Shillong, Feb 12: Shillong Lajong FC trounced Harisinga Town Club 6-1 in Group C of the All India Football Federation’s U-17 Youth League at First Ground, Polo, here today.
Fabrizio Bakynsai Majaw (7′) gave the home side the lead but this was cancelled out a mere two minutes later by Chandan Boro (9′).
Lajong, though, were able to go into the break with the edge again after Yohaan Benjamin netted the first of his goals today in the 43rd minute.
2-1 was how it stayed until a manic last few minutes that saw as many as four goals scored.
First up was Banlamkupar Rynjah (83′), followed by Yohaan again (85′), Banlamkupar again (88′) and finally Ricky Kharkongor (90’+4) to make it a grandstand finish.
Lajong had lost to Harisinga in the reverse fixture in Kokrajhar on 2nd February but were able to turn things around in style today.
SLFC are now third with one group game to go. After seven matches played, Lajong have 11 points, tied with second-placed Aizawl FC but well behind leaders Football 4 Change Academy of Manipur, who have 16 points. The battle is thus only for second place, with NorthEast United (currently on 9 points) also in the mix.
Harisinga played their final match today and will end the competition at the bottom of the group with 3 points.
The last matches will be held on Wednesday. Lajong will take on Aizawl at First Ground and NEUFC will be up against F4CA at Third Ground, with both fixtures kicking off at 2PM.
(Shillong Lajong FC photo)