The Reds from Shillong snapped their win-less streak, as the Mumbaikars capitulate yet again on home soil that leaves them far adrift of their top four ambitions...Welcome to Goal's new I-League feature: Top and Flop. For every game, a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the league - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. In the same vein, we will also name a player whose performance wasn’t up to the mark on the given day and eventually came to hurt his side.
|TOP: CORNELL GLEN
The Trinidad and Tobago striker, who has also represented his national country at the World Cup in 2006, was immense against Mumbai FC. He scored two goals, and played his part in about five chances thereafter, as he proved a constant headache for Ritesh Perambra and Anwar Ali. For his first goal, he latched onto a pass by Boithang Haokip which caught the Mumbai defense napping, and finished it into the top right hand corner. The second was better, as he cut through the Mumbai backline with a reaping run, from left to right, and put in a crossbody shot into the bottom right. His pace was unmatchable and if he keeps his form up, he could bring Lajong and himself a good few accolades this season.
| FLOP: ANWAR ALI
The reliable defender had a poor outing against Shillong Lajong as his side conceded three goals. His task to mark and contain Cornell Glen looked to have been accomplished successfully in the first half, but he fell to pieces in the second as Glen tore through the defense and scored two setting up a large number of other chances. He had problems in picking up the runs of deeper lying players like Boithang Haokip and Seikhohao Tuboi, which forced the keeper in some good saves. Even the coach, Khalid Jamil, acknowledged Ali's shortcomings providing insight that he would soon rectify the situation. He seemed to elbow a Shillong player too and emerged from the brawl with a yellow card to his name. The Mumbai FC faithful will hope he picks up his game after another bad day at the office.
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