I-League: Mohun Bagan goes top after Lajong draw

Mohun Bagan and Shillong Lajong FC played out a 1-1 draw in a Hero I-league encounter that took place at the Barasat stadium here today.

Mohun Bagan striker Jeje Lalpekhlua celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Shillong Lajong.   -  I-League

Mohun Bagan and Shillong Lajong FC played out a 1-1 draw in a Hero I-league encounter that took place at the Barasat stadium here today.

Lajong youngster Chinglensana gave his team the lead in the first half and Jeje Lalpekhlua equalised in the second half for Mohun Bagan.

Shillong Lajong FC started off the first half very brightly and seemed to have come into this game with the intent to get nothing but three points. Lajong earned the first free kick of the match as early as the 4th minutes just a few yards outside the box. Uilliams lined it up for himself but his shot was ineffective as it did not clear the wall.

Lajong, who was the visiting team, played good football throughout the first half and held good possession of the ball. Midfielder Penn Orji had good opportunities to give his team the lead as he was presented with couple of good chances but his shot lacked accuracy.

The home team Mohun Bagan, who was almost non-existent in the first fifteen minutes of the match, started to create its own attacking play and began to threaten the Lajong defence.

There was a good pace to the match as both teams were attacking well. Uilliams was in good form and earned his team a corner after cutting in from the left and took a low shot but it was saved by the keeper. He took the subsequent corner in the 30th minute which was met by Aibor who headed it towards goal to find Chinglensana for an easy tap in goal.

Mohun Bagan tried to get back immediately, threatening with attack after attack. Lajong defended well and maintained its attacking style and held on to the one goal lead until the first half whistle was blown.

Mohun Bagan played a much improved half after the break. It was relentless in attack and finally got its reward in the 59th minute courtesy of a goal from Jeje.

The second half was a contrast to the first as Lajong had slowed down its momentum in the second half and was more defensive.

Mohun Bagan got an incredible chance to take the lead in the 79th minute as Balwant’s header hit the post but Lajong cleared the rebound. As the match progressed, Lajong replaced Jacob with Boithang and Zoding with Aiban Dohling who made his I-League debut today.

The home team looked more likely to score as it created more chances but Lajong was resolute in the defence and held on until the final whistle was blown.

Mohun Bagan is now top of the table with 15 points while Lajong is in sixth place with nine points from seven matches played.