Haitian forward Wedson Anselme set the trails blazing with a fine hat-trick as defending champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club stormed into the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup with a 7-0 thrashing over Team BJMC at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Jamal fielded a second-string team as Mamunul Islam, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, Jamal Bhuiyan and Emeka Darlington were all rested. However, they had to wait till the 24th minute for their opening goal. Haitian forward Leonel Preux sent a cutback from the right flank to compatriot Wedson, who scored with an angular shot in the far post.
In the 31st minute, Sohel Rana doubled the lead. Once again, Leonel ran down the right flank and dodged past two defenders before sending a square pass to Sohel who just had to tap the ball into the empty net.
Two minutes after resumption, BJMC conceded the third in a careless manner. Wedson floated a freekick from the edge of the box. With a number of BJMC defenders standing still, Jamal defender Keshto Kumar sent a right footer in the far post net.
Wedson completed his treble with two strikes in the 51st and 57th minutes. Both the strikes were crispy as the tall Haitian showed notable footwork to go past the BJMC defence on both the occasions. Midfielders Monaem Khan Raju and Alamgir Kabir Rana provided the through passes to Wedson.
Leonel, who worked relentlessly in the right flank, finally succeeded in registering his name on the scoresheet with his sixth goal of the season. Generating quick speed in midfield, the ponytailed Haitian sidefooted the ball past a hapless BJMC goalkeeper Ariful Islam in the 71st minute. In stoppage time, winger Rubel Miah completed the rout with the seventh.
In the other match of the day, Group D table-toppers Mohammedan drew 1-1 with Brothers Union. In the 59th minute, Augustine Walson put Brothers ahead but Towhidul Alam Sobuj equalised in the 65th minute. Brothers also progressed to the last-eight.