I League 2017-18: Shillong Lajong win by a solitary goal against debutant Gokulam Kerala FC

[caption id="attachment_58893" align="alignnone" width="580"]3 Action in front of the Gokulam goal mouth during the I League clash between Shillong Lajong and the league debutants.[/caption]

Internet Desk: Shillong Lajong FC started their campaign in the 11th edition of the Hero I-League today by securing three points defeating debutants Gokulam Kerala FC by 1-0. It was Alen Deory’s shot that was deflected and went in at the 78th minute as Lajong got all three points in their opening fixture at the JN Stadium in Shillong.

The Lajong starting eleven had all their 7 Indian players from the Academy among which Rakesh Pradhan, Kynsailang Khongsit, Samuel Kynshi and Phurba Lachenpa were handed their I-League debuts. Also, Lajong’s foreign recruits Daniel Odafin, Aiman Al-Hagri, Juho Oh and Laurence Doe had their I-League debuts.

The match was evenly poised from the very start but the home team were much more dominating in the opposition half. Lajong had to sub out Aiman Al-Hagri in the 15th by Novin Gurung.

The Reds were in an attacking mood from the very beginning with a few corners and shots which were a whisker away from the post.

The first half ended goalless as both the teams failed to find the back of the net and coach Alison had a lot of talking to do during the break.

Lajong started the second half with an added intent to penetrate the Gokulam goal. The team was creating opportunities in the opposition half but failing to find the final pass.

Lajong were awarded a free kick in the 78th minute just outside Gokulam’s box. Samuel’s free kick found Alen, whose header was deflected off a Gokulam defender and went in to give Lajong the goal that they were looking for.

The home team enjoyed their first three points of the season of the Hero I-League and make their way to the top of the table.

Shillong Lajong will play their next match at home against Churchill Brothers on 2nd December at JN Stadium.

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