Shillong Lajong FC registered their first win of the year as they beat Indian Arrows 1-0 in their I-League encounter on Monday. Lajong’s foreign recruit Koffi (80’) scored the only goal of the match at the JLN Stadium.
Both teams started in the 4-2-3-1 formation with both eyeing a win. Arrows coach handed Roshan Singh his first start of the season and Deepak Tangri combined with Asish Rai in the defence while Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Boris Singh were rested along with Jeakson Singh.
Shillong Lajong were taking a more direct and aggressive approach as they had the Arrows on the back foot. The first half of the match was dominated by Lajong as they kept an aggressive approach. It looked like the Matos led side were not the same team that had played Lajong in their previous encounter.
Meanwhile, the moment of glory came for India Arrows goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill when he jumped to his left to save skipper Samuel Lalmuanpuia’s spot-kick. Deepak Tangri, following a tackle on Koffi, handled the ball inside the box and the referee didn’t hesitate to award a penalty kick to the hosts but the skipper’s right-footed shot was comfortably saved by the goalie.
Lajong created many chances to score during the first half of the match but none were successful in finding the net. Gill also proved that he was a force to be reckoned with as he made some impressive saves for his team.
After an onslaught of attacks on Arrows, Lajong’s winning goal finally came in the 80th minute when forward Abdoulaye Koffi raced into the box, past the outstretched Jitendra and delivered a wonderful shot into the roof of the net.
With the win, Lajong are fourth on the table with the Arrows on eighth spot.