Defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited returned to the winning note in the Saif Power Battery Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football beating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-0 goals in their 5th round match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Dhaka Abahani played goalless draw with lowly Team BJMC in the 4th round match after conceding 0-1 goal defeat against another lowly side Farashganj SC in the 2nd round match after beating Saif SC 3-0 in the first round and Mohammedan SC 1-0 goal in the 3rd round, reports UNB..
With this win, Dhaka Abahani shared the 2nd slot with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club securing identical 10 points from five matches, but Sheikh Jamal DC played one match less than Abahani. Sheikh Russel KC remained at the 7th slot collecting four points from five matches.
After the unfertile first half, Dhaka Abahani took the lead in the 62nd minute as their Gambian forward Landing Dar Boe converting a penalty (1-0).
Sheikh Russel goalie Ziaur Rahman fouled onrushing forward Rubel Miya in the danger zone and referee Mizanur Rahman awarded the penalty in favour of Dhaka Abahani.
Landing Dar Boe widened Abahani’s margin in the 86th minute. Abahani defender Nasir Uddin Chowdhury delivered a long cross from right flank to Rubel Miya who was ready to centre the ball inside the box before Landing Dar Boe sent the ball home (2-0).
Dhaka Abahani goalie-cum-captain Shahedul Alam denied two successive close-ranged attempts to save his post in the 58th and 59th minute.
Shahedul fisted an attempt to clear the ball but Sheikh Russel midfielder Khalekurzzaman chested the rebounder before taking his right footer from the box again fisted by Shahedul.
Just after a minute, Sheikh Russel forward Mahbub Hasan Nauon took shot from top of the six-yard box which was saved by goalie Shahedul off a defender Arup Kumar Baidya’s cross from left flank.
Dhaka Abahani spoiled a chance to take the lead in a quick counter attack in the 16th minute as their forward Saad Uddin’s right footer from top-right corner of the six-yard box went out edging the far post off a long cross of Pranatosh Kumar Das from midfield.
Sheikh Russel had a chance in the 32nd minute but the glancing header of midfielder Khalekurzzaman from very close range from left post was saved by a defender at the cost of a corner.
Sheikh Russel goalie Ziaur Rahman saved his side in the 37th minute fisting the ball away over the crosspiece off a free kick of Dhaka Abahani defender Rashedul Alam Moni from the right flank.