Sporting Clube de Goa trashed Shillong Lajong 5 – 2 in their concluding home match here at Fatorda. The Flaming Oranje picked up crucial 3 points and now also holds an edge in head to head over the highlanders with their power packed performance at home. Mehrajuddin Wadoo (2’), Sumeet Passi (21’ & 32’), Subasish Bose (65’) & Mahmoud Al Amenah (89 Pen) got on the score sheet for Sporting while Penn Orji salvaged some pride for the Shillong side in the 77’ & 86’ minute .
After some serious discussion within the Sporting camp, Gaffer Mateus Costa made three crucial changes to the side which scripted the entire story of this match. He introduced Sumeet Passi in place of Charles, while Pratesh Shirodkar and Ganesh Thakur came in place of Denson and Marucs. Shillong added Konsham Singh and Fabio Pena from their end.
With constant pressure mounting towards the build up of this match, Sporting saw themselves off to a dream start in the 2nd minute itself when Rowllin Borges send in a perfect free-kick to find Wadoo at the right spot who’s powerful header beat Vishal Kaith by a mile. With a goal ahead the home side dominated the match and kept most of the ball possession while Shillong tried hard to regroup.
In the 21st minute Pratesh send in a fantastic cross from the right, man of the moment Sumeet Passi launched himself into the air to beat both the Shillong defenders and their custodian with a well placed header giving Sporting their second goal.
Just around the half hour mark Uilliams Souza of Shillong received his marching orders for a rash tackle on the Sporting skipper Mahmoud. With 2 goals and a man down Shillong head coach Thangboi Singto seemed to be running out of ideas. Within 2 minutes from this Sporting smartly exploited their one man advantage, which saw them flood the Shillong box with orange shirts trying to poke one past Vishal. It was once again Passi who found himself at the right place to score his second of a goal line clearance from Pratesh’s shot to make it 3 – 0 in favour of Sporting before switching over.
The second half saw Sporting pick up right from where they left off. Passi missed his chance to make it a hat-trick in the 52nd minute when his shot of a Nicholas Fernandes cross went sailing above the nets. The fourth goal for Sporting came in the 65th minute from a powerful header by Subashish Bose who managed to connect with a well directed Rowllin free-kick.
Penn Orji managed to pull two back for Shillong in a gap of 10 minutes. The first one came of a good shot from the edge of the box as a confused Arindam failed to judge the direction of the ball. The second one was an amazing strike from outside the box which caught the Sporting custodian off his line to make it 4 – 2. Just when Shillong must have dreamt of a late drama, they conceded a penalty for bringing down Rowllin inside the box. Skipper Mahmoud took the responsibility and put end to the late Shillong resurgence. He finished it in style with a cheeky panenka to make it 5 – 2 in favour of Sporting. With this win Sporting climb up to the 4th position with 18 points in the kitty while Shillong drops to 5th. Sporting now fly to Kolkata where they take on East Bengal and will come back to Goa for the final showdown against their arch rivals Salgaocar FC in the concluding fixture of the I-League.