In what was an evenly contested match played at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Cifford Miranda scored the only goal of the match in the 45th minute via a set piece and gave his team the crucial lead.
Shillong Lajong FC Head Coach, Desmond Bulpin said that, the boys were fantastic and gave a very good performance. “We were much stronger than our opponents and the boys were fighting till the last minute.
Shillong Lajong FC came close and could have taken the lead, when Ebi Sukore hit the woodwork in the initial stages of the first half. But unfortunately, Dempo got a free kick, and Clifford Miranda converted in the 45th minute”, he added.
Lalrinzuala Khiangte who is just 18 years of age, from the Shillong Lajong FC Academy, made his debut today, playing his first competitive football and Desmond Bulpin praised his performace by saying that, “ He was excellent and deserved to play along with his seniors today.”
With this win, Dempo SC, the Champions of The I-League 2011-12 season, is at the top of the Group A table with 4 points and they take on Mumbai FC on Sunday.
Shillong Lajong FC is in the second position with 3 points and will play their third match against Pailan Arrows on Sunday.
Pailan Arrows is in the third position of Group A table, after they drew 2-2, with Mumbai FC, at the Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur, on Friday.