GUWAHATI, Jan 15 � Shillong Lajong FC got off to a flying start in the Federation Cup by crushing Salgaocar FC with a thumping scoreline of 4-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kochi today.
The match started poorly for both teams without any clear-cut chances. However in the 14th minute, Lajong got the breakthrough and earned their first goal after the Salgaocar defence was caught sleeping.
A clever lobbed pass from Taisuke Matsugae was headed by Lajong winger Seikhohao Tuboi into the top corner.
The goal meant that Derrick Perreira�s tactics were in vain as he made a rare change in the 29th minute when he brought on Clifton Dias for Mascarenhas. The tactical switch however was not successful as Thangboi Singto�s men created many chances and added a lot of pressure to The Greens� keeper Karanjit Singh.
Lajong got their second in the 36th minute after a brilliant low cross from Cornell Glen was converted successfully by the Federation Cup debutant Redeem Tlang, which was his first senior team goal.
In the second session, Lajong made a smart start and found their third goal in the 48th minute when Japanese recruit Taisuke Matsugae made an easy run through Clifton Dias to find a lot of space after which his thunderous strike proved to be too much for the Salgaocar custodian.
Lajong made another smart move in the 61st minute and Glen found the net which gave them their fourth goal and secured the three points as well.