2/14/2019 7:37:12 PM (GMT+3)

Ralte hat-trick helps East Bengal thrash Lajong

Ralte hat-trick helps East Bengal thrash Lajong

KOLKATA: Landanmawia Ralte struck a hat-trick as East Bengal thrashed Shillong Lajong 5-0 in the I-League here on Thursday.

Jobby Justin and Enrique Esqueda were the other scorers for the red and gold brigade, who climbed to the third spot with 31 point behind Chennai City (34) and Real Kashmir (32).

It was East Bengal’s fourth win on the trot and that will give their Spanish coach Alejandro Menendez Garcia the much-needed confidence to aim for the title.

Ralte struck in the eighth, 27th and 61st minutes while Justin (28) and Esqueda (45’) got one each.

Shillong stumbled to their 12th defeat in 16 games and after have conceded 44 goals to remain at the bottom.

The East Bengal coach rested Kamalpreet and opted for left wing-back Manoj Mohammad. He preferred Esqueda and Jobby Justin in the attack with a four- midfielders behind them.

Shillong’s Allison Kharsyntiew fielded an unchanged side from their prized victory against Churchill Brothers in the previous game.