| Scorers Mohammed Rafique and Ranty Martins, on Wednesday. A Telegraph picture
Calcutta: Prayag United SC hardly broke a sweat as they got past Peerless Sports Club 3-1, in a CFL Premier Division match at the Salt Lake Stadium, here, on Wednesday.
Mohammed Rafique, Ranty Martins and Carlos Hernandez scored for the winners, while Adekunle Waheed netted the consolation goal.
This was United’s last CFL match before the Federation Cup and coach Shankar Sen, who fielded a full-strength side, will be pleased with the day’s performance. United could have won by a bigger margin but for the woodwork which denied them three goals.
“We are playing well as a unit,” Ranty said after the match. Quite true. Still defence needs to be more alert if this expensively-assembled side wants to make a mark at the national level. Gouramangi Singh, playing his first match in United colours, was tentative and is yet to form a decent understanding with Bello Rassaq.
Gouramangi should take the flak for the goal which United conceded. He bungled with a regulation clearance and an onrushing goalkeeper Subrata Paul had no other option than bringing down Waheed inside the box. Waheed calmly converted the penalty. Midway through the first half United survived a scare as Gouramangi was a tad slow in dealing with a delivery from the right. The India international could have got his name in the scresheet too but his free header was too weak from inside the six-yard box.
If Gouramangi had a not-so-impressive- first day, Costa Rican World Cupper Carlos is slowly getting into the groove. He was very good on the field and played a stellar role at the centre of the park. His passing is excellent and most of the time his teammates were not been able to read his through balls.
The first goal came in the 24th minute when Ranty played it Rafique placed it perfectly past the Peerless goalkeeper Rakesh Prasad.
The second came three minutes before the half-time. Shylo Malsawmtluanga played a long ball to Ranty. The Nigerian beat the off-side trap and with a deft first touch got past an onrushing Prasad to push ball home.
The third came in the 70th minute. Rafique lobbed it into the Peerless box and Carlos’ rasping right footer hit the back of the net.
United Sports Club: Subrata Paul, Deepak Mondal, Gouramangi Singh, Bello Rassaq, Ravinder Singh, Gouranga Biswas, Mohammed Rafique (Shankar Oraon 71), Shylo Malsawmtluanga (Lester Fernandes 54), K Asif, Carlos Hernandez (Zakeer Mundampara 78), Ranty Martins.
Peerless SC: Rakesh Prasad, Zaheb Hassan (Amiya Mondal 67), Samsung, Raju Orao, Dabayan Saha, Wasim Raja, Samuel Jackson, Amar Sardar, Adekunle Waheed, Ranjan Mistri, Mosso Murmu.
Referee: Bishnupada Mondal