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I-League: Bidyashagar hat-trick helps TRAU get past Mohammedans 4-0

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Kalyani, March 5 : Bidyashagar Singh became the first Indian to score a hat-trick this season as he helped Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) steam past Mohammedan SC 4-0 at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Friday, and move up the I-League table.
Bidyashagar’s goals, coupled with a Phalguni Singh strike in the first half, led the Nandakumar-coached side to an easy win over their opponents, in a match where TRAU hardly seemed to be in danger of losing. TRAU had scored three goals in the first half and topped off their attacking prowess with one goal in the second half.
Although Mohammedan SC had an opportunity to go ahead in the fourth minute when Vanlalbiaa Chhangte was denied by Amrit Gope from close range, the Black Panthers played catch-up for much of the first half to a superior TRAU.
The Manipur-based club dominated possession and chances created. Their attacking pedigree in front of goal finally seemed to kick-in as they took their chances — a stark difference from the first phase of the season where TRAU lacked finishing despite creating opportunities.
The breakthrough came in the 29th minute for TRAU when Tajik import Komron Tursunov’s free-kick earned an erroneous save by goalkeeper Shubham Roy. Phalguni Singh latched on to the loose ball and slotted home with ease to hand them a solitary goal lead.
While the first was a defensive error by Mohammedans, the second was the sheer brilliance of Bidyashagar Singh in the 39th minute. The nimble-footed forward rushed towards the goal but instead of passing it into the box from Komron Tursunov, released a curling effort from a distance that caught the goalkeeper off guard, crashing into the top left corner to double TRAU’s lead.

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