Kolkata: Sudeva started the match well and defended the set-pieces that came Mohammedan’s way in a cagey first half. Kean Lewis got the first shot on target in the seventh minute for Sudeva but Mohammedan’s goalkeeper Mohammad Rafique Ali Sardar managed to hold on to the ball.
Mohammedan’s Raphael Onwrebe had the best chance of the first half when he received a precise low cross from Suraj Rawat in the 17th minute but the Nigerian failed to put the ball into the empty net.
Sudeva came out with more intent in the second half, looking for leaks in Mohammedan’s defence. Ajay Singh, however, was left isolated at times playing as a lone striker upfront.
The breakthrough came much against the run of play for Mohammedan SC in the 58th minute when Ali Faisal pounced on a defensive error by the Sudeva backline and slotted it into the back of the net. The sheer power of the strike beat custodian Rakshit Dagar, despite him getting a hand on the shot.