Calcutta: Rangdajied United Football Club (RUFC) earned their first ever back-to-back victory in the Airtel I-League with a smashing 4-0 triumph over United SC, moving them out of the relegation zone.
All four goals were scored in the second half, with Kim Song Yong putting the hosts into the lead, followed by Ranty Martins and a brace from T Lalnunpuia.
Rangdajied had a slew of opportunities in the first half, but, either through poor execution or bad luck, they were unable to score.
Ranty Martins was the star for the hosts, creating several chances against his old team.
In the 16th minute a long ball was searching for Kim Song Yong, but the North Korean could not get his head to the ball and neither could United clear it away properly. Martins then came in but his powerful shot was blocked.
The Nigerian headed the ball wide in the next minute and saw a long-range shot just sail over the crossbar in the 19th. A minute later United goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee pulled up with an injury, but neither the referee nor Rangdajied stopped play. Ranty had just one defender in front of him, but could headed the ball wide.
The Calcutta outfit were forced into making a change with Jayanta Paul coming on for Mukherjee.
United had a couple of look-ins, with Okolabi Waheed Adekunle attacking up the left early on in the match and a Mohammed Rafique coming close in the 37th when his effort was cleared off the line by Yohei Iwasaki.
An absorbing first half thus ended 0-0 and the Blues were in no mood to rest on their laurels, with Dias firing wide immediately after the restart after a cross from Munmun Lugun.
The breakthrough came in the 53rd minute for the home team, with Kim brilliantly weaving past a couple of defenders and firing the ball from outside the box.
United never really looked close to scoring and they went 2-0 down in the 69th minute.
Kim had possession on the right and with a slight lapse in defence, he was able to feed the ball forward to a sprinting Martins, who, unmarked, only had to beat the keeper, which he did with a left-footer.
At the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Dudu Omagbemi scored in his fourth consecutive game since his return to India as Salgaocar Sports Club coasted to a 2-0 victory over Mumbai FC.
Dudu joined Salgaocar Football Club during the international transfer window, and since the I-League resumed last month, Salgaocar have been virtually unstoppable, winning all of their four matches. In all these games, Dudu's goal has been a permanent fixture.