Bengaluru FC started their Federation Cup campaign on a high as they defeated Shillong Lajong 3-2 in a tight encounter at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Monday.
Goals from Udanta Singh (35’), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (46’) and an own goal by Aibrolang Khongjee was enough to clinch the game for the Blues after Yuta Kinowaki and Samuel Lalmuanpuia had found the net in the 72nd minute and 84th minute respectively for Lajong.
Shillong Lajong striker Dipanda Dicka, who won the ‘best I-League striker’ award for this season, missed a penalty for his team in the 71st minute.
Bengaluru FC were off to a rocky start in the match as their opponents attacked from the whistle with Dicka coming close to scoring the opener in the first minute.
The Blues, however, recovered from the nervous opening and the breakthrough came in the 35rd minute when Udanta Singh scored the first goal of the match with a shot from distance which took a wicked deflection and looped in the Lajong net.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh doubled Bengaluru FC’s lead in the 46th minute when he timed his run to perfection to head home a Harmanjot Khabra cross from the right flank.
Shillong Lajong had a brilliant chance to score in the 71st minute when they were awarded a penalty, but Dipanda Dicka’s shot missed the goal by a huge distance. Yuta Kinowaki slotted the ball home from a tight corner to reduce their deficit and to make the score-line read 2-1 in the 72nd minute.
However, it was not Lajong’s day as just two minutes later, skipper Aiborlang Khongjee bundled the ball into his own net, doubling Bengaluru FC’s lead yet again. Thangboi Singto’s men were awarded a penalty again in the 84th minute and this time Samuel Lalmuanpuia scored to make the scoreline read 3-2.