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I-League Round 23:

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30.03.2014: SHILLONG LAJONG 1-2 MUMBAI FC ( FT..)
SLFC : Ralte, Passah, Son, Fanai, Robin, Milan Singh, Taisuke, Boithang, Durga, Uilliams, Glen.
MFC : Nidhin Lal, Pradeep, Alfred, Khelemba, Hatifie, J. Rane, Sehnaj, Rahul, Sandesh, Ashutosh, Yakubu,
52': Mumbai FC is leading 2-1 now.
51': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 for Mumbai FC. scored through Ashutosh Mehta.
45': GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL : MUMBAI FC equalized theorugh Alfred.
19': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Shillong Lajong scored through Glen.


MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC came from a goal down to defeat Shillong Lajong 2-1 and end their winless streak in an I-League Round-23 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday. Striker Cornell Glenn (19th minute) put the hosts ahead in the first half before goals from Alfred Jaryan (45+1st) and Ashutosh Mehta (50th) handed Mumbai FC a well-deserved win.

The triumph also ended Mumbai FC's 11-match winless run which stretched way back to December, and took their tally to 24 points from 21 games helping them move up to 10th place in the standings. Mumbai FC began the game on the backfoot soaking pressure in the initial exchanges and had 'keeper Nidhin Lal to thank for pulling off some decent saves.

However, Lajong finally broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Glenn, received the ball in the Mumbai FC half and went on a solo effort before finishing off with a powerful shot past Nidhin. Meanwhile Mumbai FC settled into the game and went close at the other end five minutes later. Medio N. P. Pradeep curled in a perfect freekick but was denied by the Lajong custodian.

Mumbai FC kept on pushing ahead and were rewarded for their persistence when striker Alfred Jaryan pulled them level in the first minute of added time. The Liberian striker capitalised on a defensive error by the Lajong defenders on a corner kick and scored from close range to restore parity going into the break. Mumbai FC began the second half in the best possible way taking the lead in the 50th minute.

Midfielder Ashutosh Mehta intercepted Lajong defender Robin Gurung's header back to his keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte. The lanky lad then beat Ralte in his stride before scoring his second goal in as many matches to put Mumbai FC in the driver's seat. Lajong tried to push hard for the equaliser, but Mumbai FC held on for their fourth win of the season.

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MFC PRESS RELEASE 29.03.2013: PREVIEW : Mumbai FC face Shillong Lajong in a must-win game. Mumbai FC hopes for a change in fortunes when they face Shillong Lajong FC in a must-win I-League Round 23 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday. The game on the morrow will be crucial for both sides for separate reasons. For sixth placed Lajong (29 points), a win will help them move up into the third place while full points will help eleventh-placed Mumbai FC (21 pts) steer clear from the relegation zone.

Moreover, this will be the third time both teams face off against each other this season. Back in October, Lajong ran out 3-2 winners in I-League at Pune, before another 4-0 win over Mumbai FC in the Federation Cup at Kochi in January. With Lajong winning the both the games, Mumbai FC will certainly seek revenge against their opponents on Sunday.

However, the game will not be an easy one for Mumbai FC as Lajong will be beaming with confidence after a 3-0 home win over leaders Bengaluru FC in the previous round.Going into the match, the hosts will be banking heavily on the attacking duo of Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Cornell Glenn along with Brazillian striker Uilliams Souza. The duo has contributed 17 out of Lajongís 28 goals this season.

Providing them support from the back will be the trio of Japanese medio Taisuke Matsugae, North Korean defender Minchol Son and winger Boithang Haokip.On the other hand, Mumbai FC come into the game after coming from behind to hold Kolkata giants East Bengal to a 2-2 draw; something Coach Khalid Jamil was happy about and praised his teamís attitude.

Despite the threat of relegation, Jamil is positive ahead of the game and was also happy to see veteran striker Yusif Yakubu getting on the scoresheet in back-to-back games.The Ghanaian will definitely have a lot riding on his shoulders and will hope for support from fellow striker Alfred Jaryan along with the experienced trio of Nicholas Rodrigues, Climax Lawrence and Arash Hatifie.

Coach Jamil expects his backline led by Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan and Ebi Sukore to hold firm after conceding goals too easily in the last few games. Over the years both sides have face each other ten times with Lajong boasting of five wins compared to Mumbai FCís three. Thus a win on the morrow will help Mumbai FC to improve their record.