I-League: Super-sub Brandon wins it for Aizawl

Aizawl FC came back to winning ways in the Hero I-League as it garnered a 1-0 win over DSK Shivajians, thanks to a late goal from Brandon, who came on from the bench at the stroke of the hour mark.

Aizawl registered its fourth win of the season under Khalid Jamil and takes its points tally to 13.   -  aiff

Aizawl FC came back to winning ways in the Hero I-League as it garnered a 1-0 win over DSK Shivajians, thanks to a late goal from Brandon, who came on from the bench at the stroke of the hour mark.

Prior to the match, both sides had played five matches each, with Aizawl was third in the table with 10 points while DSK Shivajians FC was seventh, with one win to its credit.

Though both the sides wanted to walk away with points, that did not really translate across in the match. In the fifth minute, DSK Shivajians was awarded a free-kick from 40 yards, but that did not turn out to be a success.

A couple of minutes later, Ashutosh Mehta released R. Laldanmawia with a through ballbut he failed to find the back of the net, with his shot going haywire. Ashutosh’s striking cross also got blocked by the away defence a minute later.

Aizawl FC defender Lalruatthara’s spectacular shot from the right flank also missed the target, and Aizawl FC had to lose Al-Amna when he got injured after 15 minutes.

DSK Shivajians also continued with its attempts in the attacking third, but its corner kick taken by striker Lallianzuala flew over the bar.

In spite of the moves made by both sides to change the scoreline in their favour, the first half did not display any dangerous goal attempts as it ended goalless.

The second half did not offer much goal mouth action either and was concentrated in the midfield for the majority of the half. In the 79th minute, Seita Singh’s dramatic effort to score was brilliantly blocked by goalkeeper Poirei for DSK Shivajians.

The home side increasingly became more fluent in the attacking third as the match neared its end. In the 83rd minute, Brandon Vanlalremdika received H. Lalmuankima’s cross from the left flank but failed to convert the ball.

Finally, the super-sub Brandon converted the half-chance as Aizawl registered its fourth win of the season under Khalid Jamil.

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