Shillong, May 17 (MExN): A brilliant second half hat-trick from Shillong Lajong’s striker Cornell Glen lifted Lajong to a 3-1 victory over Kalyani Bharat FC in round 20 of the Hero I-League played here on Sunday. A press release received here informed.
The win, Lajong’s second victory in 3 matches, was another valuable three points as they battle for league safety. The win lifts Shillong Lajong FC to 6th position in the I-League table with 20 points from 17 games while Bharat FC are just a point above the relegation zone.
Earlier, Omar Jarrun fired the Pune side into the lead from close range in the 5th minute following a Syed Rahim Nabi free kick. The set piece goal conceded so early in the match though seemed to fire up the home side and as Lajong came out all guns blazing and dominated the first half.
The equaliser, though remained elusive for Lajong, and it was only in the 53rd minute that their attacking efforts paid off. Zoding lobbed a through ball over the defence to release Glen and the striker from Trinidad and Tobago struck it low into the bottom corner leaving Arindam Bhattacharjee diving in vain.
Lajong took the lead in the 72nd minute via a brilliant play between Zodingliana and Penn Orji down the left hand side which left Bharat defenders in no man’s land as Penn squared it in for Glen who fired past Arindam.
The home side were resilient after grabbing the lead and added the third in the 75th minute. Glen with a long range effort caught Arindam by surprise as the ball flew right into the left corner of the net.
Shillong Lajong will host Sporting Club de Goa in their next match on May 20 in Shillong.