Calcutta: Ranty Martins scored five as Prayag United Sports Club ran roughshod over a hapless, abysmal and pathetic United Sikkim Football Club (USFC) in an I-League match, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Saturday.
In the end, United SC won 10-1 against the club where Bhaichung Bhutia is the principal owner. Bhutia, who missed this game after a red card last Sunday, was not at the ground. Neither was his team!
Juvenile blunders one would lose count of, no intention of putting up a semblance of resistance against the United onslaught and hardly any planů United Sikkim were just so bad on the day.
It was Eelco Schattorie’s first match as United SC coach. And the Dutchman should be very pleased by what his team dished out at the near empty Salt Lake Stadium. After all, banging in 10 goals doesn’t happen very often.
The floodgates opened in the third minute itself. CK Vineeth delivered from the left and Ranty tapped it home.
Within a minute, though, USFC restored parity. Nima Tamang, who resmbles the Sunil Chetri back during his teenage years, made the most of an indecisive United back-four, and placed the ball in the near post. Well, that was all United Sikkim could offer.
Thereafter, it was United all the way. In the 16th minute, Ranty got his second with a smart back-volley after the rival defence failed to react to a Bello Rassaq header. Six minutes later, Carlos Hernandez joined the party. An innocuous left-footed grounder and United Sikkim’s foreign goalkeeper Yoon Tae, who was in a benevolent mood through out his 51-minute stay, let it slip in.
Carlos got his second 10 minutes before the lemon break when Safar Sardar made a mess of a simple clearance before the Costa Rican lobbed it smartly over an onrushing Tae to find the back of the net.
In the 39th, Ranty brought up his hat-trick, tapping home a Shylo Malsawmtluanga delivery from the right flank.After the change of ends, De Ridder brought in Monotosh Ghosh in place of Tae but, the substitute goalkeeper was no better.
The sixth goal came in the 71 st minute when Malsawmtluanga poked in Mohammed Rafique’s goal-bound volley. Six minutes later, it was Ranty again as this time around, his left-footed prod found the target.
By then, all that United Sikkim could do was pray for the ordeal to stop. But Ranty was in no mood to stop. Two minutes later, Lalkamal Bhowmick’s long ball found the Nigerian inside the USFC territory. Ranty then whizzed past goalkeeper Ghosh to get his fifth and his team’s eighth.
Two more were scored and that too, in injury time! Malsawmtluanga set Ranty free on the right and Rafique smartly converted the Nigerian’s pass. The 10th was an own goal. Michael Steven could not clear Vineeth’s shot and the ball rolled into the goal before Ranty could get a touch. It was an exhilarating show of “poaching” by the Nigerian striker who now has 11 goals from five matches.
Prayag United: Subrata Paul, Deepak Mondal, Gouramangi Singh, Bello Rassaq, Sukhen Dey (Chinta Rao 87), Lalkamal Bhowmick, Shylo Malsawmtluanga, CK Vineeth, K Asif, Carlos Hernandez (Mohammed Rafiq 70), Ranty Martins.
United Sikkim Football Club: Yoon Tao (Monotosh Ghosh 51), Nima Tamang, Anwar, Safar Sardar (Nadong Bhutia 75), Thupden Bhutia, Linekar Machado, Ashish Chetri, Munmun T Lugun, Michael Steven, Rahul Jaiswal (DG Attivi 52), Nuruddin Salau.
Referee: Naveen J Sundi
MoM: Ranty Martins