I-League: Shillong ends Neroca’s unbeaten run

Saihou Jagne and Abdoulaye Koffi struck to help Shillong Lajong beat Neroca 2-0 at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium on Wednesday. The loss brought Neroca’s nine-game unbeaten run to an end.

Action during an I-League fixture between Neroca and Shillong Lajong on Wednesday.   -  AIFF

Saihou Jagne and Abdoulaye Koffi struck to help Shillong Lajong beat NEROCA 2-0 at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium on Wednesday. The loss brought Neroca’s nine-game unbeaten run to an end.

Shambu Mishtry continued in between the sticks for NEROCA as Gift Raikhan set his team up to ensure that their unbeaten run stayed intact. Felix Chidi led the line and was flanked by Ronald Singh and an in-form Subash Singh.

Laurence Doe, Samuel Lalmuanpuoa, Daniel Odafin, Saihou Jagne and Abdoulaye Koffi all started for Lajong as Bobby Nongbet opted for a strong starting lineup to get back to winning ways.

Neroca started brightly and showed intent when Subash Singh outfoxed Laurence Doe before forcing Nidhin Lal to a very good save.

Jagne's first goal

However, it was Shillong Lajong which broke the deadlock in the 13th minute. Saihou Jagne opened his account in Hero I-League as he controlled a long ball from Rakesh Pradhan before slotting it past a helpless Mishtry to give his side a shocking lead.

The visitors struck another blow five minutes later through Abdoulaye Koffi. Novin Gurung’s cross was headed into the net by the Ivorian striker to double his side’s lead with a lot of the first-half left to play.

Shillong Lajong will now travel to Calicut to face Gokulam on Sunday. Neroca will lock horns against Minerva Punjab in a top-of-the-table clash in Hero I-League on Saturday.

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