East Bengal secured their first win of the I-league in a six-goal thriller.
Laldanmawia Ralte scored a double in East Bengal´s thumbing win over northeastern side Shillong Lajong
Kingfisher East Bengal came back strong after Kolkata derby defeat to thrashed Shillong Lajong FC 5-1 in the 2017/18 Hero I-League played at the Vidyasagar Krirangan (Barasat Stadium) on Saturday evening.
The deadlock was broken in the first quarter of an hour itself. Mahmoud Al Amna glided into the box from debutant Prakash Sarkar´s long ball and left Laurence Doe for dead before he lashed out a shot from an angle, only to take a minor deflection off Rakesh Pradhan and lodge into the net, despite Phurba Tempa Lachenpa´s best efforts to dive the right way.
Six minutes later the Red and Gold side doubled their lead through Eduardo Ferreira who made a super contact with the ball on Katsumi Yusa´s inswinging kick to give home side 2-0 lead. The lead was maintained until the end of the first session.
Laldanmawia Ralte looked sharper in the second half and scored a brace. In the 52nd minute, Al Amna released the beautiful ball for Ralte who slammed the ball past a hapless Phurba Tempa Lachenpa. Ralte found his second of the match in the 65th minute.
Ralte then helped win his side a penalty as Redeem Tlang had made matters worse for his side. Katsumi Yusa stepped up and delivered from the spot as the Japanese playmaker made no mistake from the twelve-yard spot.
Lajong, however, ensured that Kingfisher East Bengal did not end the match with a clean sheet. Samuel Lalmuanpuia´s well-taken free-kick from range nestled right into the net, leaving Mirshad and the crowd stunned in silence, to get a consolation goal.
The Red and Gold now have four points and sit in the fourth position. Lajong stays one point behind leaders Minerva Punjab FC and stay on in the city to face Mohun Bagan on Thursday.
Full-time: East Bengal 5-1 Shillong Lajong
90: Four minutes of added time
90: Substitution for Shillong Lajong Rakesh Pradhan OFF Allen Lyngdoh IN
87: GOAL!! Samuel Lalmuanpuia scores for Shillong Lajong
86: Yellow card to Prakash Sarkar
84: Substitution for East Bengal Laldanmawia Ralte OFF Surabuddin Mollick IN
83: Substitution for Shillong Lajong Alen Deory OFF Shaiborlang Kharpan IN
83: Yellow card to Daniel Odafin
79: Penalty Goal Yusa Katsumi
77: Substitution for East Bengal Willis Plaza OFF Charles do Vale de Souza IN
76: Substitution for Shillong Lajong Hardy Cliff Nongbri OFF Samuel James Lyngdoh Kynshi IN
71: Substitution for East Bengal Cavin Peter Lobo OFF Mohammed Rafique IN
65: GOAL!! Laldanmawia Ralte scores for East Bengal
52: GOAL!! Laldanmawia Ralte scores for East Bengal
46: Second half kicked off
Half-time: East Bengal 2-0 Shillong Lajong
45: Two minutes of added time
19: GOAL!! Eduardo Ferreira scores for East Bengal
14: GOAL!! Mahmoud Al Amenah scores for East Bengal
1: First half kick off..
Shillong Lajong Football Club line-up: Rakesh Pradhan, F. Lalrohlua, Daniel Odafin, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Hardy Cliff Nongbri, Novin Gurung, Redeem Tlang, Juho Oh, Alen Deory, Laurence Doe, Phurba Tempa Lachenpa.
Kingfisher East Bengal line-up: Arnab Kumar Mondal, Mahmoud Al Amna, Cavin Peter Lobo, Willis Deon Plaza, Katsumi Yusa, Bazie Armand, Eduardo Soares Ferreira, Laldanmawia Ralte, Salam Ranjan Singh, Mirshad K, Prakash Sarkar.