Promoted Uttar Baridhara Club stunned Brothers Union while Chittagong Abahani tasted their first win, in the two matches of the Bangladesh Premier League played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
A brace from Emdadul Haque Monu helped Baridhara hand a surprise 3-2 defeat to falling giants Brothers Union while Chittagong Abahani defeated Feni Soccer Club 2-1, thanks to first-half goals from Javed Khan and Masuk Miah. Wassiou Olalawon pulled one goal back for Feni Soccer one minute from time.
Even though the maiden victories for Uttar Baridhara and Chittagong Abahani increased their points tally, they stayed in their previous positions of eighth and ninth with five and four points from five outings respectively.
Brothers Union, with three defeats, stay just above Uttar Baridhara with six points while Feni Soccer remain at the bottom with one point from five matches.
Uttar Baridhara produced a much improved performance against Brothers Union, after their getting drubbed 7- at the hands of Team BJMC in their previous match while Brothers had come into the match on the back of two successive wins over Sheikh Russel KC and Chittagong Abahani. Baridhara launched their first attack in the very sixth minute when a drive from Sujan Biswas was gripped by Brothers goalkeeper Sabuj Das Raghu.
Raghu however could not stop a header from Monu's header from a difficult angle on the half-hour mark after Brothers Union saw a curling free-kick from Faisal Mahmud come off the word work.
Brothers should have levelled the margin two minutes before the break but Nigerian forward Victory Antoni squandered a penalty kick to disappoint the All Oranges before Monu, a right-back who belongs to the generation of current national players like Mithun Chowdhury, Zahid Hossain, doubled the lead in the stoppage time, availing a fumble from goalkeeper Raghu.
Baridhara took the match away from Brothers by scoring a third seven minutes into the second half when Shahidul Islam Shawpan found the back of the net with a free-kick from the edge of the box.
Despite going 3-0 down, Brothers put on tremendous pressure for the rest of the time and got rewards in the 57th minute when Victory Antoni volleyed a rebounder home before Faisal Mahmud pulled scored the second with a right-footer from inside the box ten minutes from time. But, the Gopibagh outfit could not snatch a point from Uttar Baridhara, who deployed all their men at the backline.
“We are not a team that should concede 7 goals. The boys were determined to prove their worth. Besides, the inclusion of Monu and Sujan strengthened our squad,” said Uttar Baridhara coach Mohammad Alamgir.
“The match could have been different had Victory converted the spot kick. Besides, we created a lot of scoring chances that were not availed by our strikers. All three goals we conceded were from mistakes either from the goalkeeper or the defenders,” said Brothers coach Nayeemuddin.