gondolier 2. Troienne 3.
2.25 pm: Align 1. Flight Fantasy 2.Batalik 3.
2.55 pm: Quantum Leap 1. Ocelot 2. Artistic Tribute 3.
3.30 pm: Abbattale 1. Gold Chunk 2. Scottsdale 3.
4 pm: Arristo 1. Starsky 2. Taipan 3.
4.40 pm: Adjure Syndic 1. Caution 2.Fabulous Gem 3.
5.10 pm: Fire Spark 1. Nuclear 2. Star Born 3.

Day�s Best: Adjure Syndic

Double: Align & Arristo

Calcutta, Oct. 1: 
Fields in city classic remain a cause of concern. Even RCTC may not like to contest the improvement in last Saturday�s three-horse Derby line-up compared to the Fillies Stakes and Colts Stakes that had two runner apiece.

Nevertheless, the Derby was run on expected lines. And Cristopher Alford on the 45-100 hot-favourite Alamito from trainer Bharath Singh�s yard literally toyed with the opposition as the Twist And Turf-Ballia Reus colt walked away with the monsoon season�s top honour � the Calcutta Derby Trial Stakes � virtually from end-to-end.

Much was expected from the second favourite Rescue Act but the Proceeda-Irresistible son failed miserably after arousing hope mid-way through the 2,000m trip leaving the only outsider in Calculate to occupy the second slot.

Alamito was no exception in the six event card. The rest of the prime-favourites too obliged albeit with less degree of comfort compared to Alamito�s effort. The one who created a favourable impression was the Steinbeck-Subsonic filly Bountiful Gesture who did the Alamito for a shade-under six lengths win.

Cristopher, who booted home the winner, had earlier in the afternoon guided Altiama to victory over Solo Act his conqueror in previous outing. However, the outing for the Steinbeck-Stomato five-year-old having come after only a 10-day break, the Vijay Singh-ward may show improvement following some rest.

There was nothing to detail the triumph of other hot favourites like Lively Project, Anokato � both from Daniel David�s yard � who won their respective events. But the running of the Star of Italy Cup and its outcome following a stewards� inquiry, was hardly welcomed by racegoers as their darling jockey Rutherford Alford was suspended for four race days on account of dangerous riding on Sky Command.

The suspension of the apprentice has, perhaps, done more harm to the local sport than any good. The young lad was like a fresh breath of air for those who longed to get out of the suffocating atmosphere created to cater demands of a selected few. He was a virtual Messiah for the tote punters � Always a trier.

However, for some, Rutherford was emerging as a threat and he needed to be sized down

The stewards, one wished, had taken into consideration the circumstances under which the apprentice was forced to lean on to horses drawn on his inside. Agreed, Rabani�s jolt came in the next stride after Sky Command had veered in. But did the Apprentice not make an all out effort to straighten up the horse? In fact, Rutherford was repeatedly squeezed for room by Rabani and the apprentice was lucky that he was not unseated. If Rutherford�s riding was �dangerous,� Rabani�s handling of Sovier Port was equally perilous.

Then why was Rabani let off with a fine of Rs 2,000. Why this disparity in punishment?

Earlier in the Wednesday�s race-card, it was mixed fortune for the race-goers. Going to the start as a 12-10 favourite, the lowely weighted Harry The Horse in the hands of Rutherford handed a convincing beating to Alkido. The 13-10 favourites Ballet Master from Daniel�s yard, in the Balam Cup, justified his Independence Cup victory and the half-money favourite Flamebird reproduced his track-form to return a facile winner of the Sermond Handicap.

In view of paucity of entries, the stewards of RCTC have decided to cancel the Calcutta race-meeting scheduled for October 10.


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