28.01.2016:SHILLONG LAJONG ( 1-0 ) SALGAOCAR - FT..
SIL Favio Pena 48'

SLF : Vishal, Aibor, Yusuke, Chinglen Sana, Ruphet, Shadhap, Vipin, Penn, Robin, Favio, Ulliams

SSC : Karanjit, Gurjinder, Nicolou, L. Pereira, Regan Singh, Thangjam Singh, Rocus Lamare, Ales Sawant, Satyasen Singh, Jakiechand Singh, D. Duffy

Shillong Lajong Football Club defeat Salgaocar Football club in an intense battle to pick up their first win of this season’s Hero I-League 2015-16. The 48th minute strike from Fabio Pena was the sole cause of the visiting Greens downfall here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Ground, Shillong.

As the first half kicked off Salgaocar seemed to take the game to another level as they mounted the pressure on the Reds. In less than 6 minutes Jackichand Singh came dangerously close when he made a cross which Seityasen Singh attempted to head in but missed the goal. Another chance in the 10th minute saw Darryl Duffy in front of an open goal which he shoots just too high & is unable to capitalise.


The home side made quite a few attempts but Karanjit was always there to bail out the Greens. Saran Singh missed another attempt from just outside the box when his strike just whizzed by the outer goalpost. Despite playing a high paced game both the teams were stuck in a goalless deadlock at the stroke of half-time.

The second half began & in less than 3 minutes Fabio Pena converts a free-kick sent right into the middle of the Salgaocar box ending this season’s goalless draught for the highlanders. Still not willing to give up the Greens rallied up and made a number of attempts. In the 57th minute Jackichand makes a through ball go right into the home side’s box from the right but couldn’t find anyone to tap it in. The Reds showing their determination in the dying minutes of the game thwarted every attempt being made & got in a few chances for themselves. The exciting game was brought to an end with the Reds picking up their 1st win while Salgaocar remain yet to move from the bottom of the table.

90': SLFC is leading 1-0.
82': Shillong got 10 corners while Salgaocar 1 so far.
77': PLAYER CHANGE-SLFC : Ruphet out and Haokip in
72':Out of total 7 corners so far, Shillong earned 6 of them but not able to score.
63': CHANGE-SALGAOCAR : Satyasen Singh out Manandeep singh in.
62': Duffy's shot from Jacki's pass missed.
60': YELLOW CARD to Rupet of Lajong.
46': 2nd half starts.
45': 2nd corner to Lajong. No score.
30': Jackiechand's shot went out.
27': Free kick of Uilliams saved by Karanjit.
26': Long Ranger of Penn missed the target.
23': 1st Corner to Lajong, Wasted.
20': No Score. Still 0-0.
20': shot of Favio of Lajong missed the target.
19': CHANGE - SAL : Gilbart in ans Alesh out.
18': Attack of Salgaocar again through Jackiechand but well defend of Yusuke.
10': SCORE LINE : 0-0
8': Salgaocar Missed a scoring chance through Duffy. One to one with Vishal but missed.
3': Corner for SLFC but No impact.
1': Match Starts.

SLFC PRESS RELESE : Shillong Lajong FC will look to bounce back stronger as they are all set to host Goan outfit Salgaocar FC on Thursday at the JN Stadium Shillong at 4:30pm.

After having drawn one and lost one match so far, Lajong are looking for their first win and will be banking their hopes on the strikers who will need to fulfil their goal scoring duties. The team has also been weak defensively and need to correct on their errors of conceding early goals.

Yusuke Yamagata, the Japanese defender will look to make his debut tomorrow after nursing an illness and his presence will surely add experience to the defence line of the Lajong squad. The two Brazilian strikers Uilliams and Fabio need to pull up their socks and find their scoring touch at the earliest as the team really needs to score goals in order to collect three full points. The stakes are high and the league is tough! The team has to collectively perform as a unit and understand each other on the pitch so that a good combination of play comes through from them. This will be highly beneficial for the team who is also looking to better their standings in the league.

The team morale has to be boosted up as well and take home advantage in tomorrow’s match. In a pre match press conference held in the city today, Coach Thangboi Singto said, “If we don’t score we won’t get points as Goals make you win matches. I believe in my foreign strikers and goals will need to come sooner.”

“Pritam is injured and is doubtful for tomorrow’s match.” “We need to work hard defensively and do a lot better. The pressure is on the strikers. We need to stop conceding goals and get goals from our strikers.

Pressure is the same whether you’re playing at home or away. Salgaocar has good Indian players. It will be a tough game for us and we need to work harder and get maximum points tomorrow”, he said. The weather is Shillong has been increasingly cold too and the home team has to make full use of the situation as the Goans are likely to be distracted and miss the sunny warm weather in Goa.

The tension is high in the Salgaocar squad as well. The team has not be able to register a win and have been lost all their three matches, against Bengaluru, Mohun Bagan and Mumbai FC. The team is yet to gel and get along with the new signings in the squad and also adjust to the new coaching tactics and style of play, of their new head coach Malcolm Thomson.

Salgaocar has a strong squad and their striker Darryl Duffy is back to form and has been scoring goals for his team. Gurjinder Kumar and Jackichand Singh have also scored a piece for their team so far in the past two matches. The Greens will certainly look to go all out for a win tomorrow.

Malcolm Thomson, the Salgaocar coach was also part of the pre-match press conference today and said, ”We have played the three top teams in India and things didn’t go according to plan. We are taking time to gel as a unit and are conceding early goals too. We have to ensure that it doesn’t happen tomorrow.”

“Augustine got injured in the last match and he will not be involved tomorrow.”“It will be a tough match and we won’t take it lightly as well. If players play to the full capacity then I think we can do well.”“It is difficult for coaches and players whether it is playing at home or away. We are looking forward to a competitive match tomorrow, he concluded