Mohammedan sporting held to a 1-1 draw by Port Trust

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Kolkata, Jul 31 (UNI) A controversial penalty awarded to Calcutta Port Trust (CPT) deprived favourites Mohammedan Sporting of a victory as the latter, fresh from its win against Mohun Bagan in the last match, settled for a 1-1 draw in the Sahara Premier Division league at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here today.

Md Sporting surged ahead with Mike Okoro's right footer on the 37th minute of the first half (1-0).

When the Referee Tushar Kanti Guha blew the whistle on the 88th minute for penalty in favour of CPT, when Kaushik Prasad was brought down by Sheikh Azim in the danger box.

Azim only made a futile attempt to stop onrushing Prasad inside the box and the Port Trust was awarded penalty, which was successfully converted by Prasad himself (1-1).

Md Sporting still maintaining pole position with 13 points from six plays were denied a goal when Satyajit Bose header hit the post on the 33rd minute.

Okoro's right footer on the 16th minute was nicely fisted out by Calcutta Port Trust goalie Gopal Das.

Okoro's goal was his fourth of this season levelling Theodore Wrobeh's highest four goal in the league so far.

CPT had also a chance to go ahead when Emanuel's piledriver missed the target by a few inches on the 23rd minute.

However, Theodore was unlucky not to get a goal in the first half when his aerial shot over Gopal Das was saved from goalline by defender Simanta Das.

In the second half, the CPT dominated the proceedings with Daniel and Emmanuel combination cracking defence line time and again. But shots were erratic and Nashim Akhtar manned the bar brilliantly.

With this draw, CPT's points stood at seven from six matches.

Coach Sabir Ali also protested the referee's decision.

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