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Fifth win in a row for Customs

Calcutta, April 12: Calcutta Customs earned a good 2-0 victory over West Bengal Police, while Calcutta Port Trust failed to capitalise on some distinct second-half domination over CC&FC to end goalless their BHA first division Group A league match here Saturday.

Customs were clearly the dominant side of the day. This victory was their fifth in-a-row.

Satbinder Singh scored in the 14th and the 16th minutes and then missed a sitter and his hattrick to help Customs win at the East Bengal ground.

At the Mohun Bagan ground Port Trust were the dominant side, though there was a feeling that once inside the striking circle, the Port players lost their way too quickly.

The first half was a trifle dull, with not too many moves either way. Not one penalty corner was awarded either way in the first half. The exchanges were sort of equal. The tempo picked up somewhat in the second half and slowly the Port players made forays, especially up the flanks. Port managed to force five penalty corners in this half, but all were messed up.

At least four sitters were missed by Port, Iqbal Singh himself missing two, with Junas Bera and Prashant Toppo ‘contributing’ two more.

Port, whose match versus SAI is still hanging fire (being abandoned twice — the remaining 40-odd minutes will be played), needed this match to stay in the hunt for the title. This goalless draw makes it a little difficult for this institutional team to catch up with teams like Customs, CESC and the like.

In group B, Muslim Institute whipped Vivid 5-0. Jugal Minz scored twice, while Abhay Kerketta, Vikram Minz and S. Dung Dung scored the others.

In another match of group B, also at the Mohammedan Sporting ground, Calcutta Parsees got it too easy versus Shanti Sangha, the latter team absenting itself.

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