Mohun Bagan notched up their second consecutive victory with a 4-0 thrashing of a 10-man South China of Hong Kong in an away match of the AFC Cup football tournament here today.
The I-League champions, who had drubbed Maldives side Maziya Sports and Recreation 5-2 in their home match in Guwahati last month, scored through Lenny Rodrigues (15th minute), Sony Norde (39th), Cornell Glen (45th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (82nd) in a Group G match at Mongkok Stadium here.
After their second consecutive at the continental second tier club competition, Mohun Bagan remained on top with six points from two matches, two points clear of Yangon United of Myanmar, who played out a 1-1 draw with Maziya Sports and Recreation in Male, Maldives.
Mohun Bagan next play Yangon United of Myanmar on March 16 in Guwahati.
With their head coach Sanjoy Sen at the dug out—though he was handed a domestic eight-match ban—the Kolkata side outplayed their opponents at their own den by pumping in three goals in the first half.
Down to 10 men from the 16th minute onwards, South China never recovered and suffered their second consecutive loss. They had lost to Yangon United of Myanmar 1-2 in an away match last month.
The initial minutes saw both the sides trying to gauge each others’ strength with Mohun Bagan making some attempts at the South China goal though without much purpose.
Mohun Bagan took the lead in the 15th minute from a set-piece as an unmarked Rodrigues headed into the net after the goalkeeper parried off a Katsumi Yusa freekick.
Just a minute later, Che Runqui of South China was sent off for his second bookable offence in the match, giving Mohun Bagan the numerical superiority.