A late brace from Philip Adjah helped Mohammedan emerge victorious over East Bengal in their Calcutta Football League match at the East Bengal ground on Tuesday. A spending second-half show helped the winners register a 2-1 scoreline despite trailing by a goal at half-time.
Subhash Bhowmick made three changes in the starting lineup that suffered a shock defeat against minnows Peerless SC in their last match. Lalrozama Fanai, Prakash Sarkar and Yami Longvah replaced Lalram Chullova, Lalrindika Ralte and Brandon Vanlalremdika.
Mohammedan technical director Raghu Nandy, on the other hand, made just one change. Rahul KP came in place of Sumit Das.
The Black Panthers came close to breaking the deadlock in the very first minute of the match. Princewell Emeka took advantage of Samad Ali Mallick's sloppy defending and entered the penalty box. He went for the goal from a one-on-one position but Rakshit Dagar came to East Bengal's rescue.
The Red and Golds started to dominate proceedings as the game progressed. Their attacking approach yielded them their first goal of the match in the 11th minute.
Lalrozama Fanai's corner was initially headed at goal by Laldanmawia Ralte but Arup Debnath blocked the effort. Johnny Acosta slotted the ball home from the rebound to score his second goal for the club.
East Bengal could have doubled the lead in the 27th minute when Laldanmawia Ralte received Joby Justin's square pass inside the box and took a shot at goal. Arup Debnath stood firm and saved the shot.
Mohammedan came out all guns blazing in the second half. Raghu Nandy had introduced young winger Prosenjit Chakraborty to increase the firepower upfront.
In a span of 10 minutes, the Black Panthers came close to scoring on four occasions but they were unfortunate in front of goal.
In the 54th minute, Dipendu Dowary and Rahul KP failed to find the back of the net from inside the six-yard box. They were at a handshaking from Dagar but failed to equalise. Prosenjit Chakraborty attempted a shot at goal but hit the post and went out.
East Bengal had failed to turn up in the second half. And in the 87th minute, Philip Adjah finally scored the equaliser. The striker capitalised on Laldanmawia's back pass and ghosted past Johnny Acosta to find the back of the net.
Just when it looked like the match was heading for a draw, Adjah scored the winning goal for Mohammedan just seconds before the full-time whistle from a counter attack. He dribbled through the middle of the pitch, outfoxed the East Bengal goalkeeper and slotted the ball home to give his team a memorable win.