In football, Mohammedan Sporting Club had a bad day in office in Srinagar on Saturday. Twice they took the lead against local challengers Real Kashmir FC but they couldn’t hold on to it and surrendered all three points finally.
The famed Kolkata outfit’s futsal side, however, didn’t lose the script in the first semifinals of the Futsal Club Championship in the KD Jadhav Hall at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Saturday, February 18. Pitted against Delhi FC, the defending champions Mohammedan Sporting took an early lead and managed to emerge 7-6 winners in the end despite huge pressure from the local side.
In the final to be played on Sunday at the same venue at 7.30pm, the Black and White brigade will clash with mighty Minerva Academy, who outclassed and outplayed Electric Veng Futsal Club 13-8 in an ill-tempered outing.
The men who made Mohammedan Sporting’s dream of reaching the final possible were Suvo Khatoora and Sandeep Oraw. Both of them struck hattricks in the game. Shamsad Ali scored the other goal. The Kolkata side’s biggest strong point was that never for a moment in the match they surrendered the lead and withstood immense pressure from the rivals. For Delhi FC, Jojo Zaihmingthanga (2), K Roluahpuia (2), David Laltlansanga and George MS Dawngliana scored the goals.
In the Minerva Academy vs Electric Veng Futsal Club match, the former’s superiority was never in question. With prolific scorer Nikhil Mali alone accounting for five goals and T Radhakanta Singh netting three, Minerva Academy dictated terms from the very start. Jayesh Sutar, Joel Beckham Simon, Craig Hermete D’Souza, Clinton Rosario D’Souza and Rugved Ajay Yeole scored the other goals. For Electric Veng FC, Lalrinsanga Khawlhring (3), Jonathan Lalrawngbawla (2), Samuel Lawmsiamkima (2) and Lalsangkima were the marksmen.