'Attack, attack and attack,’ was Lajong FC coach Stanly Rozario's instructions when his boys lined up to face Mohun Bagan on Saturday. And the minnows did that, demolishing their opponents 4-1.
Leaders Dempo consolidated their lead with a well-fought 2-1 win over Parminder Singh's JCT in Margao. In the third match of the 18th round, Air India and Mumbai FC played out a goalless draw.
In Kolkata, Lajong FC capitalised on Mohun Bagan's defensive glitches to run away with a 2-0 lead within the first quarter. On a fast counter-attack after Snehasish Chakraborty fluffed a sitter, Nigerian imports Daniel Bidemi and James Gbilee engaged the Bagan defence with their short passes before finally pushing it forward for Seikhohau Tuboi, who surged ahead of Surkumar Singh to score. Next one came when Kelechi Okoye's free-kick from the top of the box took a faint deflection off the defensive wall to beat Sangram Mukherjee.
At Margao, Ranty Martins scored in each half to negate Baljit Singh Sahni's penalty in added time of the first half that raised hopes of a draw. Dempo now lead the table with 35 points. On Sunday, Chirag United host Mahindra United and Sporting Clube de Goa face Viva Kerala at Margao.