The Mumbai side bagged all three points in a match that saw the home side squander plenty of chances...Mumbai FC defeated Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 in a round 23 I-League match played in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong to receive a much-needed boost in their fight to avoid the drop. Cornell Glen (19') had drawn the first blood for the north eastern side, while goals from Alfred Jaryan (45'+2) and Ashutosh Mehta (50') sealed three points for the visitors.
The first chance of the match fell to the home side after they had earned a free-kick just outside the Mumbai box. Uilliams Souza unleashed a powerful effort from the set-piece, but goalkeeper Nidhin Lal was alert enough to thwart the danger.
Another opportunity came Lajong’s way in the 12th minute but this time as the Mumbai FC custodian pulled off a super save to parry a powerful shot taken by Cornell Glen from the left of the box. The ball went to Uilliams on the rebound, but the Brazilian failed take advantage of it.
However, the deadlock was broken in the 19th minute, when Glen surged ahead after receiving the ball in the opponent third and invaded the Mumbai territory with ease. His powerful right footed effort was on target gave Nidhin Lal no chance to stop it.
Only a few minutes later Taisuke Matsugae had a brilliant chance to double the lead but his shot from the right of the box missed the far post by a whisker.
Mumbai had their first chance in the 24th minute when N.P.Pradeep took a brilliant free-kick, but after a bit of pandemonium, Lalthuammawia Ralte was able to gather the ball in his gloves.
However they restored parity just before the half-time when Jaryan took advantage of a defensive error by the home team and netted the ball from close range after the Lajong defenders failed to deal with a corner-kick.
Just minutes after the break and Mumbai doubled their lead as Ashutosh Mehta made a vital interception after Robin Gurung had intended to head the ball back to his keeper. Ralte had already come off his line to collect and Mehta took advantage of it to score his second goal in as many matches.
Lhe home side got a good opportunity to equalise when Seikhohao Tuboi went forward and sent a cross for Glen inside the box, but the striker was a tad too slow.
With this win, Mumbai now have 24 points from their 21 matches and are 6 points ahead of Mohammedan Sporting who are rock bottom of the chart, though the Black and Whites have a game in hand.
Lajong on the other hand, dropped down to the seventh place and now have 29 points from their 21 matches.