DSK Shivajians cancels out Lajong’s lead to make it 1-1 today at the Balewadi Stadium Pune in the Hero I-League encounter.
Thangboi Singto made two changes to the starting line up from the previous match as Boithang Haokip played midfield in place of Jacob while youngster Samuel Lalmuanpuia came in place of Fabio Henrique.
Lajong were quick to take the lead in the 3rd minute when Uilliams received the ball outside the box from Penn Orji and turned the defender to place the ball past the keeper low towards the side netting. It was a brilliant start for Lajong who were the visiting team. Uilliams could have scored a hat trick as he was provided couple of great opportunities in front of goal within 5 minutes after the first goal was scored. DSK Shivajans started to find some rhythm in the match and were keeping possession of the ball with a slow and steady pace. The home team attacked Lajong and were controlling majority of the game as the match progressed. Lajong defended well and were attacking DSK on the counter with good pace from midfield to the forwards. The visiting team were dangerous on the counter but did not manage to convert their chances. DSK meanwhile had more chances at goal but most of their chances were ineffective as Lajong’s Keeper Vishal Kaith marshalled his box with the help of his two Centre backs; Aibor and Sana who kept the strikers at bay.
Samuela who made his I-League debut for Lajong today had a great chance to double the lead in the 35th minute from a corner taken by Uilliams but the youngster who was not marked on far post, could not stretch his foot further for a tap in goal. DSK threatened the Lajong defence on numerous occasions in the first half but did not manage to equalise in the first half.
Lajong replaced Samuel Lalmuanpuia with midfielder Jacob at the start of second half. DSK showed more urgency than the first half as they pressed towards the Lajong half and applied a lot of pressure on Lajong. DSK created a lot of opportunities from the left wing courtesy Sena Ralte and Baljit Sahini. DSK almost equalised in the 57th minute when a free kick taken from the left was met by a header which hit the cross bar and eventually cleared by the defence. The attacking play by DSK was finally rewarded in the 61st minute after a cross from the left by Ralte was headed towards goal by Dipanda Dica for the equaliser.
The game picked up momentum after the equaliser by DSK as both teams were in attacking mode. Lajong started to press a lot more quicker towards the opponent half but could not threaten the defenders too much. Towards the last quarter of the match, both teams worked hard in both attack and defence.
In the end, both teams had to settle for a draw after failing to find the winning goal in the second half. With this draw, Lajong are in the 5th position with 10 points from 8 matches played while DSK are at the bottom with just 5 points. Lajong will travel back home after playing 4 consecutive away matches and host DSK in the reverse fixture on the 26th of February in Shillong.