Two goals each from Mohammad Biplob and Nigerian Nkowcha Kingsley powered Muktijoddha Sangsad to an emphatic 5-0 win over Uttar Baridhara Club after Team BJMC and Brothers Union played out a goalless draw in the two matches of the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The fourth win in nine matches lifted Muktijoddha Sangsad to the second position from with 15 points, three less than leaders Abahani, who played a match less than the All Reds. Team BJMC and Brothers Union are stuck at the sixth and seventh positions with 11 and 10 points respectively.
BJMC could have left the field with a victory had the woodwork not denied them twice. Guinean striker Ismael Bangoura failed to beat the opposition goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation to deny his side from posting their fourth win.
Though Brothers chased shadows for most part of the match, they too came close to sealing the victory but were denied by the woodwork once.
Under the floodlight, Muktijoddha Sangsad came into the match on the back of two successive draws against Feni Soccer and Brothers Union but they shrugged off their poor performance to notch up their season's biggest win over promoted Uttar Baridhara, who were also humiliated 0-7 at the hands of Team BJMC earlier.
The freedom fighters' side took the lead in the 21st minute when Biplob fired home from close range after availing a back-pass from Eleta Kingsley, who was also the provider in the second goal for Nkowcha, who tapped in from close range minutes later.
Then Nkowcha raced past two defenders to find the back of the net with an angular shot from inside the box to join the top scorer's chart with six goals, along with Sheikh Jamal's Emeka Darlington.
Eleta Kingsley then widened the margin with a nice header off a Maruf Ahmed corner in the 66th minute before Biplob bagged his second in the 78th minute by placing the ball past the goalie.