I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Salgaocar beat Shillong Lajong 3-1 in away.

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25.04.2015 : SHILLONG LAJONG FC -- 1-3 -- SALGAOCAR SC (FT)
SAL : Augustin Fernandes 8', Bikash Jairu 22', Douhou 44'
SLF : Uilliams 62'
SLFC : Rennesh, Shadap, Nim Dorjee, Nincholson, Pritam, Penn, Zordinliana, Uilliams, Milan, Boithang, Glenn.
SAL : K. SINGH, Nicolou, Jaison, Augustin, Francis, Gurjinder, Rocus, Pawan, Saran, Bikash, Douhou.

SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong Lajong FC went down by a scoreline of 1-3 to the visiting Salgaocar FC as The Reds lose their first match of their 7 home game run of fixtures. The Greens however would only find their second win in six games.

Lajong began brightly as they pushed on forward but the lead was taken by the visitors instead from a rare circumstance. After winning a free kick at the centre, Augustin Fernandes takes it quick with good vision to find the hands of Rehenesh TP only after the ball had crossed the line by a few inches. The linesman gave the goal in the 8th minute and Salgaocar FC were up a goal to nil.

Lajong pressed hard again trying to find the equaliser only for the lead to double Salgaocar's way as they scored again against the run of play in the 22nd minute. This time Bikash Jairu settles in a long ball to find himself one on one with Lajong defender Minchol Son as he sprints pass the North Korean and the advancing Rehesh TP to slide the ball into the empty net.

Salgaocar then sat back and invited pressure from the home side. With just a few minutes before halftime Douhou Pierre however is freed inside the box from a lobbed pass over the Lajong defense and chips over the Lajong custodian to make it 0-3 for the visitors going into the break at half time.

Thangboi Singto would have easily influenced his players in the dressing room as the hosts dictated play during the second half. Lajong went firing on all cylinders with one attack after the other and eventually found the back of the net in the 66th minute through Brazilian striker Uilliams Bomfin. Glen controlled the ball inside the box surrounded by three defenders as he taps it back for Uilliams to strike.

The home support were on their feet as they tried to inspire their side to find a few goals back and reduce the deficit. Thangboi Singto made two changes by bringing in Rupert Nongrum for Boithang in the 78th minute and Jacob for Milan Singh in the 90th minute.

The Reds however could not find their ways back again as the game ended with the scores at 1-3 giving the visitors their first win after a 4 game losing streak. The lost takes Lajong to 9th position with 13 points from 14 games and Salgaocar climb up the table to 6th with 17 points from 15 games.

62': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Uilliams reduced the margin 1-3 for Lajong.
44': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Douhou scored the 3rd Goal for Salgaocar.
22': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Bikash Jairu scored 2nd goal for Salgaocar. ..
8': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Fault of Lajong keeper Rehnnesh from a long free kick.

PREVIEW - SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Friday 24th April 2015: The Reds are all set to play their fourth home match of the Hero I-League 2014-15 Season against Salgaocar FC at the J.N.Stadium, Shillong on 25th April 2015 at 4:30PM. Lajong are coming into the game on the back of a 5 match unbeaten streak but having drawn 4 out of their last 5 league matches.

The North East Outfit will look to capitalize on home advantage towards the end of the season with the match against the Goan side being the first of a 7 game run of home fixtures stretching right until the last match of the season.

Speaking at a pre match press match conference, Shillong Lajong FC head coach Thangboi Singto said, “The situation we are at the moment is that every match is very much crucial. We have to get a result every week. Pressure is there but that is part of the job. Having said that Salgaocar are a very tough team, they have one of the best coaches in the league and it won’t be an easy game tomorrow. We have to give our best and climb a little bit higher in the table”.

Salgaocar FC on the other hand are on a poor run of form having lost four consecutive games and fatigue will play its part as they will be playing their third match in just a week. Salgaocar FC head coach Derrick Perreira emphasized on the tough situation the club is facing, “It is tough. Last four matches although we performed well we could not get the result we expected due to circumstances which were not in our hands and the conditions which also affected our results, even though not our performance”.

Shillong Lajong have been stringing up together a run of good games after the international break with the 6-0 drubbing over Mumbai FC reinstating their ambitions to finish high up the I-League standings. Coach Thangboi said,”The break helped the players to get fitter and the injured players to recover. The Mumbai result has improved the confidence and motivation to push the team.” Coach Perreira rates Shillong Lajong as “one of the top teams in the league” and has backed this statement stating that Lajong have benefited from the return of their foreign players “especially Cornel Glen”.

The Greens from Goa will however have drawn some inspiration from the last time the two teams met in the league where Salgaocar prevailed over Shillong Lajong. Derrick Pereira also added, “I am sure my players will fight it out. They’ve got the qualities and attitude. I am sure that it will be a good match tomorrow”.

Shillong Lajong FC will go into the match with two of their defensive stalwarts being sidelined with injuries. Club captain Aibor Khongjee is out with a toe injury, full back Robing Gurung is also out and forward Seiminlen Doungel will be also be doubtful to start the match. Salgaocar FC on the other hand have no injury concerns leading up to the game.

The home team is at the 9th position with 13 points while the visitors from Goa are just one place above the former with 14 points. It will be a tight battle between the two sides where three points will be up for grabs and both sides will settle for nothing less than a victory.

Thangboi Singto’s Boys will look to bank on Home Support, “The Lajong Faithfuls”, to drive Lajong towards the three points and instill the Reds with the much needed momentum for the remaining home games of the season.