Playing their second home match in the Hero I-league Shillong Lajong defeated Churchill Brothers 2-0 Saturday evening at JL Nehru Stadium in Shillong.
The Reds were dominant throughout out the first session and took the lead in the 29th minute through Redeem Tlang who made a brilliant touch on the ball on Lalmuanpuia´s cross.
After the first goal, Lajong felt more comfortable with their situation in the game whereas, Churchill tried their best to come back but were not able to do so.
On the resumption, Churchill Brothers shifted the gear in their pursuit of the elusive equalizer. Compared to the first half, the second half was more energetic and competitive. As contrary to the first half, Lajong were defensive in the first few minutes of the second half, preferred to secure their lead safely.
Samuel J Lyngdoh Kynshi, came off the bench into the game, replacing Abdoulaye Koffi to score the second goal for Lajong in the 72nd minute, thus giving them the upper hand over Churchill Brothers and killing off any hope of coming back into the match.
Churchill Brothers still fought on and launched themselves into an offensive trying desperately to get back into the game, but were unable to do so.
Hardy Cliff Nongbri of Shillong Lajong FC was awarded the Hero Of The Match for his outstanding performance. Lajong will travel to Kolkata to lock their horns with Kingfisher East Bengal on December 9 while Churchill will contest against the Mariners next day.
Redeem Tlang and Samuel Kynshi scored in either half for Shillong Lajong to push The Reds to the top of the league table.
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