Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan bow out, Wahingdoh upset Churchill

September 20th, 2011 - 12:37 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS) Meghalaya teams sparkled, as Wahingdoh surprised Goa’s Churchill Brothers 2-1 while Shillong Lajong Football Club has showed the door to title contenders Mohun Bagan with a 3-1 win in Group A games of the Federation Cup football tournament Monday.

In Group C, defending champions East Bengal pipped Pune FC 2-1 and Goa’s Dempo Sports Club rode past Mohammedan Sporting 3-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium here.

Lajong surged into the lead in the 45th minute through Lalhimthara only for Odafa Okolie to restore parity in the 58th minute.

Johnny Meyongar put Lajong 2-1 ahead in the 74th minute and then James Gbilee completed Mohun Bagan’s the rout in the 81st minute of the outing, played at Pune.

Lajong move up to 3 points from two matches while Bagan are yet to open their account, having lost to Wahingdo in their tournament lung opener Saturday.

Two days after upsetting Mohun Bagan, Wahingdoh were on song again in Pune where they struck once in each half to take a double-goal lead till Churchill managed to reduce the margin in the 72nd minute.

The Meghalaya side, playing their maiden Federation Cup, have bagged full six points from two games. Churchill remain on three.

Captain Seityasen Singh put Wahingdoh ahead in the 29th minute, before Jackichand Singh doubled the lead in the 53rd minute.

Seityasen wrong-footed Denzil Franco inside the box and beat Arindam Bhattacharya with a left-footed grounder for his team’s first goal.

The second goal was spectacular. Jackichand received a pass from Chenco in his own half and ran past the entire Churchill midfield, entered the box and slotted home.

Henry Arnaud converted one from the spot for Churchill in the 72nd minute.

East Bengal went into the lead through Scottish recruit Alan Gow but the Pune side drew level after the breather. However, back-from-injury Robin Singh struck a late winner to inflate East Bengal’s points kitty to four from two outings. Pune FC are one point adrift.

With this victory, East Bengal moved to 4 points from two matches while Pune FC stay on three points from as many matches.

East Bengal adopted an attacking approach and Gow put them in the lead in the 42nd minute following an attack that developed from the right flank.

National Team striker Jeje Lalpeklua, however, made it evens stevens 12 minutes into the second session.

However, eight minutes from close, Robin Singh scored with a searing left footer to ensure full points for the city giants, who are eyeing a hattrick of Fed Cup titles.

Dempo kept alive their chances of a semi final berth with an emphatic win over Sporting.

Ranti Martins opened the scoring for Dempo in the 3rd minute before Clifford Miranda got an insurance goal in the 25th minute. Koko Sakibu scored the third for Dempo in the 35th minute and Sporting’s solitary strike came from Cyprian Stanley in the 66th minute.

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