GUWAHATI, Dec 21 – Qualifier Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered a humiliating 1-4 defeat at the hands of their Kolkata mate McDowell Mohun Bagan Athletic Club in the group B inaugural match of the Federation Cup at the Nehru Stadium here today.
Although Md Sporting put up a spirited show throughout the course they failed to contain the well-combined Bagan attackers and conceded four goals.
Bagan frontliners Jose Barreto, Chidi Edeh and Sueka Ryuji combined so well that the Sporting defenders hardly could anticipate their tricky moves.
Barreto drew first blood with a beautiful header in the sixth minute anticipating a floater from L James Singh who got the ball from Ryuji off a short corner kick (1-0).
Against the run of play, Md Sporting built an attack from the left flank and skipper Jothi Kumar placed the ball inside the Bagan net after dodging past defender Sur Kumar Singh in the 27th minute (1-1).
It was Japanese recruit, Ryuji, who put Bagan ahead in the 41st minute with a smart header (2-1). Barreto found James Singh at the right flank and James sent a measured floater to Ryuji who beat theSporting goalkeeper Naseem Akhter at the far post.
After changing over, Bagan took complete control on the game and made repeated forays at the opponent citadel. But till the 89th minute, they could not increase the margin. Barreto netted the third goal off a good move initiated by substitute Ishtaq Ahmed. Chidi setthe ball for Barreto and he made no mistake in hitting the net (3-1).
Finally Chidi completed the rout in the added time with a sharp grounder (4-1). Ishtaq beautifully set the ball up for Chidi to drive home.
Mahindra bt Chirag: In the other match of the day, Mahindra United edged past Chirag United 2-1. Sushil Kumar Singh and NP Pradip scored for Mahindra in the 45th and 63rd minutes respectively, while Eduardo Chaconwelho Lacerda reduced the margin in the 77th minute converting a spot kick.
Earlier, the tournament was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
At Silchar: Churchill Brothers won their opening match in group C against Hindustan Aerounatic Limited 3-0. Paite scored in the 25th and 83rd minutes respectively, while Bodafa scored one in the 67th minute.
Mumbai Football Club rallied to beat Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1. Amof put the Goans ahead in the 27th minute but they failed in maintaining the lead. Perreira drew parity in the 42nd minute while Subhash Chakravorty fired the match winner in the 74th minute. At Silchar former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev inaugurated the championship in a well attended function.
Today’s matches: (Guwahati): Dempo vs Pune FC, 3.30 pm, Air India vs Shillong Lajong, 6 pm. (Silchar): East Bengal vs Viva Kerala, 3.30 pm, JCT vs Salgaocar. 6 pm. ASSAM TRIBUNE