India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored twice as Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan thrashed Aizawl FC 5-0, in the summit clash of the Federation Cup, on Saturday.
This victory means that Bagan have now won the tournament for a record-extending fourteen times.
Jeje struck in 73rd and 88th minutes while the other goal scorers for Mohun Bagan were Sony Norde (48th), Dhanachandra Singh (58th) and Bikramjit Singh (82nd). The two sides were locked goal-less at the end of the first half at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
Mohun Bagan’s 14th title, the most by any club in the country in the prestigious tournament, will give them the right to play in the AFC Cup, after they missed out on the I-League title this season. They won the Federation Cup title after a gap of eight years since their last triumph in 2008.
For Aizawl, it was a case of so near yet so far as they failed to end their fairytale campaign with a title. Playing in their maiden tournament after finishing eighth in their first-ever appearance in the I-League, the team had beaten league champions Bengaluru FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, en route to the final.
Aizawl might have come into the match with a lot of confidence after their ‘giant-killing’ performances but Mohun Bagan were by and for the superior side, especially in the second half when they struck five times without reply.
The North-Eastern side fought well in the first half and though they had a few shots at Bagan’s goal the action still remained in their half most of the time.
Bagan striker Glen Cornel missed a golden chance in the 34th minute, as his strike off a Katsumi Yusa corner did not have enough power, which was easily collected by Aizawl keeper Soram Poirei.
The Kolkata side were a completely different side in the second half and pumped in five goals as Aizawl surrendered meekly.