Shillong(Meghalaya), May 1:A hat-trick from Kitboklang Pale and one goal apiece from DibinroyNongspung and DonborlangNongkynrih saw Langsning FC demolish Jamshedpur FC reserves 5-0 in their Group C Second Division League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.
Pale scored in the eighth, 45+2 and 65th minutes, while Nongspung headed in a corner in the 58th minute. Substitute Nongkynrih then added one more for good measure in the 89th minute to give the home side a smashing victory and move them into provisional top spot. Langsning now have 15 points, but Bengaluru FC reserves and TRAU FC (both on 14) have two games in hand.
Vicious rain fell in Shillong for most of the day, but the match itself was played under sunny skies.
It was a very different Langsning that the fans witnessed; although Langsning have won by good margins in a couple of away matches, their home form has left a lot to be desired but today the team played cohesively, with great awareness and communication for an excellent all-round performance.
Coach HeringShangpliang made just one change from the starting XI that beat Bengaluru 3-0 away last week, swapping RonaldkydonLyngdohNonglait for FullmoonMukhim.
Pale was a constant danger right from the word go and sent a powerful left-footer just over the bar in the fifth minute to signal his attacking intentions. Kento Sakurai, nominally a midfielder but playing as a centre forward, then smashed the ball on target but straight into a defender. Jamshedpur countered immediately, but GouravMukhi, who was the biggest threat to the hosts, fired his shot well over the bar.
Pale’s first goal came when he had to muscle his way past a defender to get to a chip forward, but he did so successfully and aimed the ball perfectly past goalkeeper Harpreet Singh from a very tight angle.
Mukhi almost bagged the equaliser around ten minutes later but his effort was neatly blocked by Langsning goalie Surjay Kumar Pariyar. Jamshedpur would go close once again when BasetHansda struck the crossbar in the 24th minute.
The home team, who had beaten Jamshedpur 3-1 in the reverse fixture last month, finally got a bit more breathing space when Pale doubled the lead in stoppage time.