Sporting Clube de Goa thrashes Shillong Lajong 5-2

Sporting desperately needed a win and Mehrajuddin Wadoo (second minute), Sumeet Passi (21st, 33rd), Subhasish Bose (65th) and Mahmoud Al Amna (89th) scored to take the team’s tally to 18 points from 14 matches.

Sporting clube de Goa and Shilong Lajong players in action during their I-League match on Sunday.   -  PTI

Sporting Clube de Goa finished its home leg matches with an impressive 5-2 win over Shillong Lajong to move to fourth place in the I-League standings here today.

Sporting desperately needed a win and Mehrajuddin Wadoo (second minute), Sumeet Passi (21st, 33rd), Subhasish Bose (65th) and Mahmoud Al Amna (89th) scored to take the team’s tally to 18 points from 14 matches. Pen Orji scored twice for Shillong Lajong. It remains on 15 points from 14 matches and is placed fifth.

Sporting, which performed poorly in its previous match, made three changes: Ganesh Thakur, Sumeet Passi and Pratesh Shirodkar in place of Efemena Charles, Marcus Mascarenhs and Denson Devadas.

Following a foul by defender Nimdorjee Tamang on Sporting’s Ganesh Thakur, Rowllin Borges took the free kick and floated the ball into the box for Wadoo, who headed the ball into the net. The home team attacked with more vigour and increased the lead in the 21st minute. Pratesh Shirodkar, from the left, floated the ball into the box for Sumeet Passi who leaped and nodded the ball into the net.

Shillong Lajong got a jolt when striker Uilliams Souza Silva was sent off by Santhosh Kumar in the 29th minute after he verbally abused the referee for showing yellow card for a foul on Mahmoud Al Amna.

The home team took advantage of that and scored again. A swift move on the right saw Mahmoud Al Amna send a through pass to Ganesh Thakur who unleased a short from inside the box, which the goalkeeper blocked, but Passi made no mistake as he latched onto the rebound.

After the break, Sporting continued to enjoy possession and scored two more goals to end the contest. Rowllin Borges, who controlled the midfield, floated the ball from a free kick and defender Subhasish Bose found the net with a clean header from inside the box.

As Sporting continued to threaten the rival defence with repeated forays, Orji scored two smart goals to bring his team into the contest before Amna scored from a penalty to give Sporting Clube de Goa its biggest victory in the tournament.