Shillong Lajong snapped unbeaten run of Aizawl with 1-0 win in I-League

Vastavam web: Khasi winger Redeem Tlang scored the solitary goal as Shillong Lajong snapped the unbeaten run of Aizawl with a 1-0 win in the first Northeast Derby of the I- League season here today.In a hard-fought encounter, Redeem Tlang scored in the 60 minute to help Shillong Lajong FC secure their third win of the season.Aizawl, who had managed to garner 25 points from the possible 27 points at home last season, made only one change to the team that faced Churchill Brother with Lalbiak Thanga filling the gap left by injured David Rinmuana.

Lajong’s coach Nongbet made two changes, replacing captain Samuel Lalmuanpuia and Alen Deory in the starting XI with Shaibor Karpan and Kynsailang Khongsit respectively.Kobayashi was alone in the box with no pressure from the Lajong boys, but still couldn’t find the back of the net.Both teams found it hard to carve out goal scoring chances and just after the half hour mark, Yemenese midfielder Al-Hagri danced past Aizawl’s Saighani and Kareem but his weak shot was collected easily by goalkeeper Avilash Paul.Both teams started the second half brightly but it was the away team who drew first blood. Al Hagri’s shot inside the box was blocked by the Aizawl’s boys but the ball fell to Tlang, who calmly curved the ball towards the far side of the net and scored his second league goal of the season.

H Lalmuankima penalty appeal was not given by referee Om Prakash Thakur and a few moments later Kobayshi’s shot flew just over the cross bar.Aizawl now in 6th place has played three games, managing 4 points along the way.