BANGALORE: 10-men Bengaluru FC showed no sign of protective-approach, when they trounced Shillong Lajong FC 2-0 at the Kanteerava Stadium today evening, and moved to the second spot in the table for the time being, with 10 points.
BFC looked sharp on the pitch today, with the midfield performing smoothly, and setting balls up for Robin Singh and Sunil Chhetri.
Robin came close to goal scoring in the very first minute, and he then forced a corner. In a counter from Shillong, Durga Boro set one for Cornell Glenn, which the later shot wide.
Local boy Shankar got a memorable start in the Hero I-League, with his precision balls from the right flank helped Robin Singh to score his first home goal of the season.
Last five minutes of the first half proved taxing for the Steelmen. Central defender Curtis Osano was shown the red card after committing a serious challenge on Cornell Glenn. There was another drama when BFC keeper Ralte failed to collect the ball cleanly, and Seiminlen Doungel failed to latch on to the opportunity.
That could have given the much-needed equalizer for the visitors.
Robin got another chance in the second minute post lemon break. A sloppy work in defense from Nim Dorjee gave the tall striker to score his double, which he unfortunately couldn’t convert.
Playing with 10 men, BFC gaffer Ashley Westwood sacrificed a midfielder for a central defender. However, that did not refrain from taking industrious attempts. Perhaps that resulted in the second goal when Thoi Singh scored one from Eugenson Lyngdoh’s perfect cross.
The visitors tried hard in the final stages of the game, but could not make a comeback.
Hero of the Match – Thoi Singh.