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Glen scores hat-trick in India’s Federation Cup
Former T&T international striker Cornell Glen ran rampant with a hat-trick, helping seal a 4-0 victory for his club Shillong Lajong FC over Mumbai FC, in a final Group C fixture of the Federation Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi. Glen opened with a penalty kick in the 15th minute when Mumbai FC goalkeeper Kunal Sawant was adjudged to have brought down the forward, after the custodian had saved a shot of Subhash Singh. Glen coolly dispatched the spot-kick and gave his side the lead. Midway into the first half and the north eastern outfit doubled its lead when Boithang Haokip’s shot found the back of the net, which goalkeeper Sawant having no chance.
The first half ended 2-0. It took Lajong eight minutes in the second half to find the back of the net for the third time when Glen picked up a long ball by Subhash Singh, and despite being under pressure from two Mumbai FC defenders, found the back of the net. The Lajong goalkeeper managed to keep a clean sheet for the second time in the tournament.
To top it off, however, Glen curled in a flat free-kick into the right bottom corner as the Lajong side fell short of a point in order to keep its hopes alive. Lajong finished second in its four-team group. Only one team would advance from the four groups, into the semifinal of the tournament. One T&T national, however, will be represented in the semifinal. Anthony Wolfe’s team, Churchill Brothers topped its group and will face Mohun Bagan in the first semifinal, tomorrow. Wolfe has scored two goals in the tournament thus far.
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