Sunday, April 14, 2024

Brothers now second

Citycell B League
Brothers now second
Our Correspondent, Chittagong
Two goals from striker Henry Quae fired Brothers Union into second position of the Citycell B. League after a 2-1 win over Chittagong Abahani at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
The victory took Brothers to 25 points from 12 matches, a single point behind defending champions and league leaders Abahani. But they remain above Sheikh Russel, who also had a successful twelfth round tie with a 3-1 win over Khulna Abahani. Russel have 24 points from the same number of games.
In Chittagong, The Ghanaian forward struck as early as the second minute of the match. His short-distance strike put Brothers ahead and it could have been doubled if the Chittagong Abahani goalkeeper Mostofa did not clear Henry’s feeble-footed shot in the next minute.
But the 1-0 lead was cancelled out in the 23rd minute when local boy Mithun made it 1-1. The striker’s fourth goal of the campaign was brought about when he intelligently placed a through-ball from Jahed into the visitors’ net.
It was the result of Abahani’s continuous attack in the first half after Rony found a gap in the eighth minute but the defiant Brothers defence line frustrated him. Kashem’s attempt in the following minute was also brilliantly thwarted away by Brothers keeper Zia for a corner.
But the Gopibagh outfit regained the lead three minutes from the breather when Henry struck his second goal, his fifth of the season. His perfect header found its destination off a corner taken by Liton.
Abahani tried in vain a few more times in the second half to salvage a draw but they were most unfortunate for at least one occasion in the 50th minute when Mithun’s header from a Monjurul corner hit the cross bar.
The score remained 2-1 till the end as Chittagong Abahani remained in ninth place with 13 points.
The situation was the same with another home side Khulna Abahani who were trounced 3-1 by Sheikh Russel at the Khulna Stadium.
After a barren first-half, veteran striker Alfaz Ahmed scored from the penalty spot in the 64th minute. Monwar Hossain doubled the margin three minutes later before Khulna boy Rezaul Karim reduced the margin in the 81st minute.
Bulbul sealed the fate of Khulna Abahani as his 84th minute strike made it 3-1 to keep the home side rooted to last position with just three points.
Motijheel giants Mohammedan will play struggling Muktijoddha Sangsad at the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow.
BROTHERS: Zia, Arif, Shuvra, Mishu, Zahid (Rohi), Shakil, Rikto, Munna, Liton (Akramuzzaman), Monju (Parvez) and Henry.
CHITTAGONG ABAHANI: Mostafa, Nazir, Kashem, Sohel (Rashedul), Jahangir, Asif, Monjurul, Othello, Jahed, Rony (Dalim) and Mithun.

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