IFA shield quarter final abandoned

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Genericlandscape.jpg' class='caption'> IFA Shield quarter final between Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami abandoned in the second half following heavy showers.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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The IFA Shield quarter final between Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami was abandoned a few minutes into the second half following heavy showers which made the ground conditions at the Salt Lake stadium here unplayable. The teams were locked 1-1 when referee Arup Chakraborty signalled the termination of the encounter after consultation with the rival skippers - Bagan's Debjit Ghosh and Tollygunge's Sasthi Duley. A spell of drizzle about 15 mintues before the match had rendered the ground conditions soggy, and the studs used by the players further aggravated the situation in the first session itself. The sky again opened up during the half time, which had to be stretched to 35 mintues before play could resume. Tollygunge coach Amal Dutta and other players repeatedly expressed their unwillingness to continue, as their goalkeeper Gopal Das was seen showing to the referee that the ball was not rolling. But Chakraborty stood firm and play began. But within three minutes the ground condition forced him to discuss the issue with the linesmen and finally after another round of inspection he announced the abandonment. The match itself saw a Bagan domination, but they conceded a surprise goal in the seventh minute when Moses Owira scored from a counter attack. The glamour club restored parity through Brazilian striker Jose Ramirez Barreto in the 24th minute. (PTI)

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