I-League 2017: Shillong Lajong 3-1 Mumbai FC - The Reds continue their winning march
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Thangboi Singto's side started from where they left off last week as they dispatched The Yellow Brigade with ease..

Asier Dipanda ran the show with a first-half brace (28', 43') as Shillong Lajong FC ran out 3-1 winners over Mumbai FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong.

Karan Sawhney scored a consolation for Mumbai in the 58th minute but it was not enough to spark a comeback as Konsham Singh scored in the 70th minute to put things beyond any doubt for the home side.

Shillong Lajong had an unchanged lineup from the one that was victorious against Minerva Punjab with Redeem Tlang upfront with Dipanda while Samuel Shadap and Konsham Singh started in central defence. 

Mumbai FC had plenty of newcomers in tow with Densill Theobald and Robson Santana starting for the away side. Thoi Singh was expected to pull the strings in midfield while Farukh Choudhury led the attack.

It was the away side who began with a lot of verve with Thoi dominating the wings. In the 15th minute, Robson was inches away from tapping in a brilliant Thoi cross with the Lajong defence nowhere in sight.

Reagan Singh Rupert Nongrum Shillong Lajong FC Mumbai FC I-League 2017

The home side had a free-kick from about 35 yards out when Yuto Kinowaki was clumsily brought down. Isaac Vanmalswama swung in a delightful ball towards the far post which saw Dipanda tear away from his marker and head Shillong Lajong into the lead with Laxmikant Kattimani left with no chance.

The opener two minutes from the half hour mark gave Singto's men a lot of confidence and they surged back into the game.

For Mumbai, Robson continued to be wasteful in front of goal and he headed wide another of Thoi's perfect deliveries from close range. 

The striker's miss cost his side dear as from a free flowing counter attack in the very next minute, Dipanda completed his brace. After Kinowaki had released him, Dipanda produced a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box that beat Kattimani all ends up in the 42nd minute.

Shillong Lajong FC Mumbai FC I-League 2017

Dipanda almost completed his hat-trick, merely three minutes later after Isaac was desperately unlucky to see his volleyed effort ricochet off the crossbar. Dipanda proceeded to shoot the rebound straight to Kattimani.

Santosh Kashyap's ploy of bringing on Karan Sawhney after the half time break worked wonders as Mumbai pegged one back in the 56th minute following some woeful defending from Lajong. 

After Konsham had fouled Karan, Reagan Singh's free-kick wreaked havoc in the box with the defenders failing to clear their lines. Karan took advantage and drilled it in to open up a glimmer of hope for his side.

Just about ten minutes later, Rupert Nongrum could have put the game beyond a shadow of doubt after a mazy run saw him beat the goalkeeper but he managed to somehow place it wide of the target.

Clyde Fernandes Hitesh Sharma Dipanda Shillong Lajong FC Mumbai FC I-League 2017

But Konsham atoned for Nongrum's miss as he scored Lajong's third and gave his side some breathing space when he rose the highest in a corner kick in the 70th minute. 

Mumbai seemed to tire as the game progressed and Lajong held on to record their second home victory in a row but not before Kashyap was given a further headache after Kattimani was sent off for handling the ball outside the box with Dipanda looking to seize the opportunity.

After a fantastic start to the league, Santosh Kashyap's men have fallen off the pace with three back to back defeats and it won't be easy for them next time around as they face East Bengal away from home. 

Lajong, however, have a great chance to make it three wins in a row when they welcome Chennai City in their next match in Shillong. 

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