Shillong, May 11: Shillong Lajong FC took a small step towards requalifying for the I-League by playing out a 0-0 draw against Delhi FC in their final round match of the All India Football Federation’s Second Division League in Chandigarh today.
Lajong had defeated United SC of Kolkata in their final round opener at home on Saturday while Delhi had gone down to FC Bengaluru United away 1-0 that same day.
The other fixture today saw Ambernath United, who were playing their first game of the final round, edge FC Bengaluru United 1-0 in Mumbai.
Lajong coach Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet retained the exact same starting line-up from the win against United. In the opposition XI was a familiar face in Kitboklang Khyriem, a former Lajong youth player.
However, neither side were able to break the deadlock and the full 90 minutes ended goalless. Nevertheless, the point on the road means that Lajong now have 4 and maintain their lead in the final round.
Only the top two clubs after the single leg round robin action is complete will gain promotion to next season’s I-League.
SLFC’s next fixture is scheduled for 16th May against Ambernath United in Mumbai.
Lajong’s squad today: Bishal Lama (GK), Henry Ford Nongneng, Ronney Wilson Kharbudon (sub Sambor Kharsahnoh 57′), Saveme Tariang, Everbrightson Mylliempdah (sub Iohborlang Lyngdoh Lyngkhoi 75′), Hardy Cliff Nongbri, Ronaldkydon Lyngdoh Nonglait, Wadajied Kynsai Ryngkhlem (sub Pynche Tyngkan 75′), Sangti Janai Shianglong, Atlanson Kharmaw, Figo Syndai (sub Hamedamanbha Wahlang 48′)
(TSR file photo)