Mohammedan Sporting 2 (Josimar – 75th, Masih – 90+2)
Bhawanipore FC 0
By Debayan Mukherjee,
AIFF Media Team,
MANJERI: Second half goals from Josimar da Silva and substitute Rakesh Masih kept alive Mohammedan Sporting’s semi-final hopes as they downed lowly Bhawanipore FC by two goals in a Group D match of the Federation Cup here at MDSC Stadium Friday.
Josimar scored off Manish Maithani's corner after Syed Rahim Nabi headed it on for the Brazilian to tap in.
Mohammedan Sporting saw their lead getting doubled deep into second half stoppage time when substitute Rakesh Masih sent home a splendid left-footed long ranger that dipped into the net.
The Sanjoy Sen coached outfit could have added a second in the 82nd minute only had their Nigerian playmaker Penn Orji converted from a one on one situation after Syed Rahim Nabi had set him up inside the 18-yard box.
Bhawanipore's Sourav Chakraborty dashed at Josimar to hand Mohammedan Sporting the spot kick.
It was the Durand Cup champions who set the pace early on in the first half. Winning three corners in the first twenty minutes, the Kolkata outfit kept their city rivals’ defense on tenterhooks.
Midfielder Antony Soren showed sparks of brilliance making space for himself amidst a sea of legs and teeing up Josimar and Penn on most occasions. Nirmal Chhetri also impressed down the right channel with his overlapping runs and inch-perfect crosses inside the area.
The first real chance for Mohammedan came in the 16th minute but Nabi shot over from Nirmal's diagonal cross.
Bhawanipore had a half chance when Nabin Hela’s attempt off Prasad’s cross fizzed across goal. The second-division side did not trouble Mohammedan Sporting at all after that and were insipid throughout the match.
While Mohammedan Sporting have six in their kitty from two matches, Bhawanipore are out of the competition having failed to register a win in their two outings so far.
Posted on : Friday January 17, 2014