SHILLONG, April 11: Mohun Bagan defeated Shillong Lajong 3-1 in the second quarterfinal of the Hero Super Cup played in Bhubaneswar today. With this win, the Kolkata outfit advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
The three goals for Mohun Bagan came from Faiaz, Kadam and an own goal from Lajong defender, Laurence Doe. The only goal for Lajong came from Abdoulaye Koffi.
A very experienced Mohun Bagan side kicked off the first half very well dominating Lajong in their half. SK Faiaz, gave the Mariners an early lead in the 12th minute after he controlled the ball inside the box and slotted the ball past the keeper.
Nikhil Kadam doubled the lead for the Mariners after he scored a long ranger in the 22nd minute. The goal had hit the cross bar and came back out which led to the delay in the decision of the referee to award the goal. Few minutes later, Lajong were attacking in numbers and earned a penalty when Sheen was brought down inside the box. Samuel Lalmuanpuia stepped up in the 26th minute but his penalty kick was saved by the custodian Shilton Paul.
Then in the 28th minute, Samuel received a long ball inside the box and flicked it towards the oncoming striker, Koffi, who made no mistake in heading it into the back of the net. The goal boosted the confidence of the young Lajong side that started to show more intent in attack. A couple of good chances fell for both sides in the first half but the score remained unchanged at 2-1 in favour of Mohun Bagan.