Category: Shillong Premier League

Lajong rout Sawmer Sports Club 5-1 to begin SPL campaign

Shillong Lajong won their first game against Sawmer Sports Club by 5-1 in what was an exciting encounter of the Shillong Premier League at the JN Stadium Shillong today.

Lajong broke the deadlock early in the 6th minute after centre back Kenstar Kharshong’s header was on target and entered the back of the net.

The second goal came from Lajong Captain, Sheen Sohktung in the 20th minute from inside the box and it sailed to the bottom right corner of the net.

Sawmer managed to pull one back after they were awarded a penalty and it was Rheadulf Nongneng who converted from the spot in the 67th minute.

Phrangki Buam then netted Shillong Lajong’s third goal from inside the box and this gave the Lajong boys that added advantage in the game.

Lajong were then on the counter in the 88th minute and this time it was Mahesh from the left wing making a brilliant run and slotted the ball past the keeper.

Phrangki Buam eventually scored his second goal and Lajong’s fifth in the 90+2 minute of the match.

Shillong Lajong will play their next match on the 9th of August against Meghalaya Police.

Lajong to open Shillong Premier League campaign against Sawmer Sports Club

Shillong: A fresh & young side, Shillong Lajong is all set and ready to face off the newly promoted club Sawmer SC in their first match of the Shillong Premier League Super Division on 4th August at the JN Stadium in Shillong at 4PM.

Lajong were eyeing on a fourth consecutive Shillong Premier League Title last season and finished as the third best at the end of the league stage with 24 points. They met Malki SC in the first semi-finals on 4th December and won the match by 6-5 after the game went to penalty shoot-out. Lajong were to face off Langsning on the 7th of December in the second semi-finals clash but had to pull out from the tournament as the team departed for Kolkata on the very same day to play three consecutive I-League away matches.

The Reds are keeping all that behind now and have built a strong team for the new season which is a combination of the U-18 Youth League Champions and some of the youngsters from the I-League side. The likes of Redeem Tlang, Shaiborlang Kharpan and Alen Deory who were the senior players last season, have been signed by ISL Clubs.

Nevertheless, the younger generation players have been preparing rigorously for the new SPL season under the watchful eyes of Coach Alison Kharsyntiew and team manager Birendra Thapa.

Coach Alison Kharsyntiew said, “We have two objectives that we want to achieve on Saturday. First is team combination and second is the fitness of the team.”

“This year we have a very young team with only three or four senior players who are all under 22. We have been working very hard. The players are focused and hungry to perform in every game.”

“Sawmer is a good team. They have good players. They will come all out against us. We need to be ready for that. It’s going to be an exciting match.”

He further added, “SPL is going to be a good platform for our young players to get exposure. We will try to give a good performance in every game and hopefully win the cup this year.”

Sawmer Sports Club and Nangkiew Irat were promoted to the Super Division of the Shillong Premier League 2018 season.

Lajong open SPL campaign with MLP draw

SHILLONG: Shillong Lajong and MLP Football Team played a 1-1 draw today at the JN Stadium Shillong. Today’s game was the first encounter for both teams in the new season of the Shillong Premier League.

The first half saw some good attacking display by both sides but neither side was able to break the deadlock.

Shillong Lajong came very close to open their account in the 5th minute as they were awarded with a free kick. Samuela stepped up to shoot but his shot went just over the crossbar.

Redeem Tlang almost gave Lajong the lead in the 12th minute but the Captain was not lucky enough as his shot also went over the crossbar.

MLP were looking very dangerous on few occasions today, but they lacked the finishing touch. They got a good opportunity to take the lead in the 28th minute of the game in front of goal but were not able to convert.

Just before the end of first half, Allen Lyngdoh made a good run on the left and provided a good cross to Redeem Tlang but the latter’s header from inside the box went straight to the MLP keeper’s hands.

After the lemon break and with some good pep talk by their head coach, Alison Kharsyntiew, the Reds looked more focused and confident on the pitch. It did not take much time for them to get on the score sheet as Samuel Lalmuanpuia scored a powerful screamer from outside the box in the 46th minute. Shillong Lajong youngsters gained more confidence from the the lead and started to combine well with each other and were more fluid in their offensive play.

Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as a mistake in the Lajong defence resulted in an own goal in the 53rd minute. However, that did not stop the Young Reds as they continued to push forward and added some pressure on MLP. In the 71st minute, Redeem chipped the ball from close range but was just unlucky as it hit the post.

MLP could have upset the defending champions today if they had more composure in front of goal. In spite of numerous opportunities for both sides, the game ended with the scores level at one all.

Shillong Lajong will play their next match of the SPL 2017 against Boys Sports on 17th August at the JN Stadium at 3:45PM.

Defending champions Lajong ready for new season

Shillong: Shillong Premier League defending champions, Shillong Lajong FC will return to action in Meghalaya’s top football competition on 7th August as they take on MLP Football Team at the JN Stadium Shillong at 3:45PM.

Shillong Lajong met Rangdajied in the finals last year and won the championship by 3-2 with goals from Alen Deory and a brace from Lalrammuana.

MLP Football Team finished 5th last season with 18 points. They scored 27 goals in total but conceded 21. While, Shillong Lajong dominated the league stage and were at the top of table with 33 points, scoring the same amount of goals just like MLP, which was also the highest number of goals scored by any team in the league last season and the Reds conceded 10 goals.

Shillong Lajong did a double over MLP last season winning the first as well as the second leg by the score line 1-0 and 4-2 respectively.

The reigning champions this season will heavily rely on their younger players, having sold many experienced players to ISL Teams. Nevertheless, the group of young talented players have been hard at work during the pre-season are confident to start the new season campaign on a positive note.

Shillong Lajong Youth Coach and I-League assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew who took the team to Shillong Premier League Glory in 2014 will be the coach in charge for the new season.

Speaking to Alison ahead of the opening game, he said, “The preparation for the new season has been good and the current team is a mixture of senior as well as junior players. They are ready for the challenge.”

“Our first game versus MLP on Monday is very important. We should win the match and get three points as that will build up the confidence for the team. We are expecting a good result and a good performance individually and collectively from the team.”

“Being the defending champions for three years is a good record for the team and we must maintain the consistency, retain the title and hopefully make it to the fourth year as the champions.”










Shillong Lajong are the 2016 Shillong Premier League champions


Shillong 9th November: Shillong Lajong FC emerged as the champions of the Gionee Shillong Premier League 2016 after defeating Rangdajied United FC by 3-2 in what was a thrilling grand finale held at the JN Stadium Shillong on Wednesday evening.

The Reds are now Meghalaya’s best team for three consecutive years, after winning the championship in the 2014, 2015 and now the 2016 edition.

Shillong Lajong FC who dominated the top spot throughout the league stage fought very hard to defend the title in the grand finale against Rangdajied United and scored three goals in today’s game with a brace from Lalrammuana and one goal by super sub Alen Deory.

Thangboi Singto’s boys started the game with confidence and looked very calm and composed. Although it took time for the Reds to settle in the match, they looked very dangerous in front of goal and were threatening their opponent’s half continuously. After all the attacks in front, they finally opened the account and took the lead in the 22nd minute of the match when Isaac Vanmalsawma’s free kick was not cleared by the Rangdajied defence and it was met by Lalrammuana for an easy tap into the net.

After conceding the goal, the RUFC players started to make some better moves up front and managed to earn their first corner in the 30th minute of the game but nothing productive came out of it. Then in the 41st minute, their foreign recruit James Moga tried a long ranger but it went wide of the left post.

Shillong Lajong FC went into the break with a 1-0 lead against Rangdajied United FC.

After the break, Rangdajied United FC levelled the score line with the goal from James Moga in the 46th minute of the match. The Lajong keeper received a back pass from his team mate but then he slipped near the right post and Moga was quick to take advantage of his slip as the ball made one bounce for him to easily head it into the net.

From here on the game got very exciting as the pressure started to build up and Lajong knew they had to continue their attacking display in order to come with another goal.

In the 53rd minute, Lajong youngsters came very close to regain their lead. Bipin Singh made a good run inside the box and then crossed the ball to find Samuela but the latter’s shot went straight to the Rangdajied keeper.

Lajong Head Coach, Thangboi Singto, made a quick substitution in the 61st minute and brought on Alen Deory for Samuela.

Alen then entered the pitch when Lajong were awarded a free kick from the referee. Barely three seconds on, Alen Deory converted to help his team restore the lead. Lajong were then leading by 2-1.

But just seven minutes later, the Blues cancelled Lajong’s lead once again to level the score at 2-2. Debin Roy Shangprung with the goal this time.

Today’s game truly got the spectators on the edge of their seats as everyone was eager to witness the winning goal.

Then two minutes later, it was Shillong Lajong FC’s top goal scorer this season, Lalrammuana who netted the winning goal in the 70th minute. Isaac’s diagonal ball from the centre half found Redeem on the right wing, who controlled the ball very well to lay it across goal for Lalrammuana for an easy tap in, in the 70th minute.

Rangadjied tried hard to level the score line again but could not penetrate the Lajong defence. The referee eventually blew the final whistle in the end and Lajong won the Gionee Shillong Premier League for the third consecutive year.

Lajong beat Royal Wahingdoh to enter finals of Shillong Premier League


Shillong 4th November: Shillong Lajong FC defeated Royal Wahingdoh FC by 1-0 in the second semi-finals of the Shillong Premier League at the JN Stadium Shillong on Friday.

The defending champions ended the league stage at the top of the table with 33 points and deservedly advanced to the finals of Meghalaya’s top football competition, the Gionee Shillong Premier League after winning the second semifinals match today. They will face off Rangdajied United FC in the grand finale on November 9.

In today’s match, Lajong displayed a very strong performance and were pushing forward right from the start. They won the first corner in the 7th minute but the Wahingdoh defence did well to deny them an early lead in the game.

The Reds who were combining very well with each other, came very close to take the lead in the 15th minute of the game. Bipin Singh made a good run inside the box but the Wahingdoh defence came in the way to block his shot and cleared the ball for a corner.

The game started to get very exciting as both teams were fighting very hard to find the first goal of the match. In the 17th minute, Beekay’s powerful shot was punched away by the Lajong custodian , Phurba.

Then in the very next minute, Lajong’s Alen Deory, made a very good run inside the box and tried to dribble past the Wahingdoh defence but was heavily tacked by the men in yellow.

Redeem Tlang was then fed with a good ball outside the box but his shot went over the crossbar in the 35th minute. Lajong were looking very dangerous and had many chances in front of goal.

They continued to press forward and were trying very hard to break the deadlock.

Finally their efforts were rewarded when Pritam delivered a wonderful ball to find Redeem Tlang who made a good run inside the box and beat the Waingdoh defence to find the back of the net in the 45th minute of the game.

Lajong went into the break with a 1-0 lead against Royal Wahingdoh FC.

After the break, Lajong got a free kick in the 47th minute but Jacob’s shot went straight to the keeper. Lajong looked even more energetic in the second session and were combining exceptionally well with each other. They got another free kick in the 48th minute but Isaac’s shot was punched away by the Wahingdoh keeper.

Royal Wahingdoh FC got a free kick just at the edge of the box in the 70th minute and Beekay shoots to the top left corner but the Lajong custodian did well as he saved the ball from entering the back of the net and denied Wahingdoh the equaliser.

In the 74th minute, Lajong also got another free kick but Isaac’s shot was headed away by the defence.

As the game was heading to full time, Royal Wahingdoh FC got a free kick in the 90+ minute, but their foreign recruit, Bekay’s shot went wide.

The referee blew his final whistle and Lajong won the match by one goal to nil.

Shillong Lajong FC who won the Shillong Premier League last year against Royal Wahingdoh FC will look to deliver another top notch performance in the grand finale of the Gionee Shillong Premier League against Rangdajied United FC on November 9.

Bansharai Sun, James Moga ran riot in Rangdajied’s 9-2 win over Nongkrem


SHILLONG: Bansharai Sun and James Moga ran riot in Rangdajied’s 9-2 win over Nongkrem in the Shillong Premier League, here at J N sports complex, Polo, Shillong.

Nongkrem were left chasing ghost in a fixture completely owned by Rangdajied United, it was another dismal performance by Nongkrem as they add one more match to their tally of winless streak.

The clash was no more a contest and more of damage limitation for Nongkrem, when Rangdajied moved forward with pace, tearing their defense apart to score four goals in the opening session, and gave them a nightmare by scoring another five after the break.

Being the captain, Bansharai Sun led the way in Rangdajied’s impressive display against Nongkrem by striking the first one for his team on the 19th minute, and made it hat trick by netting another three on the 69th, 84th, 87th minute of the second half, he displayed a brilliant performance and was in the heart of the action. James Moga too did not miss the opportunity as he found his hat-trick, scoring back to back on the 30th and 34th minute, added one more when the second half unfolded. Nadong Bhutia and Khwetelhi Thopi made it worse for Nongkrem as they too found the nets on the 28th and 89th minute respectively.

In a match outclassed by Rangdajied, Nongkrem could muster only two goals, the first one in the opening half by Gameliel Lyngdoh on the 44th minute, and the second one just seconds before whistle by Nangsei L Nongbri.

Rangdajied’s added another three to their tally making it 25 from 12 matches after this emphatic triumph, whereas, for Nongkrem,  this is the 12th time they have conceded and are yet to register a point; they have cemented their place in the relegation spot and it would be great to see them fighting for some consolation in their upcoming fixtures.

Lajong extend Shillong Premier League lead with win over Royal Wahingdoh


Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC displayed a strong performance to beat Royal Wahingdoh FC 2-0 in the Shillong Premier League encounter at the JN Stadium Shillong today.

The clash between two heavyweights witnessed some vibrant attacking display and defensive resilience. In the opening exchanges, both the sides had their chances to go infront, but none of it troubled the caretakers. Finally in the 23rd minute Lalrammuana broke the deadlock via a penalty, courtesy Sonam Sherpa’s handball.

On conceding, Royals stepped up their game and launched a series of dangerous attack, Tajuddin had a shot but it went crashing onto the side nets following a slick move down the right flank, Royals consistent threat saw Lajong move into defensive mode and denying attempts to take free flow shot towards their goal. First half ended with Royals trailing by a goal.

Lajong’s lightning start in the second session saw Lalrammuana forced his way into the box and fired a shot home after a beautiful cross made by Bipin, and making 2-0 in the 47th minute, they were firmly on top as they continue to build up their momentum and Royals had no answer to their onslaught. Even though, Royals’ performance was filled with athleticism, skill and energy but they lacked precision on their final touch. Lajong had many chances to add to their lead but Lalrammuana double was enough to see them home.

After this victory, Lajong strengthens its position on top with 26 points from 11 matches, While Royal Wahingdoh has move down to 3 spot with 21 points from 12.

Rangdajied, Langsning share spoils in SPL

Shillong: Rangdajied United FC and Langsning FC shared the spoils, as they battled out a goalless draw in the Shillong Premier League here at JNL Sports Complex, Polo on Friday.

The clash between Langsning and Rangdajied did not turn out as anticipated; Rangdajied enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession but rarely troubled Langsning’s caretaker. Despite dominant display, Rangdajied had less space against well-organised Langsning’s defense. They did have a real chance to break the deadlock on the 30th minute, when Nadong Bhutia struck the ball from inside the box, but Langsning’s custodian pulled off a wonderful save to keep out the shot. The pattern of play continued till the end of first half and was less entertaining.

The second half progressed in the same disappointing, uneventful as the first as the teams cancelled each other out to provide no excitement. Langsning looked promising but lacked in attack against disciplined Rangdajied stronghold.

Overall, it was a match where both teams looked toothless and hardly threatened each other’s end.  Rangdajied failed to replicate their previous match sublime display and would have won the match if their finishing had been more clinical. Even though Langsning were less impressive and overshadowed, but were successful in keeping their defensive structure firm, hence denying their opponents any breakthrough.

With this draw Rangdajied now has 22 points from 11 encounters and moves to second spot, Whereas, Langsning makes it 20 points from their 12 encounters. Tomorrow’s match will be between the league’s heavy weights Shillong Lajong FC and Royal Wahingdoh FC.

Royal Wahingdoh down Malki SC 3-1 in Shillong Premier League


Shillong: Royal Wahingdoh produced yet was another superb performance to thrash Malki SC 3-1, in the Shillong Premier League here today at JLN Sports Complex, Polo.

The Royals made an ideal start; they stormed out of the blocks with two goals in the opening half. They frustrated Malki with an energetic display and exploited their vulnerable defense, when Rungsing Muinao firmly struck the first goal on the 14th minute from the edge of the box, and two minutes later Andy Mawthoh added another one with a clinical shot from inside the 18 yard box.

Wahingdoh continued their aggressive attack, pressing high with plenty of possession; both the scorers Rungsing and Andy had their chances on the 33rd and 38th minute respectively, to add to Malki’s misery but could not make the chances count.  Malki defensively were at sixes and sevens, they clearly lacked confidence in their attack with most of their shot flying off the target, and rarely threatened Wahingdoh’s custodian.

After the break, the struggling Malki’s side got themselves back into the contest, as they pulled one back on the 54th minute, after they were awarded a free kick for a needless tackle made by Wahingdoh’s defender, which Marlangki Suting headed it home. On reducing the deficit, Malki did gain some momentum, and pushed hard to find the equalizer, but could not make any progress against firmly cemented Royal defense.

In turn, Malki had to face ruthless Wahingdoh counter attack, as they poured forward with typical pace and fluidity and on the 75th minute the game was effectively over as a contest, when Kitboklang Pale sealed the match by netting Wahingdoh’s third goal.

With this victory, Royal Wahingdoh moves up to 2nd spot with 21 points, While Malki hovering just above the relegation zone with 14 points.