Ruthless Lajong drub Chennai City

Shillong Lajong dispelled their away woes with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Chennai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Sunday.

Goals from Fabio Pena (38th minute), Issac Vanlalsawma (65th), Bipin Singh (77th) and Aser Dipanda (79th) propelled the Meghalaya-based team while Haroon Amiri (89th) grabbed a late consolation for the home team.

It was the home team which started the game on the right note when Vishal Kaith had to turn away a flicked header from Amiri after he latched on to a long ball from Abhishek Das.

Amiri had caused several headaches for the Shillong defence before Thangboi Singto had had enough. He brought on Brazilian midfielder Pena for Redeem Tlang. The move eventually paid dividends for the side in the 38th minute.

After Charles fouled Kinowaki in midfield, Issac sent in a brilliant delivery which was met by Pena, who headed the ball past a stranded Karanjit Singh.

It was the visitors who started the second half well, with Kinowaki and Issac dictating the play at will. It was the youngster from Mizoram who doubled Shillong’s advantage in the 65th minute with an absolute peach of a free-kick awarded after Echezona fouled Pena just outside the box.

Bipin Singh came up with the third goal in the 77th minute to effectively finish the game when he was found in space just outside the box on a counter. The youngster went on to curl an effort into the top corner, giving Karanjit no chance.

A shell-shocked Chennai had more misery awaiting them two minutes later when Dipanda’s effort flew past Karanjit to seal the win. Amiri, though, did get a goal back for the home side in the 89th minute.

In Goa, Kareem Omolaja’s late strike from the spot guided Minerva Punjab FC to a 5-4 win over Churchill Brothers.

Minerva scored through David Ngaihte (4th minute), Simranjit Singh (22nd), Souvik Das (31st) Loveday Okechukwu (51st) and Nurain (87th).

Churc­hill found the net through Chesterpoul Lyngdoh (7th), Adil Khan (18th), Anthony Wolfe (41st) and Ansumana Kromah (76th).

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