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Brothers overpower Mohammedan

Both teams finish premier league campaigns
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Brothers overpower Mohammedan
Brother Union players celebrate their important win over Mohammedan Sporting Club in their Bangladesh Premier Football League match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. Bff photo

Brothers Union finished the Saif Power Battery Bangladesh Premier League football with winning note after defeating Mohammedan Sorting Club by a solitary goal yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium of the day.

Ariful Islam Shanto scored the all important goal in the match at the midway of the first half and ultimately this was turned into the match decider.

After winning the match Brothers ended the league with 22 points from five wins, seven draws and conceding 10 defeats while Mohammedan finished on fifth position with 32 points from nine victories, five draws and eight defeats.            

Mohammedan and Brothers, both sides had spent tough time right after beginning the league and were under relegation threat up to the initial stage of the second leg and gradually got rid of the trouble.

Specially, Mohammedan made stunning bounce back right after first two consecutive defeats in the second leg when they remained unbeaten in seven matches at a stretch with four wins and three draw before this encounter, when this tremendous comeback not only open the exit to get out from the relegation zone but also lifted their position to fifth.

In fact after back to back defeats at the hands of the then reigning champions Abahani Limited and the runners-up Chittagong Abahani, blanked Farashganj in the next match to return to the winning ways and did not look behind and kept the momentum to remain unbeaten seven matches in a row.

However, on the day, both the Mohammedan and Brothers played without any pressure, as the match onset with attacking approach from both ends and also shared the possessions evenly with Brothers drew the first blood with breaking the deadlock on 25th minute.

This time Brothers increased their pressure with fabricating a strong move down the left and Mostakim floated a cross inside the area and Mohammedan goalkeeper Liton advanced leaving the post open in a futile bid to grip the ball but forward Ariful was very sharp to flick over the keeper giving him no chance but to see the ball was going into the far post (1-0).

Inspired by taking the lead, the Gopibagh outfit kept up the momentum to put Mohammedan under pressure for almost rest of the opening 45 minutes and also tried to split the defense but the defenders, led by veteran Rezaul Karim along with Linkon dealt with the onslaughts.

Both sides continued to press in the second half and to throw the challenges on all their ways and this time Mohammedan came closer to equal the margin when Augustin Walson had a volley blocked by defender Ashraful Karim and another shot saved by goalkeeper Sujon Chowdhury on 52nd and 61st minute when the black and white after trailing by the first half goal had better control.

But they simply could not get out as Brothers probed for the opportunity to take charge. The frustration bubbled among the Mohammedan players when all of their attempts did not turn into goal.

Augustin had worked hard to reach an Nkowcha cross at the near post when he got a second bite at a chance inside the area on 82nd minute.

He rattled the same post with a low shot, with keeper Sujon reacting quickly to clear.

Finally Mohammedan finished the league with bitter experience with a defeat despite demonstrating very impressive performance in last few matches.  

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