Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra moved off the bottom of the JB Bangladesh
Premier League table after a 1-0 win over defending champions and title
contenders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National
Nasirul Islam struck the winning goal in the 16th minute as the
right-back, set up by Monaem Khan Raju, advanced into the danger zone to
drive one low under the legs of goalkeeper Mazharul Islam Himel.
It was only the second victory for the team based in Bashundhara, who
celebrated the 53rd birthday of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, by moving off the foot of the table
and into 11th position with eight points.
Sheikh Jamal, on the other hand, suffered their second successive
defeat and fell to fourth position, three behind league leaders
Rahmatganj MFS, on 19 points from 11 outings.
Coming into this match on the back of a defeat against Mohammedan SC
in the previous match, the charges of Stefan Hansson created a couple of
scoring chances, but failed to capitalise. Rakib Sarker rattled the
crossbar in the 32nd minute while Wedson Anselme saw his curling
free-kick brilliantly kept out by Sheikh Russel goalkeeper Zianur
Rahman, who was later replaced after sustaining a serious head injury.
UTTAR BARIDHARA BREAK LOSING STREAK
Uttar Baridhara Club put an end to their nine-match losing streak by
inflicting a 1-0 defeat on Mohammedan SC in the first match of the day.
Uttar Baridhara were in danger of equalling their worst losing
streak after suffering nine straight defeats since winning the league's
first match against Sheikh Russel, but they turned their fortunes in the
last match of the first leg yesterday, thanks to an 84th minute penalty
conversion by Khalekuzzaman Sabuj.
Mohammedan, having claimed their first win in the last match after
coach Joshimuddin Joshi had left the club due to 'adverse environment in
the camp', played aimless football throughout the match apart from
initiating a few sporadic attacks. Even those attacks did not come to
fruition, thanks to a couple of brilliant saves from Uttar Baridhara
goalkeeper Mohammad Ershad, who denied Ismael Bangoura and Aminur Rahman
Sajib in the second half.
Then Sabuj struck the crucial blow from the spot, blasting the top of
the net, after being brought down by Yousuf Ali Khan and Biswanath
Ghosh inside the danger zone.
The fourth defeat in 11 matches means Mohammedan finished the first
leg in 10th position with nine points while Baridhara, despite their
first win, dropped to the bottom after Sheikh Russel's win over Sheikh