Md. Sp. fail to log full points
Calcutta: As the floodlights were getting switched off at the Mohammedan Sporting ground, Raghu Nandy sank in his chair near the dugout, his blank face summarising all that had happened in the 90-odd minutes preceding the scene.
Though Mohammedan Sporting didn’t lose their CFL Premier Division A match against George Telegraph on Friday, the barren draw against one of the lesser teams in a crunch league was definitely no less than a setback.
Having already lost a match before, against Aryan, this result would make things more difficult for Nandy’s team.
Friday’s match, as far as Mohammedan Sporting were concerned, was all about missed chances. There were so many of them that one almost lost count.
And the fact that they were playing with a lone striker in Princewill Emeka didn’t help Mohammedan Sporting either. On a number of occasions, the Nigerian just didn’t have enough support to convert a chance into a goal.
In the first half, Mohammedan Sporting got a chance as early as in the fourth minute, but Dipendu Dowary fired his left-footed effort wide of the George Telegraph goal.
Five minutes later, Princewill could have made something out of a good opportunity — a move initiated by Satyam Sharma and Prosenjit Chakraborty — but the Nigerian was denied by George Telegraph goalkeeper Laltu Mondal from close range.
Laltu, who was later adjudged Man of the Match, denied Princewill again minutes later as the ’keeper prevailed in a one-on-one situation.
After the match, Nandy criticised his players’ inability to convert chances. “Yes, it is upsetting not to win the match playing at our home ground. But what do you do when your players miss so many chances?” a dejected Nandy asked.
After four matches, Mohammedan Sporting have seven points.
Mohun Bagan currently lead the standings with 10 points from four games.
CFL PREMIER DIV. A
MD. SPORTING 0
GEORGE TELEGRAPH 0