Ranty double helps East Bengal pip Lajong 2-1
Nigerian striker Ranti Martins scored on either side of the break as East Bengal defeated Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 in their third round I-League encounter on Sunday. Ranti scored in the 29th and 70th minute while Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Cornell Glenn had restored parity in the 59th minute. The Kolkata giants have now got seven points from three games and are on third position in the league table.
The red and hold brigade got their first opportunity in the 23rd minute when Dudu Omagbemi freed Ranti whose powerful right-footer went wide. But Ranti made amends within six minutes when he found the back of the net. Saumik Dey and Leo Bertos combined brilliantly on the wide left. The Kiwi international essayed a cross into the box and Ranti nodded home even as rival keeper Rehnesh TP had come out of his charge.
Lajong equalised at the stroke of hour when Uilliams Souza sent in a cross from the left which stopper Raju Gaikwad missed completely. The ball went through to Glenn on the edge of the box, who chested it and essayed bicycle kick to level proceedings. However Gaikwad made it up somehwat for that defensive lapse as his signature powerful long throw caught Rehnesh completely off-guard as Ranti scored his second hoal with a powerful nod to make it 2-1 when the match was into its 70th minute.