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CFL 2019: Calcutta Premier Division A Roundup: Week 4

CFL 2019: Calcutta Premier Division A Roundup: Week 4
The Mariners corner: Mohun Bagan AC supporters at the Kolkata Derby
in the Calcutta Premier Division A match at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan Stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Indian Express

After registering their first wins, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan played out a 0-0 draw in the Kolkata derby in the Calcutta Premier Division A match.

Meanwhile, Bhowanipore Club and George Telegraph occupy the top two positions in the league table despite suffering their first losses of the campaign.

Stalemate in Kolkata derby

East Bengal FC and Mohun Bagan AC played out a goalless draw in the Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Mohun Bagan dominated the match with Joseba Beitia leading the attack. However, V P Suhair wasted some opportunities to seize the initiative for the Mariners. Mohun Bagan could have won the match in stoppage time when Beitia set up Alexander Romario with a curling cross, but the latter failed to find the back of the net.

The defending champions are eighth position with five points, whereas East Bengal are fourth with seven points.

CFL 2019: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal
Decked in Red & Gold: East Bengal supporters at the Kolkata Derby
in the Calcutta Premier Division A match at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan Stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Indian Express

East Bengal register easy wins

East Bengal had won two matches in a row to register their first points in the Calcutta Premier Division A.

The first match against BSS Sporting Club, Jaime Santos Colado opened the scoring in the 18th minute after finishing the move he started. East Bengal continued to attack and doubled the lead in the 52nd minute.

Bidyasagar Singh capitalized on a defensive mistake and doubled the lead. BSS pulled one back in the dying moments of the match from a penalty. Kamalpreet Singh handled the ball inside the box and William Opoku stepped up to make it 2-1, however, it was only a consolation.

Later in the week, East beat Aryan Club 3-0 at the East Bengal Grounds. Lalrindika Ralte finished Brandon’s pass from the right to put his team ahead in the 41st minute.

At the hour’s mark, Colado finished a wonderful move to make it 2-0. The Spaniard made it 3-0 in the 88th minute after finishing off a pass from Ronaldo Oliveira.

Mohun Bagan made to sweat by BSS

Mohun Bagan registered their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 win over BSS Sporting Club at Kalyani Stadium. The Mariners could have gone ahead within five minutes when they were awarded a penalty. Fran Gonzalez stepped up and hit the post from the spot-kick.

After the half-hour mark, Salva Chamorro headed in a cross from Nongdomba Naorem to give Mohun Bagan the lead. BSS equalized the very next minute through William Opoku. 

Mohun Bagan regained the lead in the 47th minute when youngster Naorem put his team in front to pick up its first win of the tournament.  

CFL Premier Division A Table

For this season, the format is a league + knockout tournament. 14 teams will be divided into two groups and top three from each group will earn a direct quarter final berth. The remaining eight will then play with each other and the top two will complete the last-eight teams. The eight teams will enter the quarterfinals in the knockout stage.
1Bhawanipore FC (Q)5320111174
2United Sports Club (Q)531110853
3BSS Sporting Club (Q)5311101073
4Mohammedan SC52127752
5Railway FC5113459-4
6Southern Samity50050412-8
7SC East Bengal (DNP)00000000
1Peerless SC (Q)5311101156
2Calcutta Customs (Q)5311101046
3George Telegraph SC (Q)52309633
4Aryan Club51316633
5Tollygunge Agragami51134510-5
6Kidderpore SC50141316-13
7ATK Mohun Bagan (DNP)00000000

Arthur Koassi stars in Mohammedan win

Mohammedan Sporting Club ended a three-match winless streak in the Calcutta Premier Division A with a 2-1 win over George Telegraph at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

After a barren first-half, three goals were scored in a 10-minute spell. Arthur Koassi headed in a Vanlalbiaa cross in the 63rd minute to give Mohammedan the lead. Four minutes later, the referee awarded the home team a penalty. Koassi stepped up and doubled the lead. Five minutes later, Echezona Anyichie headed in a corner to reduce the deficit for George Telegraph

George Telegraph showing great determination in their pursuit of an equalizer, while Mohammedan SC remained solid at the back to hold on to their first win and climb up the table with six points from four matches.

Earlier in the week, Mohammedan played out a 0-0 match against Rainbow AC at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

Peerless, Rainbow AC, BSS post wins

Peerless SC beat Kalighat Milan Sangha 4-1 at the Barasat Stadium. Ansumana Kromah scored a hattrick and Edmond Peprah scored the other. Alexander Kouame scored the consolation for Kalighat MS. The win takes Peerless to third place with seven points, while Kalighat MS are in 10th place with four points.

Over at the Gayeshpur Stadium, Rainbow AC beat Aryan Club by a first-half goal through Avijit Sarkar. The win takes Rainbow AC to sixth place, with six points from five points, while Aryan Club is in ninth place with five points from six matches.

At the Barasat Stadium, newcomers BSS Sporting Club registered their first win in the campaign with a 1-0 win over Bhawanipore Club. William Opuku scoring the solitary goal in the 70th minute to take BSS to seventh place with five points.

Despite their first loss of the campaign, Bhawanipore Club retain their position at the top the table with 10 points from five matches.

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