INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 :Shillong Lajong beat Dempo 3-0 at home.

03.05.2015 KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE | LIKE FB || 02.05.2015 : SHILLONG LAJONG FC -- 3-0 -- DEMPO SC - FT
SLFC : Uilliams 15', Khelemba singh 35', Glenn 51'
MOM : Uilliams ( SLFC)
SLFC : Rehnnesh, Khelemba, Kim, Mincholson, Pritam, Penn, Zordinliana, Uilliams, Lenn, Boithang, Glen
DEM : Kattimani, Rowilson, Nirmal, Calum, Debabrata, Gabriel, Lenny, clifford, Francis, Germanpreet, Holicharan.

SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong Lajong FC deservedly emerged victorious as they defeated Goan side Dempo SC by a score line of 3-0 with goals through Uilliams, Khelemba and Glen. The win comes in their second home game in a run of 7 home game fixtures stretching until the final game of the season.

The first half started out slowly with both teams failing to hold possession of the ball long enough to create any chances. As the game progressed Lajong were able to find their feet and control the match. After a flurry of chances the home side were awarded a free kick in the 14th minute just a few yards outside the box. Uilliams stepped up to take the free kick which sailed into the side netting to the keeper’s left leaving Dempo custodian Kattmani stretching in vain in the 17th minute.

The home side deservedly got the lead and managed to create more chances towards the end of the first half. After having played with much of the confidence that took their side to sixth position in the previous season, The Reds were able to find their second goal. Khelemba Meitei who filled in for club captain Aibor Khongjee headed in a well taken corner to score on his debut and give the home side an assailable two goal cushion going into the break. Uilliams provided the assist to the goal scored in the 37th minute.

As the match resumed, so did the momentum of the home side as they pressed hard early on in the second half. Dempo eventually succumbed to the pressure as Lenny Rodrigues pulled down Uilliams inside the box after the Lajong striker was allowed to turn. Cornell Glen took the spot kick and confidently chipped the ball right through the middle to move his side three goals up as early as the 50th minute.

Dempo SC managed to find a few attacks but the home side were never in danger of conceding. The visitors however managed to make matters worse for themselves as they went down to ten men after Nirmal Chettri picked up his second yellow card following a foul on Zodingliana. Shillong Lajong coach Thangboi Singto tried to increase the deficit by introducing more fire power through David Ngaihte and local boy Shaiborlang Kharpran but could not capitalize on the 10 men Goan side as the score remained 3-0 until the final whistle.

This win gives Lajong their much needed confidence following a four game winless streak. The three points also mean Shillong Lajong FC are now in 7th position in the I-League with 16 points after having played 15 games. The Reds will play their next match against Bengaluru FC on the 8th of May.

FT : Shillong Lajong beat Dempo 3-0. Uilliams of Shillong Lajong declared Man of the Match.
90': 3 minutes added time. 3-0 is the scoreline for Lajong .
61': DEMPO now down to 10 men.
60': RED CATD to Nirmal Chhetri of DEMPO.
51': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-0 to Shillong Lajong. Glenn scored the 3rd goal.
50': SCORE LINE : 2-0 for Lajong
44': CHANGE-SLFC : Preetam out and Samuel in.
35': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to shillong Lajong. Khelemba singh scored the goal.
25': 1-0 to LAJONG is the score line.
15': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Lajong scored goal, leading 1-0 now from a free kick of Uilliams.
14': Lajong beat Dempo 2-0 in first leg where Boithan and Glen scored for team.
15': Lajong is unbeaten to Dempo in last 4 I-League matches.
13': 0-0 is the score line.
1': Match Starts.

PREVIEW : SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Friday 1st May 2015: Shillong Lajong FC will take on Dempo SC at the J.N.Stadium, Shillong on 2nd May, 2015 at 4:30PM as both teams will look to return to winning ways after their defeats to Salgaocar and East Bengal respectively.

Shillong Lajong began their run of 7 consecutive home fixtures with a disappointing loss to Salgaocar FC as The Reds struggled to contain the visitors in the first half as they put three goals past the Lajong defense but their second half performance would have inspired the team to better results in the coming fixtures.

Speaking in a pre match press conference, Lajong coach Thangboi Singto said, "Every match is crucial for us. Yes against Salgaocar we conceded very silly goals very early but second half we had a fair number of chances. We can't forget the last match but we have to look forward as a team. For us we have to do much better in the coming match tomorrow".

Having played well in their campaign last year finishing sixth in the table, Thangboi Singto's men are struggling to string up a good run of performances as only three points separate Shillong Lajong and the drop zone. He added, "For us playing at home we should get maximum points. We're in a position where we can't get a loss. We have to stay more solid and strong defensively and hopefully the players up front will give us a good result tomorrow"

The home side however will look to capitalise on their opponents who will be without their foreign players Carlos Hernandez who is out for the rest of the season, Afghanistan international Amiri picked up a ligament injury against East Bengal and Australian forward Tolgay Ozbey nursing a calf injury.

Dempo's head coach Trevor Morgan also present at the pre match press conference said, "We've been unable to field our four foreigners on the pitch all season. It has affected the team but we've been upbeat. All the games we’ve played we've always been in the game." Tolgay Ozbey who scored three goals in his previous two matches would not start the match but might come on "only after half time" said the Dempo coach.