Mohammedan Sporting win IFA Shield
Substitute goalkeeper Naseem Akhtar's heroic save in sudden death helped Mohammedan Sporting to lift world fourth oldest trophy IFA Shield after 43 years by beating high-profile Bangladeshi side Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 4-3 ( 5-4) in the final at Salt Lake Stadium here on Saturday.
Sanjay Sen side remaining undefeated in the last 12 games this season won the 118th edition of the IFA Shield trophy for the sixth time since 1940s, and first of this century.
The black and white won the IFA Shield last in 1971.
The tie breaker was employed after the rivals locked in 1-1 in the scheduled 90 minutes plus three minutes extra time.
While Haitian winger Sony Nordy booted home following a free kick in the 27th minute for the visitors, home team's defender Mehrazudding Wadoo restored the parity in the
stoppage time of the first half following a floater from Joshimar.
In the tie breaker while substitute Khemtang Paite, Manish Maithani, and Nirmal Chettri score for Md Sporting as their Joshimar and Syed Rahim Nabi failed to score, Dhanmondi's Wedson Anselme, Nasir and Md Yasin hit the target as substitute Alli Amisur and Md Shamin failed in their efforts. As the time breaker ended 3-3 ( 4-4) the
sudden death was employed.
Former India defender and Kashmir hero Mehrazudding Wadoo struck home in the sudden death giving Md Sporting an advantage.
Defending the advantage goalkeeper Naseem Akhtar, who was brought few minutes before in the tie breaker in place of regular Louise Barreto, came good saving Didarul Haque shot to give Md Sporting the coveted trophy.
Sanjay Sen's tactic came good in the nick of time over his rival coach Joseph Apuchi, who said they were here to win the trophy.
Some 50,000 fans greeted the home teak with lighting torch and bustling crackers to cherish the win against the foreign rivals.
(Posted on 15-02-2014)
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