Shillong, Oct 10: Nongrim Hills won their second match in a row by beating Laban 4-2 in the Shillong Premier League at the JN Stadium here today.
Batifar Swer headed in a cross in the 30th minute for the lead before Nikelson Bina doubled it in the 51st minute. Bankit Nongrum then made it 3-0 in the 62nd before Laban scored via an Asito Krose penalty in the 67th.
Pynshong Shadap reduced the margin further in the 85th though it might’ve been an own goal. Jeffree Surong, However, restored the two-goal margin for Nongrim with an 89th minute goal.
Laban had the best chance to start with when Krose’s free-kick in the 18th minute was saved by Nongrim goalkeeper Jessly Surong and Aplang Buam somehow struck the rebound wide.
Nongrim didn’t make their first attempt on goal until the 23rd minute but then had a few in the next few minutes.
In the 30th minute Swer headed in the cross after Bina had first struck the upright.
Five goals then followed in the second half, first with Bina finding the back of the net from outside the box. Swer then made a good run up the right and delivered an excellent cross into the box for Nongrum to tap the ball into the net.
Just when it looked like Nongrim were going to romp to victory, a penalty was awarded to Laban after a Nongrim defender fouled an opponent in the box and Krose converted. Laban pulled another goal back in the 85th through Shadap, whose low shot from distance clipped a Nongrim defender’s boot before going into the net.
Laban must have held some hope of getting at least a draw at this point, but a brilliant run and powerful shot by substitute Jeffree Surong saw Nongrim take the contest 4-2.
With back-to-back victories, Nongrim Hills have moved, in the space of two rounds, from bottom place to third in the standings. They are tied on eight points with Nangkiew Irat but in front on head-to-head. Laban stay at the bottom with four points.
Tomorrow Ryntih are scheduled to face Shillong Lajong at 3PM.
(TSR photo. Laban are in white, Nongrim Hills in yellow/black)