Indian Football

I-League: William's strike powers Minerva to 1-0 win over Shillong Lajong

Minerva Punjab FC have now amassed 22 points from 9 matches and are top of the table

William Opoku Asiedu produced the solitary goal to guide Minerva Punjab FC to a 1-0 win over hosts Shillong Lajong FC in an intense Hero I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. In a fast-paced game, William scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute to continue Minerva Punjab FC’s fairytale run in the ongoing league.

Both teams started off on an offensive note right from the start of the game with Minerva Punjab taking a more aggressive approach. However, Lajong were holding their own against their opponents resulting in an equally leveled game. Minerva’s first goal attempt came in the 5th minute with Opoku getting past Lajong’s defense. However, his shot was wide and missed the goal.

Lajong had a good chance to score in the 21st minute, however, Deory’s deflected shot was saved by Minerva goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar as a result of Al-Hagri failing to send the ball into the net. Lajong midfielder Redeem Tlang went on to replace Al- Hagri in the 28th minute which marked Lajong’s first substitution.

Minerva created another chance to score in the 40th minute but Opoku’s shot was wide. Lajong replied with an attempt at the Minerva goal which was saved by Dagar in the 43rd minute. The start of the second half had Minerva applying the pressure on the home side.

The Punjab based team’s offence was up by a notch as they had Lajong on the defensive. Minerva replaced forward Lago Dogbobei with Girik Mahesh Khosla in the 57th minute. The game changer came in the 58th minute as Minerva took the lead from Opoku’s strike.

Chencho ran down the left flank beating NovinGurung by sheer pace and fed Opoku with an assist who in turn sent a magnificent shot into the back of the net. Lajong’s chance to score an equaliser came in the 62nd minute but Dagar managed to save Koffi’s shot. Minerva replied in the 66th minute with another goal attempt by Girik.

The home side wasted another chance to equalise in the 80th minute as Lalmuanpuia sent the ball straight into the arms of Dagar. Minerva Punjab FC have now amassed 22 points from 9 matches whereas Lajong remain in the fourth spot with 14 points having played one match more.

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