Mohammedan Sporting Club were stunned 0-1 by Aryan Club in their second 2018 Calcutta Football League – Premier Division ‘A’ encounter at the Barasat Municipal Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Although the Black Panthers went into the match as hot favourites but it was Aryan Club who stunned them thanks to a 37th-minute goal by Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel.
Going into the match, Mohammedan Sporting head coach Sudip Sarkar made one change from their previous match against FCI by handing Satyam Sharma his first start of the season replacing Laltu Hembram as Mohammedan Sporting TD Raghu Nandi faced his son on the other side’s bench.
The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan Sporting‚ as expected‚ pressing high to nullify Aryan’s effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable. Reluctantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.
The first real opportunity came after 17 minutes when Aryan Club goalkeeper Shouvik Santra made a save from Princewill Emeka‚ who had done well to turn the defence and put himself into a shooting position. But the Nigerian forward failed to get any real power behind his shot.
On the half hour mark‚ Princewill hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and eight minutes later winger Jewel Raja rose unchallenged to head a corner narrowly wide.
While Mohammedan Sporting pressed high up, opponents Aryan Club managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Nigerian striker Emmanuel capitalized on a defensive error to beat Black Panthers custodian Priyant Singh from close range in the 37th minute.
Having conceded, Mohammedan Sporting began attacking with intensity through Princewill, Dipendu Dowary and Prosenjit Chakraborty but rivals Aryan Club managed to hold on defending deep as the first half ended 1-0.
Mohammedan Sporting continued to dictate matters at the start of the second-half with substitute Mohammad Amirul shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the session.
Aryan Club, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Kunal Ghosh broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Priyant.
Mohammedan Sporting’s attacking kingpin Dipendu Dowary also had a tough evening, in being closely marked and was not able to unleash his usual high-quality supply to the front men.
Towards the end, Mohammedan Sporting showed more endeavour in attack but they were unable to breach a Aryan Club defence expertly marshalled by Seydou Mady and Raju Koley as Aryan Club held on to record a historic victory.