19th Round: SLFC 2 - 1 United Sikkim FC AT HOME.

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SLFC : (Lalhimthara 80', Taisuke 90')
USK : ( Linekar 67')

SLFC : Ralte, Passah, Min-Chol-Son, Lallawmzuala, Jeevan, Taisuke, Lalramluaha, Lalchhuanmawia, Boithang, Sho, Sushil.
USK : Manatosh, Syed, Anwar, Abhishek, Sandesh, Munmun, Linekar, Thupden, John, Nadang, Nima.

Match Report - SLFC RELEASE : Shillong Lajong Football Club got the better of United Sikkim FC with a 2-1 win in the second North East Derby, Round 19 of the I-League which was played at the JN Stadium Shillong on Saturday.

The Reds started brightly and enjoyed most of the early possession right from the word go and could have taken the lead in the very first minute but were unlucky when their first attempt on goal hit the bar. The host had plenty of chances coming their way but were unfortunate not to find the back of the net despite an array of quality football displayed.

As the game went on Nathan Hall's men started to enjoy most of the possession and found their feet but failed to create clear-cut chances. The Men in Blue could have taken the lead as they came close in several occasions but Lajong's wall did well to stop Sikkim's attempt including some brilliant keeping done by Lajong custodian Lalthuanmawia Ralte.

The first half was no doubt very competitive but both sides went into the break all square. After the lemon break both teams pushed to break the deadlock in an attempt to grab all three crucial points. Lajong made a couple of changes in the second half as Coach Thangboi Singto brought in P.C.Lalhlimthara for Jibon Singh in the 74th minute and Samson came in for Lalramluaha in the 80th minute.

While United Sikkim brought in Zenith for Thupden Bhutia in the 52 nd minute and Nadong came in for Linekar in the 89th minute. The visitors fashioned their best chance and surged ahead when Linekar Machado tapped in Ashish Chettri's cross in the 67th minute.

But "The never say die spirit" of the boys in "Red" was visible on the pitch as they started pressing hard to find the much needed equaliser. The hard work finally paid off when substitute P.C.Lalhlimthara found the back of the net which was assisted by Sho Kammimura and levelled the score in the 81 st minute.

Lajong's last win was against Pailan Arrows on November 28th last year at home and what looked like a draw as the match headed towards stoppage time, the home team surprised the 6000 odd crowd at the JN Stadium and this time it was Japanese striker Taisuke Matsugae who made no mistake to score the winning goal for Shillong Lajong FC in the 90+2 minute.

With this win Shillong Lajong FC is in the 10th position with 19 points while United Sikkim FC are in the 13th position with 12 points. Taisuke Matsugae was awarded the Man of the Match for his stunning performance today against United Sikkim FC.

19th Round: Preview :- Shillong Lajong Vs United Sikkim..

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In the round 19 of the I-League, Shillong Lajong FC will take on United Sikkim FC in what promises to be an exciting and crucial North East Derby which will be held at the JN Stadium Shillong at 2PM on Saturday.

On the 8th of December last year United Sikkim hosted Shillong Lajong FC and both sides had to share points as the game resulted in a goalless draw.

The home team is currently in the 10th position with 16 points and in a pre-match press conference that was held today Coach Thangboi Singto of Shillong Lajong FC said , "It is a battle of two North Eastern teams and it will be a tough game. We are looking for nothing less than awin."

Coach Thangboi also voiced out his concern as some of the crucial players are injured and said, "Injuries are bound to happen and we will be missing our captain Renedy Singh including Govin Singh and Chitrasen and Eugene will be out due to suspension."

United Sikkim is currently in the 13th position with 12 points and Nathan Hall head coach of United Sikkim FC said "It will be a tough match but we need to win tomorrow. At the moment I am satisfied with the team and the players are very energetic on the pitch.

"The boys were good against Pailan Arrows but we were just unlucky not to take home all the three points. But there is a lot of improvement right now and the players are working very hard", he added.

Stating that Lajong will have the advantage considering the home crowd support Sikkim Coach Nathan Hall said, "Shillong Lajong is a very good team and a tough side to beat at home. But some of the players who were injured will be back for tomorrow's game as they have fully recovered from their injuries and the credit goes to the medical staff", he concluded.

Sporting took revenge against 10 men Churchill in 2nd leg..

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SCG ; Rovan 86'.(Sub-Jovel)
CB : Sandip, Denzil, Ravanan, Gurtej, Raju Y, Dias, Tomba, Lenny, Mograbi, Beto, Henry.
SCG : Bruno, Samananda, Rojen, Mathew, Angel, Kalu, Jovel, Pratesh, Joyner, Juan, Victorino.
RED CARD : Ravanan ( Double Caution CB 49'.)
mom : Angel Berlanga (SCG)

before the break received a set back when they lost to Sporting Clube de Goa by a solitary goal in the 19th round of the I-League, played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, here today. Substitute Rovan Pereira scored the only goal of the match in the 83rd minute after Churchill had done well for a majority of the second half to restrict Sporting Clube. Churchill had to play with 10 men ater captain Dharamraj Ravanan was sent off in the 49th minute for a second bookable offence.

The win took Sporting to 8th place with 20 points from 18 mtches. While Churchill Brothers who were looking to stay at the top of the table before the break received setback from today's defeat as they remained on 38 points from 17 matches.

Both teams missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, although Sporting Clube should have opened their account for all the possession and chances that they had during this time. Victorino Fernandes, Sporting's lone striker, had the first look at the rival goal midway into the opening session when he was put clear by new Spanish signing Juan Pena, but Victorino went for a quick drive which missed the target narrowly.

Jovel Martins had two quick chances for Sporting Clube, but at first he mistimed his effort when fed on the platter by Prathesh Shirodkar, and minutes later his volley from close range was way off the mark. Churchill Brothers who failed to put up a collective performance against their drawn match with Mumbai FC once again failed to live up to their reputation as they committted lot of errors in the middle which unable the rival to have a better say in both the sessions.

Henri Arnaud and Beto went close. Beto with a long drive and Henri after playing a delightful one-two with Lebanese striker Akram Moghrabi. Churchill Brothers reduced to 10 men early in the second half after captain Dharmaraj Ravanan picked up his second booking in the 49th minute. The second was a mistimed tackle on Victorino just outside the box. Once Sporting Clube had the numerical advantage, they were on the hunt for the elusive goal. Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu posed a major threat for the rivals and he came close twice within a span of five minutes.

The first was a brilliant counter attack which saw Rojen Singh float the ball into the heart of the Churchill defence where Rovan Pereira chested the ball for Kalu, but his effort sailed inches over the cross bar. Few minutes later, Kalu was there again, this time his volley from close range missing by a whisker.

After putting lot of pressure at the rival goal, Sporting succeded in finding the winner in the 83rd minute when Kalu put a through ball for substitute Seiya Sugishita who somehow laid it into the path of Rovan Pereira. The last named only had to beat onrushing goalkeeper Sandip Nandy which he did in style.

The win took Sporting to eighth place with 20 points from 18 matches while Churchill Brothers remained on 38 points from 17 matches.