Lajong Vs Viva Kerela
Seal place in the finals of E K Nayanar Gold Cup
Viva Kerala 0-2 Shillong Lajong (Jawahar Municipal Stadium, Kannur)
GOALS: 0-1,0-2 Anil Gurung (34′,85′)
MAN OF THE MATCH: R Lalthummawaia (Shillong Lajong)
Lajong beat Viva Kerala 2-0 to seal their place in the finals of E K Nayanar Gold Cup. It was a brace from the Nepal striker Anil Gurung that helped the North East Club to make their second successive final entry in a major tournament.
The match started off well for Viva Kerala as they had the early possession of the ball. Reuben Senyo and Shibinlal missed two close chances for the home team and then against the run of play Lajong took the lead. It was a cross from the midfielder Niwan-O-Gatoph from the right which was headed by Anil Gurung and the keeper Sarath saved it but the rebound was tapped in by the striker.
Viva Kerala dominated the second half and did put the back four of Lajong under pressure. The left midfielder Sirajuddeen saw his shot on goal saved by Lalthummawaia and M P Sakeer’s long ranger striked the post and went out. Then Lajong added the second from a counter attack as Roming Thanga dribbled past Viva Kerala defenders and gave the ball to Gurung who netted in his third goal of the tournament.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
Stanley Rozario was jubilant after his team sealed their place in the finals of the tournament and believes they can win the final. ”It was a great performance from the boys as beating Viva Kerala at home is always a difficult task. The boys are very much confident and inspired and we are hopeful of winning the championship”
The goan was delighted with the 19 year old keeper Lalthummawaia’s performance in the tournament.” He is a very young keeper and was outstanding in the last match against Pune FC and repeated the same performance today”, he added.