Sheikh Jamal DC wasted an opportunity to catch Bangladesh Premier League leaders Chittagong Abahani after being held to a 1-1 draw by Rahmatganj MFS at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
With the labourious draw, the three-time champions remained in second place with 34 points from 15 matches, two adrift of Chittagong Abahani while Rahmatganj stayed at ninth position with 13 points.
Following Chittagong Abahani's 2-2 draw on Tuesday, the Dhanmondi giants had the opportunity to go top of the table, but they had to instead dig deep to salvage one point against Rahmatganj.
Gambian forward Solomon King rescued the side by levelling the margin two minutes from time after his compatriot Dawda Ceesay had given Rahmatganj the lead in the first half.
On the back of four straight victories, Sheikh Jamal started the game strongly and put huge pressure on their opposition. However, it was Rahmatganj who broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 27th minute when Solomon King, availing a missed pass from Khan Mohammad Tara, shrugged off his markers Yeasin Khan and Afzal Hossain to race into the danger zone before driving a low shot past goalkeeper Mitul Hasan.
After that the ball was mostly confined in the midfield as both teams tried to establish their authority, but none could create any meaningful chances in the rest of first half.
Sheikh Jamal looked better after the break and almost equalised five minutes into the second half, but Rahmatganj MFS goalkeeper Mohammad Razib brilliantly kept out a free-kick from Solomon, who later levelled the margin from another free-kick two minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC returned to winning ways after three straight defeats with a 2-0 win over Farashganj SC, thanks to a brace from new-signing Augustine Walson.
The victory helped the Black and Whites climb to fifth position with 20 points from 15 matches while Farashganj remained bottom of the table with seven points.
Having conceded defeats against Abahani, Chittagong Abahani and Sheikh Jamal DC, the falling giants from Motijheel came into the match to stop the losing streak, but they faced stiff challenge from the Old Dhaka outfit before scoring both goals early in the second half.
Walson danced past two Farashganj defenders and deceived the goalkeeper with a strike at the near post in the 51st minute before doubling the lead six minutes later from a spot-kick.
Farashganj, however, were a bit unlucky not to collect a point as they were denied by the woodwork twice.