| Mohun Bagan players celebrate in Silchar on Thursday. Telegraph picture |
Hailakandi, May 2: Calcutta giants Mohun Bagan AC defeated Shillong Lajong FC 4-0 for the Friendship Cup exhibition match title at Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium in Silchar last evening.
Mohun Bagan opened the account in the 37th minute with a goal by Nigerian recruit Chizoba Christopher, who made no mistake in converting a pass from C.S. Sabeeth.
Leading by a solitary goal in the second session, the Calcuttans found the net again in the 54th minute through a goal by Ujjal Howladar, capitalising on a lapse on the part of the Lajong midfield.
The third goal came through a penalty conversion in the 68th minute.
Lajongís Samuel Shadap dangerously tackled Baganís Japanese recruit Katsumi Yusa inside the box to court the penalty.
Manish Bhargav converted the spot kick, beating goalkeeper Vinay Singh.
Ram Mallick cashed in on a pass from Yusa to net the fourth goal for Bagan in the 86th minute.
Though a friendly match, the match turned out to a livewire one and even saw marching orders being given to Christopher of Bagan and Jibon Singh of Lajong by referee L. Ajit Meitei in the 79th minute for a scuffle between the duo during the match.
The Lajong attack was rendered toothless after their Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Cornel Glen had to return to the bench with the injury in the 28th minute.
It left the match almost a one-sided affair leaving the 20,000-strong crowd disappointed.
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