Abahani Limited moved five points clear at the top of the Bangladesh Premier League after winning the season’s second Dhaka derby 2-1 over arch-rival Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited in the last match at the full-house Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj on Tuesday.
The Sky Blues' top two performers this season, English midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck and Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba carried on their amazing form netting one apiece in the second half to give George Kottan’s side their 12th league win.
The victory put the Dhanmondi outfit in a position of authority at the summit of the points table as they extended their lead to five points with second-placed Chittagong Abahani with only four more rounds left. They now have 42 points from 18 matches while Mohammedan remained third from bottom with only 17 points from the same number of outings as Abahani.
Courtesy the win, Abahani did the double over Mohammedan after winning their corresponding fixture 3-0 in the first phase two and a half months ago.
Abahani dominated the game right from the very beginning. They kept the opposition defence busy but failed to find the back of the net despite creating a number of chances in the first half. Mohammedan, on the other hand, looked disorganised and struggled to find their rhythm.
The Motijheel outfit defended well in the opening half but the Sky Blues went ahead six minutes after resumption. Tuck scored his 10th goal in his debut season for the Sky Blues when he netted from the penalty spot after Mohammedan goalkeeper Mohammad Nehal fouled Jewel Rana inside the box.
In-form Sunday doubled the lead in the 80th minute. Wahed Ahmed played a brilliant through pass forward for the Nigerian striker who collected the ball nicely inside the box, cut inside the custodian before slotting home with a precise angular effort from the right side of the box.
It was Sunday’s 19th league goal which is five more than anyone else. The goal also marked the league’s 280th goal this season.
Mohammedan pulled one back moments before the final whistle through a simple tap-in by Cameroonian defender Pouemi Landry but it was too little, too late.
The game concluded the Gopalganj chapter in the top-flight. The fifth venue hosted six matches of the 18th round. More than 10,000 people gathered at the stadium to watch the season's final Dhaka derby.