EB ride roughshod over FC Kochin
Palmeiras favourites
Lanka willing to return �favour�
Easy for ASRF in Bordoloi
Laloo threat to move court over Bihar body issue
Calcutta Races/ Ashbury ideally placed at weights
Deccan Derby/ Starsky justifies short odds

Calcutta, Oct. 2: 
East Bengal6
FC Kochin0

An in-form East Bengal ran over a stunningly inactive FC Kochin at Salt Lake Stadium today to book their berth in the IFA Shield semi-finals.

Changing ends with just an Isiaka Awoyemi goal to show, despite creating half-a-dozen open chances, East Bengal pumped in five in the second half. Dipankar Roy and Omolaja Olalekan netted one apiece before second-half substitute Bijen Singh fired a hattrick in the space of 13 minutes.

The National League champions, who have scored 15 goals in three matches, now await the winners of the Mohun Bagan versus Tollygunge Agragami quarter final which was washed out yesterday.

The Salt Lake turf was a mess, courtesy yesterday�s torrential showers. Conditions weren�t ideal for soccer, but East Bengal were quick to adapt. They made inroads into the Kochin defence with a series of short, incisive passes.

The first meaningful move saw Tushar Rakshit releasing Isiaka on the right with a classical through ball. The Nigerian didn�t do justice to it, though, pushing an ill-directed pass into the penalty box which was easily intercepted.

Goal No. 1 came after seven minutes, off a delightful piece of combination play. Anit Ghosh worked his way through the middle before squaring the ball to his left for Jo Paul Ancheri. The former India captain cut in and relayed it to the goalmouth for an advancing Isiaka to bang home. Left-back Mohammed Shafeeq was in no position to challenge Isiaka, having been outpaced easily.

Thereafter, East Bengal attacks came in torrents and everyone joined in the spree. Suley Musah didn�t need to man the right-back position and was happy to function as a winger. Left-back Falguni Dutta overlapped frequently as well. Even stopper Dipak Mondal ventured up field to hone his scheming skills.

A couple of Ancheri attempts missed the mark narrowly. His header flew a foot over the crossbar while a left-footed push, off a magical Omolaja back-heel, missed the far post by inches. Another Ancheri header brought the best out of Liberian pre-World Cupper Best Bestman, who had a miserable day in office for no fault of his.

The miss of the match was Isiaka�s, in the 26th minute. After Bestman had charged ahead to thwart Ancheri, the ball ran loose to Isiaka. The Nigerian dodged a defender, delayed in aiming at goal, then inexplicably shifted the ball from his right to left foot before finally pushing the ball straight at another defender. All this happened with the �keeper out of position.

East Bengal, who began the second half a trifle casually, struck in the 58th minute. Musah, Omolaja and Isiaka penetrated the Kochin defence with one-touch passes and Dipankar Roy put finishing touches by directing the ball past a helpless Bestman.

Bijen�s entry, in the 63rd minute, livened up proceedings. He provided a through pass for Omolaja to convert in the 65th minute . Then the little striker himself got into the act, scoring three opportunistic goals between the 76th and 88th.

Dipendu Biswas, another late substitute, set up the first two Bijen goals with defence-splitting forward passes. The third came when Bestman failed to grip a stinging Chandan Das free-kick, giving Bijen the chance to push in the ricochet.

Some more chances went abegging and FC Kochin were lucky to avoid a double-digit drubbing. It was, indeed, some transformation in a side which, just the other day, had held Mohun Bagan. Their defensive work was pathetic and they didn�t threaten the East Bengal citadel even once. It was almost as if FC Kochin were paying respect on the Gandhi Jayanti with their policy of non-violence and non-interference.


EAST BENGAL: Hemanta Dora, Suley Musah, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Falguni Dutta, Isiaka Awoyemi, Tushar Rakshit (Chandan Das, 58), Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy, Omolaja Olalekan (Dipendu Biswas, 73), Jo Paul Ancheri (Bijen Singh, 63).

FC KOCHIN: Best Bestman, Martin Mathew (O. Sameer, 78), P. Sajith, T. Roopesh, M. Shafeeq, Niaz Rehman, V.P. Shaji, Suresh Babu (Jamshed Khan, 69), K. Naushad, Anil Kumar (Dileep Kumar, 66), Philip Karnanga.

Referee: M.K. Roy.


Calcutta, Oct. 2: 
Having established their class in the course of two matches, it�s time now for Palmeiras to deliver in the IFA Shield.

The Brazilians, who take on Vietnam�s Nam Dinh in a quarter final tie tomorrow afternoon, will surely be starting as favourites. But there are areas of concern for Palmeiras and they are determined to address them.

For starters, they will shift to a more conservative 4-4-2 system which, in effect, means a more defensive approach. The second-half equaliser Palmeiras conceded to Bhratri Sangha the other day has shaken them up, so much so that they don�t want to take any chance in the knockout games.

�We will have only two men in attack,� coach Humberto Gomes Ferreira said through an interpreter. Palmeiras fielded two strikers � Hilton Mauro Moreira and Renaldo de Souza � in the previous two games also, but they had a couple of attacking midfielders to assist them in rival territory.

Ferreira also stressed on the importance of scoring goals at today�s workout. Palmeiras pumped in four past TFA in their debut but managed no more than a single goal against Bhratri Sangha.

The coach, who has seen Nam Dinh play in this tournament, observed that the Vietnamese have three good players. �We have to play well to beat them,� said Ferreira, oozing caution.

The messy turf at Salt Lake Stadium is another �obstacle� Palmeiras have to overcome. The Brazilians have made no bones about their preference for the Howrah Stadium, relegating Salt Lake to No. 2.

Palmeiras, in fact, want to play some matches at Howrah Stadium and IFA could well oblige them if they win tomorrow. According to joint-secretary Ranjit Gupta, the second of Friday�s semi-finals � scheduled at Salt Lake under lights � could be shifted to Howrah.

Bagan�s worry

The Palmeiras-Nam Dinh match will be followed by the Mohun Bagan-Tollygunge Agragami quarter final, which couldn�t restart after half-time yesterday because of a heavy downpour.

Having lost 0-2 to Tollygunge in their Super Division championship leg match, Subrata Bhattacharya�s men got another wake-up call yesterday. In the 45 minutes� action before the rain, the Mohun Bagan defence had a harrowing time in containing Amal Dutta�s team.

�The defence is a concern, we could do with a big-bodied defender,� Subrata admitted today. Even the return of Hussain Mustafi couldn�t plug all the holes and Tollygunge scored an early goal yesterday.

Mohun Bagan�s reliance on Jose Ramirez Barreto is bound to continue, but the Federation Cup champions have to find a way to check Sashthi Duley & Co.

Completing quarter-final action tomorrow will be Muktijoddha and Tata Football Academy (TFA), who will be battling for glory at Howrah Stadium.

Muktijoddha look stronger on paper, but they should do well not to take the TFA teenagers lightly. Bhratri Sangha paid the price for doing just that the other day.


Calcutta, Oct. 2: 
New Zealand scrapped their Pakistan tour after the terror strikes in the US, but the Sri Lankans are �favourably disposed� towards undertaking a short trip of that country, ahead of the October 26-November 4 tri-series in Sharjah.

According to a top Lankan player, who spoke to The Telegraph on condition of anonymity, he and his teammates have �expressed no reservations� about going to Pakistan, should a three-match limited overs series materialise.

As Pakistan borders Afghanistan, it isn�t exactly a favoured touring spot right now: Pakistan itself postponed the SAF Games, while the international hockey federation has shifted the Champions Trophy out of Pakistan.

The top player added: �Pakistan�s request reached our Board a fortnight back and, soon enough, our views were sought. We did deliberate briefly and, in the end, decided to go if the proposed series will help reduce Pakistan�s loss (on account of New Zealand�s no-show).�

It is understood the Lankan players and the Board see this as an opportunity to �thank� Pakistan for being so supportive (along with India) during the big crisis before the 1996 World Cup. That crisis was entirely Australia and the West Indies� doing, as both refused to play in Lanka.

India and Pakistan, it may be recalled, fielded a joint team, which took on Lanka in Colombo, at the start of that World Cup. This expression of Asian solidarity was also aimed at embarrassing Australia and the Windies, who claimed to have had misgivings over security after a murderous blast in Colombo.

�India�s pullout from the Asian Test Championship had already put Pakistan in more than a spot of bother. New Zealand�s withdrawal (after the September 11 tragedy) made it worse. If the trip to Pakistan does come about, it will basically be a sporting gesture from our side,� the top player remarked.

The next 48 hours should clear the picture. Pakistan, Lanka and Zimbabwe are to feature in the tri-series in Sharjah.


Guwahati, Oct. 2 : 
Last year�s runners-up Assam State Reserve Force (ASRF) launched their Bordoloi Trophy campaign with a patchy 3-1 win over Rising XI at Nehru Stadium here today.

The Diphu-based ASRF led 2-0 at half-time with goals from left winger Gaidang Brahma in the 23rd minute and mid-fielder raviram Mushahary in the 33rd.

Rising XI did put up a fight in the second half but their weak defence once again let them down. After Munindra Brahma made it 1-2 in the 61st minute through a penalty following a goalmouth foul, ASRF striker Dwipen Teron pumped in the third goal in the 67th minute.

Tomorrow, at Sualkuchi Guwahati Town Club will play Sports Authority Of India Sports Club. The other match pits FCI against Assam Regimental Centre at Nehru Stadium.


Patna, Oct. 2: 
Laloo Prasad Yadav today threatened to move court following the newly-elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jagmohan Dalmiya�s decision to derecognise the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB).

Addressing a press conference here today, Yadav said the derecognition meted out to CAB was completely unjustified. He added that he had anticipated the move after the defeat of A.C. Muthiah.

Yadav remarked that the �action� taken by Dalmiya within 24 hours of his becoming BCCI president clearly indicated that it was aimed against those who did not cast vote in his favour.

�It is ridiculous that an association is first recognised and allowed to cast vote in the parent body�s election and then derecognised for not favouring a particular person,� Yadav said, indicating a campain for his ouster.


Calcutta, Oct. 2: 
The competition is going to be keen in tomorrow�s race-card, which is going to be the penultimate meeting of the season, thanks to the cancellation of the October 10 fixture. The 11-horse strong Green Sari Cup appears to be the toughest of the six event on the cards. However, it is Ashbury who gets the first call as the Bharath Singh-trained four-year-old is ideally placed at the weight after losing his last start to Ispahan by a length and a half. Moreover, most of his in-form rivals are new to the class and the Gold Discovery-Rose of Sharon gelding may not find it too hard to account for them in the trusted hands of jockey Cristopher Alford.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.25 p.m.

Fathom Five Handicap 1,400m (Cl V�Rated 00-28)
1 3232 Glass Slipper [Stephens] K. Kumar 61.0 1
2 - - 00 Impressive Prince [Karki] D. Locke 61.0 4
3 0021 Grecian Prince [Daniel] N. Connorton 59.5 3
4 - -32 Calamint [Vijay] C. Alford 57.5 2
5 2013 Stella Blue [Mujeeb] N. Bird 57.5 5

1. Calamint (4) 2. Grecian Prince (3) 3. Glass Slipper (1)

Calamint: Had gone down to Secret Adversary who is now in Class III. Grecian Prince: If he lasts the trip he may trouble the best Glass Slipper: May place.

2nd Race at 2.05 p.m.

Good Hope Handicap 2,000m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) � Indian jockeys only
1 2200 Double Bull [P. Locke] D. Locke 61.0 1
2 1442 Iron Warrior [Rodrigues] Dalpat S. 56.5 7
3 - - 11 Freedom Warrior [Vijay] C. Alford 55.5 5
4 1344 Black Mane [Karki] A. P. Singh 54.0 2
5 3100 Blessed Spirit [Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal 53.5 6
6 4001 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 51.5 3
7 3322 Ballard Lady [Daniel] P. Kujur 48.5 4

1. Freedom Warrior (3) 2. Ballard Lady (7) 3. Iron Warrior (2)

Freedom Warrior: Working well after his win over a sprint. May relish the slated trip. Ballard Lady: A threat to all with light impost. Iron Warrior: A consistent performer

3rd Race at 2.35 p.m.

Shahi Bag Handicap 1,000m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) � Indian jockeys only
1 4024 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] Rutherford A. 60.0 2
2 4202 Heaven�s Blessing [Bath] S. Shanker 59.5 6
3 0300 Armila [P. Locke] N. Engineer 55.0 1
4 0340 Alumnus [P. Locke] R. Ahmed 53.5 3
5 2020 Piece of Cake [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 53.5 5
6 0440 Magic Ring [Mujeeb] Md Islam 50.0 4

1. Piece of Cake (5) 2. Finders Keepers (1) 3. Magic Ring (6)

Piece of Cake: Hot-footed capable of out-sprinting all. Finders Keepers: Although going over a scurry, he may make the finish interestingMagic Ring: May place.

4th Race at 3.10 p.m.

Kelso Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt/ 22-50)
1 0000 Spanish Drum�s [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.5 6
2 3032 Bird�s Empire [Daniel] N. Connorton 59.5 8
3 - - - 1 Abashed [Vijay] Md Islam 59.0 4
4 0000 Smokey Bear [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 58.5 7
5 2231 Floral Path [Bath] S. Shanker 56.0 1
6 3143 Flying Power [Karki] A. P. Singh 55.5 2
7 0023 Crest Star [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 55.0 3
8 0202 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] Dalpat S. 54.5 5

1. Bird�s Empire (2) 2. Crest Star (7) 3. Abashed (3)

Bird�s Empire: Was caught napping in last start. May make amends Crest Star: Finished close to Bird�s Empire. The extra 100m favours him. Abashed: May place.

5th Race at 3.45 p.m.

Green Sari Handicap 1,400m (Cl II�Rt. 66-94)
1 - - - - Desert Force [Karki] Amjad K. 60.0 1
2 2201 Ispahan [Stephens] Rutherford A. 60.0 6
3 - - - - Accelerating Star [Daniel] B. Gurang 59.0 5
4 - - - 0 Gallant Romeo [Daniel] Asghar 58.0 11
5 2311 Ballet Master [Daniel] N. Connorton 56.5 10
6 2203 Added Asset [Daniel Dalpat S. 56.0 4
7 0212 Ashbury [Bharath] C. Alford 56.0 8
8 - - - 0 Fairy Prince [Daniel] R. Ahmed 54.5 7
9 - 431 Grand Lodge [Javed] R. Gowli 54.0 9
10 0300 Staffordshire [Javed] G. Upadhya 53.5 2
11 - - - 0 Excellent Striker [Daniel] Md Yasin 53.0 3

1. Ashbury (7) 2. Grand Lodge (9) 3. Ballet Master (5)

Ashbury: Went down fighting to Ispahan. Better at the weights now. Grand Lodge: Looking improved since last win. Ballet Master: May place.

6th Race at 4.20 p.m.

Goldline Handicap 1,200m (Cl III�Rt. 44-72) � Indian jockeys only
1 3032 Crimson King [Daniel] Dalpat S. 60.5 5
2 0012 Addab [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 60.0 7
3 1104 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] D. Locke 60.0 2
4 - - - - Simply Monarch [Daniel] P. Kujur 56.0 6
5 - - - 0 At My Command [Daniel] B. Gurang 55.5 1
6 - - - 0 Discomatic [Daniel] Asghar 54.5 4
7 - - - 0 Crowned Prince [Daniel] Md Yasin 53.0 3
8 0330 Queen�s Logic [Bharath] C. Alford 50.5 8

1. Queen�s Logic (8) 2. Addab (2) 3. Scarlet Raider (3)

Queen�s Logic: Among the form horses she is best over the slated sprint. Addab: In good form. May contest the issue again. Scarlet Raider: May place.

Day�s Best: Calamint

Double: Ashbury & Queen�s Logic

Hyderabad, Oct. 2: 
Ridden brilliantly by by B. Prakash the odds-on favourite Starsky galloped to an easy victory in The Hindu Deccan Derby, at the Hyderabad races on Tuesday. Dallas Todywalla trained the Selkirk-Zaya gelding.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Turf Club Cup 1,400m: (3-4-5) Royal Fantasy (B. Krishnan) 1; Duncan Duke 2; River Beat 3. Won by: 4; 2; (1-31.4). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 13; 30; 18; Quinella: 327; Tanala: 1,987. Fav: Royal Fantasy (3).

2.Bangalore Turf Club Trophy 1,200m: (5-4-3) Align (Prakash) 1; Flight Fantasy 2; Stroke of Genius 3. Not run: Batalik (1). Won by: 3; 3/4; (1-16.3). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 14; 26; Quinella: 61; Tanala: 440. Fav: Align (5).

3. Rani Rudramma Devi Cup 1,800m: (1-2-4) Artistic Tribute (B. Shinde) 1; Quantum Leap 2; Ocelot 3. Won by: 7-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-58.9). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 16; 13; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 347. Fav: Quantum Leap (2).

4. Alluri Seetharama Raju Trophy 1,400m: (11-1-8) Tippler (Jagdale) 1; Venus Star 2; Change Over 3. Won by: 1/2; 1/2; (1-30.8). Tote: Win Rs 797; Place: 188; 37; 54; Quinella: 5,496; Tan-ala: 63,490 (C.o). Fav: Scottsdale (3).

5. The Hindu Deccan Derby 2,000m: (4-5-3-7) Starsky (Prakash) 1; Taipan (M. Narredu) 2; Royal Amaretto (Gallagher) 3; Cannon Baby (I. Chisty) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; 2; 3-1/2; (2-9.6). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 13; 11; 20; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 135. Fav: Starsky (4).

6. Madras Race Club Cup 1,400m: (8-2-3) Personal Accord (K. Ganesh) 1; Adjure Syndic 2; Baazigar 3. Won by: SH; Hd; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 19; 15; 26; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 996. Fav: Adjure Syndic (2).

7. Kitty Bank Cup 1,200m: (3-7-6) Nuclear (R. Pandey) 1; Top Wave 2; Classic Punch 3. Won by:Nk; 1/2; (1-18.6). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 20; 45; 18; Quinella: 392; Tanala: 4,764. Fav: Nuclear (3).

Jackpot: Rs 60,557 (Carried over); (C) Rs 15,572.

Treble: (i) Rs 7,000; (ii) Rs 359.

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