Shillong Lajong start the match without Aibor Khongjee today, but Boithang returns, which sends Ailad to the right back position. Samson is the Captain for Shillong Lajong FC today. Churchill go in with pretty much a first choice line up, but Arindam Bhattacharya not playing due to lack of fitness, which means that Lalit Thapa will be in goal for the I-League champions. As the match starts Christmas Carols are being sung in the crowd! The holiday spirit is well and truly in the air! In the 29th minute Tuboi scores for Lajong sending the crowd into a frenzy. A cross from the right is chested into the air, and he makes a mockery of Naoba Singh and Rowilson, as he muscles past Naoba to get ahead of him and turn the ball home from close range! What a shocker for Churchill! Well Churchill did have their chances through the match the best being the penalty given to them by Lajong but it was Gumpe’s day as he saves the penalty taken by Odafa. Gumpe the hero, Odafa left distraught.
90+4 minutes and LAJONG HAVE DONE IT! The fans are going ballistic, as David has slain Goliath once again! Tuboi’s goal in the first half was enough, as Lajong held on bravely throughout the game to make the final in their first ever Federation Cup campaign! Lajong outplayed Churchill on the day. The entire squad has gathered around in a circle, holding hands aloft, saying a silent prayer. This is Indian football’s victory, a victory for the Northeast and not just Lajong’s.
They await the winner of the Kolkata derby in the final now to be played on the 3rd of January 2010.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
Final Score: Churchill Brothers 0 Shillong Lajong FC 1.
Goal: Seikhohao Tuboi ( 29”)