Bottom placed Mumbai FC got the better of Shillong Lajong FC by a 1 goal margin in the 23rd round I League encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex Stadium on Wednesday.Gbeneme Friday,who was also named the man of the match ,opened the account for Mumbai FC in the 25th minute. Friday latched on to a superb pass from the industrious Ebi Sukore, to put it across the Lajong custodian Ralte.
Shillong Lajong FC were pushed on the backfoot with the early strike and went on the offensive to find the equaliser. However, this did not materialise,as Mumbai got their much wanted 2 goal cushion,when Sukore was fouled inside the box in the 65th minute.The midfielder promptly converted the spotkick to round off a brilliant night for him,and secure the full three points for Mumbai FC.
The “away” crowd at the Balewadi Complex,continued to voice their support for Shillong Lajong FC to make a comeback in the match.Tuboi did find the back of the net,but the goal was disallowed,after the linesman ruled him offside.James Giblee came off to make way for Rennedy Singh,but it was a little too late when Sushil Kumar, finally got the breakthrough to reduce the deficit in the 88th minute.The final minutes were tense for Mumbai FC as they nervously held on to their lead, and the 3 points were confirmed when the referee blew the final whistle to condemned Shillong Lajong FC to back to back away losses.
Mumbai FC have now toed above the relegation zone, at 11th spot ,while Shillong Lajong FC remain static at 10th place.