Abahani Limited defeated eternal rival Mohammedan Sporting Club 4-2 in a Super Six tie of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Courtesy the victory, the Sky Blues kept alive their hopes of sealing the top-flight title. The Black and Whites, on the other hand, are out of the title race.
Abahani, who have 29 points from 12 matches, trail
table-toppers Usha Krira Chakra by five points and second placed Mariner Young’s Club by two points. In contrast, Mohammedan have 26 points from the same number of games as Abahani.
The Sky Blues went ahead in the 20th minute when Kashif Ali took advantage of a penalty corner.
Abahani doubled the lead just seven minutes later through Rajib Das.
Russel Mahmud Jimmy reduced the arrears right after resumption but Romman Sarkar restored Abahani’s two-goal lead in the 47th minute.
Mohammedan’s Pakistan forward Mohammad Imran netted in the 62nd minute to briefly give his side hope but Rajib bagged his second just three minutes later to propel Abahani to a rather comfortable victory.