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I-League 2017 FULL TIME: DSK Shivajians 2-3 Shillong Lajong FC

Written by: Miqdad

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                        2-3 

That's it from us here at Balewadi. DSK now travel to Kolkata for a game against East Bengal next weekend while Lajong entertain Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru within a week. 

Full Time: DSK Shivajians 2-3 Shillong Lajong

An enthralling game here at the Balewadi, as it often has been this season ends with Lajong taking away maximum points in the last moments of the game. DSK had completed a fantastic comeback from two goals down in 5 minutes in the second half, but Subrata Paul's last ditch error concedes defeat. Lajong can walk away saying they deserved the win, after a solid effort from all their players involved. 

90+3-  GOAALLLL! Lajong have stolen the game here! Subrata Paul has again committed a fatal blunder in the dying moments of a game. The veteran 'keeper comes out for a cross he never had a chance of reaching and Redeem Tlang heads home into an empty net. 

90- Holicharan Narzary is being subbed off for Khawlhring in the dying minutes here. Narzary has put in an exhaustingly brilliant shift in tonight. 3 minutes added on. 

88- Both teams refusing to back down or settle for the draw. Attacking with intent on the counter. 

86- A long clearance from Lalrinzuala is chased down by Narzary. He in turn finds Bhumij but the youngster's curling effort goes wide. 

82- A substitution for Lajong as Bipin Singh goes off for Allen Deory. 

79- A break in play as one of Shillong's players needs medical attention. A much needed one for the rest in humind conditions. 

76- Narzary's attempt is well saved by Kaith. 

75- Redeem Tlang goes in the book for the visitors as he fouls Narzary, who was out on the counter. 

74- Narzary is set through in acres of space but it's the linesman's flag that stops him in his tracks. 

72- Lucky escape for Kaith there! The keeper comes out of his box but is put under pressure from 2 DSK players. Kaith's clearance deflects off the foot of Seityasen for a throw in.

71- DSK somehow don't score! The ball is crossed in on a plate for Narzary who jumps and heads but is only able to find the bar. His attempt on the rebound lacks any power. 

68- Nirmal Chettri is in need of medical attention after being on the end of a robust tackle. 

66- Almost! A sweeping move from Lajong almost gives them the lead again. Lalmuanpuia draws a fabulous split second save from Subrata. Dipanda gets a follow up shot away too. 

63- GOAAALLLLL! It's 2-2! What a quick comeback! DSK have pulled two goals back within 5 minutes. Narzary started the move with some lovely buildup play, and a sublime through ball for Seityasen. Kaith messed up Seityasen's follow up cross, as Pranjal Bhumij was left with a simple task of putting the ball in the empty net. 

62- DSK piling on the pressure on Lajong now. Almost another diving header from Milan there. Vishal Kaith made a couple of strong punches only moments before that. 

58- GOALLLLL! 2-1! A cross from the right is met by a diving header from Ongnam Milan Singh, DSK's in form man. Poor marking from Singto's men, letting the man free in the box. 

55- Juan Quero is taken off, he hasn't been his usual self today. U-22 player Pranjal Bhumij comes on instead. Soon enough, Pradhan also makes way, this time for Lallianzuala Chhangte. 

52- GOALLLLL! 2-0! Lalmuanpuia! DSK fail to clear a corner properly and have been made to pay for it. After a couple of deflections, the ball fell to the Number 9, who turned and shot from 5 yards out over Subrata Paul's head. 

50- It's been a slow start to the second half by both teams. 

48- A free kick for Lajong in the centre of DSK's half is headed inches wide by Dipanda. The Cameroonian has had a quiet evening so far. 

46- Welcome back for the second half! Quero gets an early shot away on the turn but the ball flies high. Lajong have indeed made a change, Nongrum is replaced by Tlang. 

Half Time: DSK Shivajians 0-1 Shillong Lajong

We head into the break with the visitors in the lead. Even though DSK have attacked with quality time and again, Shillong have deserved the lead for implementing their tactics perfectly. Lajong have been solid in defence, keeping the likes of Juan Quero pretty quiet, and hit the Pune side on the counter. 

45+1- 2 minutes added on. Another handball in the same spot for Pritam Singh. This time he's yellow carded for the same. 

44- Bipin Singh beats a couple of men before releasing a shot from distance on the left. Simple catch for Paul though. At the other end, Seityasen's low cross ricochets off Narzary on to Kaith's greatful hands. 

42- A couple of petty fouls being committed in the last few minutes, with Lajong playing laregely on the counter, while stifling DSK's offensive forays .

39- DSK are given a handball this time; very close to the corner flag on the right. Free kick ends up being a waste, though. 

36- Lalmuanpuia makes a lightning run through DSK's midfield and looks to find Isaac but Paul comes and collects the through ball. 

34- Lalmuanpuia sees his shot from distance comfortably collected by Paul. 

33- Vociferous appeals from DSK for handball in the box but the referee waives play on. Shillong earn themselves a free kick on the counter. And, Subrata Paul gets a yellow for appealing too strongly for the earlier alleged handball.

31- Isaac intercepts McFaul's weak pass and goes for goal from distance. His effort goes over. 

30- DSK almost find a way in, but Pradhan fluffs his lines when in a position to cross. 

26- Pradhan smashes the bar! A rasping effort from Sanju Pradhan, cutting in from the right unfortunately bounces out off the bar. Seityasen's attempted follow up is then smuggled out. 

22- Some lovely footwork from Holicharan Narzary has the home fans singing his name, but McFaul is unable to guide the Number 11's cross. 

21- Lajong resolute in defence there, blocking multiple shots and crosses from the home side. 

19- Quero's cross is a comfortable collect for Kaith. 

18- DSK have been steady in possession since going behind but have failed to penetrate the Shillong midfield. 

14- GOALLLL!  Isaac is given space on the left, he uses it to set himself and finish excellently past a diving Subrata Paul. Lajong have the lead!

13- Both Seityasen and Narazary chase after a ball that would see them through on goal, but Kaith comes out well.

11- Sasha expertly halts some decent build up play between Rupert Nongrum and Lalmuanpuia

9- Finally some possession for Lajong as they look to build their first attack of the game. 

6- Free kick on the left swung in by Quero but Pritam smartly intercepts.

4- Quero releases Seityasen on the left and his low cross is almost met by Narzary on the run.

3- DSK have made a fast start here although Pradhan misses out an oppurtunity to swing a ball in. Goal kick.

2- Another cross in from Quero is met by Narzary's head but ball angles inches away from the corner. 

1- Lajong start us off here on a warm Saturday evening in Balewadi. Quero gets an early cross that's been cleared for a corner.

The players have made their way out and we're moments away from kick-off.

The pitch here at the Balewadi has lost some of its green, with brown patches seen over the pitch, especially on the left side. That is very much unlike the usual condition of the field here.

We're 10 minutes away from the I-League returning to Pune after a brilliant international weekend for Pune. The players have warmed up and are getting ready for what promises to be a fun game. 

06:30 pm: Hello and welcome to the I-League game between DSK Shivajians and Shillong Lajong  FC. This is your host Miqdad Haider Live from Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

DSK Shivajians put on a terrific performance in their last I-League fixture against Mumbai FC, as they thrashed their rivals 5-0. They'll look to continue this impressive form and give their supporters something more to cheer about when they face the attacking threat of Shilong Lajong and get a win which could see them climb further up the table.

Shilong Lajong were left frustrated when they drew to Churchill Brothers which ended their recent winning streak and they are now left to gun for the top three and finish in a respectable position this season. Lajong will look to put a halt to Shivajians momentum as they seek vengeance for the defeat earlier in the season.

The teams have been announced for the game, and here they are.

DSK Shivajians (4-4-1-1)

Paul (C), Chettri, Sasha, McFaul, Lalrinzuala(U-22), Pradhan, Mawihmingthanga(U-22), Milan Singh, Seityasen, Quero, Narzary

Bench: Ricky, Gouramangi, Chhangte, Das, Khawlhring, Sairuatkima, Bhumij

Shillong Lajong (4-3-3)

Kaith (GK), Tamang (C)(U-22), Nongrum(U-22), Shadap, Konsham, Lalmuanpuia, Dipanda Dicka, Issac(U-22), Pritam Singh(U-22), Yuta Kinowaki, Bipin Singh (U-22)

Bench: Nongbri (U-22), Lamare, Tlang (U-22), Deory (U-22), Ignat, Allen Lyngdoh (U-22), Lachenpa (U-22)

 

Published: Sat Apr 08, 2017 09:28 PM IST

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