With this win, Mohammedan Sporting occupies the eight position with five points while Mahindra United have plunged further down to 10th.
started with Mohammedan Sporting initiating an act from the right with Mike
Okoro’s cross being cleared by an alert Justin Stephen.
United settled better of the two sides and created a number of chances in the
early stages. Mohammedan Sporting were finding it difficult to contend with the
influx of Mahindra attacks but were saved more because of the Mumbai’s teams
squandering efforts in front of the net than their own defenders.
minute saw Chidi Edeh send in a cross from the right for Steven Dias but the
Indian international under pressure from the Mohammedan defender hit wide.
later, it was Douhou’s cross from the left at the far post where Steven Dias
took it on the volley and missed the target.
Edeh was in the thick of things as he cut inside from the right and his final
shot went over the bar.
did launch two quick counterattacks but the linesman got it wrong on both
occasions as he ruled Mike Okoro offside.
had another crack at the goal from the right but his effort went over the bar.
Debabrata, then, released Douhou whose shot suffered the same fate as Steven’s.
Chidi had another chance but Mahindra United failed to make the most of it.
minute saw the Red Devils create another move from the right as Chidi forced
his way past Mir Farooq and his resulting cross for Pradeep and Douhou in the
box never produced the desired result as the last man cleared the impending
danger, though only just.
At the other
end, Mohammedan soon looked to get more of the ball and their confidence grew
with each touch. Adebayo’s driver from 25 yards missed the target by inches.
a free-kick after Chidi was fouled by defender Madhab Das and the shot by
Pradeep wasn’t worth anything.
latched onto a floater and got the better of Sushant Matthew and his fierce
right footer was well saved by Mahindra custodian Subashish Chowdhary.
was easily getting past Steven and Sushant for his moves and looked at ease. Mir
Farroq and Chidi Edeh suffered a clash of heads in the 37th minute.
had a brilliant chance after he took the ball from Sukhwinder Singh at the half
line and his pacy run caught several defenders wanting. His final shot lacked
power and went wide.
were cautious in early stages of the second half with the first real chance
coming only after twelve minutes as Douhou’s ball into the box wasn’t connected
by midfielder Pradeep.
There was some
shifting for Mahindra United as Steven was substituted for Sushil Kumar with
Pradeep moving back in the defence while Sushant occupying the right flank.
initiated a brilliant counterattack and ran more than half the field with a
good move involving Vimal Pariyar but as the Ghanaian attempted to cross from
the left flank, he hit the ball straight to Dhanraj Ravanan.
The very next
moment saw Chidi hit a shot instead of passing it to Sushil, who spent all his
energy in calling for the ball, after turning a Mohammedan defender which was
easily collected by Tharangachan.
a good chance in the 68th minute as Douhou got the better of Anit
Ghosh and Gurpreet Singh and was almost in a one-on-one position but an alert
Tharangaachan came out to ward off the danger.
skipper Ajayan blasted from 25 yards but saw his effort not testing the
Thakur header could have almost gone in had it not been for goalkeeper
Subashish Chowdhary who dived to his right to save after Mike Okoro crossed.
The very next
minute saw Mohammedan float the ball and Mike Okoro nipped the ball for a cool
finish. Pradeep missed the header completely while goalkeeper Subashish came
Singh’s strike from 25 yards tested Tharangachan’s reflexes and a Sushil header
from the rebound went out of play.
Mohamed Rafi’s cross was headed into Sushil Kumar by Gurpreet Singh and the
Mahindra striker’s shot was blocked by Anit Ghosh.
minute of the added time saw Mohammedan custodian Tharangachan come off his
line and cleared a Douhou cross weakly. The ball went to Paresh Shivalkar whose
shot went into the orbit.
United need to sort their problems and get their league campaign back on track.
They have only themselves to blame having not taken their chances early on.
A good win
for Mohammedan and an inspiring display by Mike Okoro who was rightly awarded
the man of the match.
Mike Okoro (74th min)