statesman news service
Kolkata, 11 September
No black comedy; only white-hot conviction. For today, at any rate. Mohammedan Sporting Club were worth a lot more than the 1-0 victory they forced against Aryan Club at Salt Lake Stadium, with Penn Orji striking in the 41st minute. But, given that they had been shackled to a 1-1 draw by Bhowanipore Club, in their first match the other day in the current edition of the Calcutta Football League’s Premier Division, their fans, feisty as ever, would have gone home happy. Their first win, this one, this time around. Aryan Club have long been known for giving the Maidan’s dominating triumvirate the jitters but they didn’t quite look the giant-killing part today. It happens. On a soft turf, and defying oppressive humidity, the black-and-white brigade went over well, though the scoreline was fated to look anaemic till the end – and beyond.
If the club loyalists’ high-decibel mirth was marred a little by the fact that Josimar rammed the bar twice in post-break play, the thrust they seemed capable of suggested an awakening of fresh hopes around them in a season when they would also be obliged to try and find their feet in the I-League, with its away matches and the complications that they portend.
Tomorrow, East Bengal, whose first match, against Kalighat Milan Samity came to be abandoned in bad light earlier this week, take on Police Athletic Club.
ONGC and Indian Navy posted easy wins in their quarterfinal league round matches of the Durand Cup today. While ONGC thrashed Army Red 4-1, Indian Navy got the better of Air India 2-0.