Mohammedan Sporting Club U-15s suffered an opening day defeat in Kolkata Zonal Round of the 2017/18 U-15 Youth League on Friday when SAI East Zone strolled to a 1-0 win at Kamalgazi Sports Compelx in Kolkata. The Young Panthers fell to Dukhu Singh Sardar’s goal in the 14th minute.
SAI started as the better side and put the Mohammedan SC defense under severe pressure. The humid conditions did not help the Young Panthers either. SAI had the first opening as early as the 4th minute when Akash Kumar beat a defender and unleashed a shot that went straight to the Mohammedan SC keeper Sakirul Islam.
The SAI attacks were too frequent to deny them for long as the Gunadhar Mondal-coached side forged ahead in the 14th minute when skipper Kajal Ghosh sent in a peach of a cross that beat defender Monirul Rahman and went straight to the head of Dukhu Singh who buried it into the net with a powerful header.
William Lalgoulien, around the half hour mark, had a golden opportunity to equalize for Mohammedan SC but the forward shot wide of the goal with only keeper to beat.
A couple of minutes later SAI nearly made Mohammedan Sporting pay for their mistake when Kajal raced into the penalty box and unleashed a drive but Rajesh Molla was present on the line to thwart the danger as the first half ended 1-0.
In the second half Mohammedan SC played a muh better game but were guilty of missing several chances. First William shot over in the 50th minute while Tarun Munda failed to get his shot on goal at the hour mark.
Meanwhile, at the other end, SAI too had a few close chances but the Mohammedan SC defense worked well to thwart every single attempt.
Towards the end, the Young Panthers battled hard for the equalizer but couldn’t get the job done as the game ended 1-0 in favour of SAI.
Mohammedan SC coach Murai Kar was disappointed with his misfiring strikers and felt that his side should have come away with at least a point. “We played very well in the second half. We missed far too many chances and we need to do really well in the coming games,” he said.
Mohammedan Sporting face ATK next on 16 November, 2017 at the same venue.
(Mohammedan Sporting Club)