Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the last four of the 118th IFA Shield with a 3-1 win over United Sikkim after Mohammedan SC and Mohun Bagan played out a goalless draw in the first match of the day at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India yesterday.
After notching their first points in two matches, Sheikh Jamal are on third position with three points from two outings and they will need an outright win in Saturday's match against Mohun Bagan, who are in second position with four points. Kolkata Mohammedan have already confirmed their semifinal berth from this group with seven points from three matches.
Smarting from a morale-shattering 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mohammedan SC, Sheikh Jamal took only five minutes to grab the lead ahead when Haitian striker Wedson Anselme fired home from inside the box after being set up by a through pass from Nigerian forward Emeka Darlington.
The Federation Cup champions took 20 minutes to double their advantage when Sony Norde ran down from the left before cutting the ball back to Emeka, who drove home before Wedson rattled the post in the 34 minute.
According to journalists covering the tournament in Kolkata, Sony Norde, Emeka and Wedson squandered two chances each to deprive Sheikh Jamal from taking a bigger margin lead before the break.
The host side they pulled one back through Adeleja in the 70th minute, but another strike from Wedson in the 82nd minute meant Sheikh Jamal left the field with heads high.