After Simla Youngs and Indian Air Force drew 1-1 in their Lieutenant Governors Cup group league match on Wednesday,a decision was awaited from the Bhawanipore Club versus Border Security Force fixture. Both teams losing start to their respective campaigns made it all the more obvious as a negative result or a draw wouldve have lessened their chances of making the last four.
With the electronic scoreboard flashing 0-0 at full time,however,all the optimism had waned. The match,mostly a tug-of-war between skill and power,remained even till the 90th minute with both Bhawanipore and BSF having their share of opportunities. The Punjab teams Amanpreet Singh,Gurpreet Kumar,Boy Singh and Henary Singh went off the blocks early to keep the Kolkata boys on a leash. The Bhawanipore defenders Shiekh Montajul,Sudipta Roy and Priyam Polley were repeatedly overpowered by rival midfielders and the duo of Haopao Kipzen and PB Ekka.
Within ten minutes,the dribbles and passes from Polley,Montajul,skipper Amar Ganguly and Amit Chakroborty had drifted past their broad-chested rivals,only to fail to pierce the last line of defence. Bhawanipore coach Debjit Ghosh had all his cards out with swapping positions and substitutions,but it was some one-dimensional attacking that gave in to BSFs defence with Kabul Singh,Kulwinder Singh,Mandeep Singh and Ekka thwarting everything.
In the first half,the attacks were limited through the right wing despite Montajuls fine run and potent crosses. Playing Polley through left for the entire second half,all attacks were confined to the right flank which triggered spot-on marking from the rivals. While ultimately the defenders deserved a pat for saving the goalkeepers any tests,in the 79th minute BSF had their heart in their mouth. Chakroborty and Montajul paired up through the midfield into the danger area but expected Roy to shoot. They were left waiting,as were the spectators though.