The Kolkata outfit dominated the proceedings against an unfancied Sikkim side on Monday evening...
Riding on an early goal by Daniel Bedemi, Bhawanipore recorded a 1-0 victory over United Sikkim at the MDS Stadium, Manjeri in a group D clash of the Federation Cup.
Juliano Fontana made three changes to the team which lost to Mohammedan Sporting as Debjit Majumder, Surabuddin Mollick and Nabin Hela being benched in favour of Sudipta Banerjee, Anubrata Maity and Snehasish Dutta.
On the other hand, United Sikkim coach Bhupendra Khewa almost changed the entire line-up with five changes as Afzal Ansari,Nim Tshering Lepcha,James Singh,Nima Tamang and Rakshit Kumar earning a start.
It was United Sikkim who started better of the two sides but in a quick counterattack launched in the fourth minute, Daniel Bedemi found himself in an one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Rakshit Kumar to beat after Anubrata Maity sent an inch perfect through-ball down the middle. The Nigerian did the needful to put his side into the lead.
Ten minutes later, Noushad had to resort to some last ditch defending as he cleared the ball off the line after Somide Adelaja went to place the ball instead of slotting it home with goalkeeper Sudipta Banerjee diving in the opposite direction.
The Snow Lions continued to keep more of the ball as Bhawanipore resorted to sitting deep in their own half and hoping to catch the opposition on counterattack.
Adelaja was once again guilty of not taking the half-chances that were coming his way with some good work on the right by Mobin Rai and Mayal Lepcha who kept crossing into the box at every opportunity.
Just before the half-time whistle, Surkumar Singh’s shot from outside the box blazed over the bar after a corner-kick by Lepcha.
Immediately after the break, Bhawanipore had the first chance as Bedemi’s cross towards Lepcha saw the latter fail to reach it as the chance went begging for the Kolkata outfit.
In the 50th minute, Manjit Singh snatched the ball in the midfielder and ran at United Sikkim’s back-line only to shoot wide, much to the disappointment of Fontana.
The next chance came only in the 77th minute as the play was restricted to the middle of the park with no chances being created.
J.Prasad’s curling effort from the left fizzled across the face of goal and went wide.
The score-line remained the same until the end as Bhawanipore ended their campaign on a high.
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