Haitian forward Augustine Walson’s prowess proved too much for Chittagong Abahani as Brothers Union wrapped up their commitment in the first phase of the Manyavar Bangladesh Premier League with a 2-0 win at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Walson was the live-wire of the orange-clad Gopibagh outfit as his brace undid their port-city opposition. He was cool and calm but razor-sharp with his onslaughts. Chittagong Abahani had no answer as Brothers goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee was the most relaxed man on the pitch yesterday.
It was Walson who sent the first chill through the Abahani spine in the 33rd minute, taking control of an Imtiaz Sultan Jitu corner in the centre of the box. He tried a quick back-heel but defender Kaushik Barua’s sliding effort saw the ball cleared from the goal-line.
In the 61st minute, Walson danced down the left flank and curved a cross for Cameroonian midfielder Germain Kenfack who blasted the ball over the crosspiece from a convenient position.
Brothers continued their onslaught and in the 65th minute, Walson had no clue whatsoever over what went wrong when his 20-yarder rattled the side-post.
However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 69th minute and it was Walson’s curling free-kick from the left flank. His right-footer dipped into the near post with custodian Shohag Hossain missing the flight.
The fate of the match was sealed seven minutes from time when Walson repeated the act from almost the same spot. Shohag was too late to react when the ball crashed in the near-post again.
Walson, who has eleven league goals in his account, narrowly missed his treble in the 86th minute when Shohag dived to his right to grip a grounder.
Third-placed Brothers now have 20 points from 10 matches while second-bottom Chittagong Abahani have five points from the same number of matches.
Meanwhile, the other match of the day at the same venue between Farashganj and Muktijoddha was postponed after 40 minutes of play due to rain. The remainder of the match will be played today.