I-League: Shillong Lajong hit Mumbai for a six at Cooperage
Led by mercurial Trinidad and Tobago striker Cornell Glen, Shillong Lajong trounced Mumbai FC 6-0 to stop the hosts' five-match unbeaten run at home this season in stunning fashion in the I-League clash at the Cooperage on Friday.
Shillong Lajong players celebrate after scoring against Mumbai yesterday. Pic/PTI
The 33-year-old Trinidadian World Cupper fired home the North Easterners' first and fourth goals, once in either half, while Penn Orji and Zodingliana Ralte scored once each in regular time.
To add insult to injury, Brazilian Ulliams Souza Silva and Milan Singh came off the substitutes bench in the second half to fire home a goal each in added on time to complete Mumbai FC's total humiliation.
Glen turns on the style
Port of Spain-born Glen notched his goals in the 21st and 51st minutes of the game and in between, Orji (25th) scored to help the visitors take a 2-0 half time lead which was increased to 3-0 two minutes after resumption by Ralte.
Mumbai miss Taisuke
The last two goals were notched in the second and third minutes of added on time. The humiliating defeat left Mumbai FC — who dearly missed their Japanese midfielder Taisuke Matsugane who could not play because of a calf injury — in seventh spot on the table with 12 points, a rung above Lajong which moved up from the 10th spot to 8th following their spectacular display here.
Mumbai FC goalie Nidhin Lal made two good saves late in the match. This was the first defeat of the season at home, and fifth overall from 11 games, for Mumbai FC after two victories and three draws. This is also the home team's second successive defeat. For the visitors, the win was only their third win from ten matches.