Tarun Sangha back in hunt with 3-1 victory

Tarun Sangha’s over-dependence on their foreign recruits,both Nigerians — Henry and Figo — and their failure in most of the super league matches had left last year’s semi-finalists with little chance of bettering their run this season.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 11, 2009 11:31:40 pm

Tarun Sangha’s over-dependence on their foreign recruits,both Nigerians — Henry and Figo — and their failure in most of the super league matches had left last year’s semi-finalists with little chance of bettering their run this season. On Tuesday,the 3-1 victory over City FC pulled things back for Sangha,as they joined other contenders with seven points from five matches.

It appeared as if Altafuddin Ahmed and Mohammad Mokhtar would rise above their foreign team mates,stitching together passes from the left flank and centre,but it were the two Nigerians who hit the scoresheet again. Henry’s brace took his account to six out of the eight goals Sangha have netted in the super league .

In the first 45 minutes against City FC though,it was the Indian pair who helped Sangha dominate the proceedings,despite Henry drawing first blood after Figo was downed by Sohrab Khan inside the box. Mokhtar’s first impression was a pass from the left that eluded Sohrab and Henry comfortably beat goalkeeper Nitin Kumar.

Altaf,meanwhile,kept feeding the forwards along with Mokhtar but most of the moves ended in misdirected shots. But for keeping the rest at bay in the first half,Kumar’s work under the bar — as he fended off recurring strikes from Henry and Figo— was also acclaimed.

On changing ends,Mokhtar and Altaf were given added responsibilities to protect the lead.

They did that reasonably until City’s David Meth scored from at least 35-yards off the post. Akshay Dutt was patchy in the field as most of his crosses never reached the strikers timely.

David’s goal was arguably one of the best this season,but not good enough to keep his team in the hunt. Minutes later,however,a simple goal from Figo from compatriot Henry made the scoreline more one-sided in favour of Sangha.

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