I-League: Jobby Justin brace gets East Bengal comfortable win over Shillong Lajong

first_imgEast Bengal registered their second straight victory at the start of the I-League 2018-19 season as they beat Shillong Lajong 3-1 at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Shillong on Thursday.At the back of a first half brace by Kerala striker Jobby Justin, East Bengal went into the half time with a 2-0 lead. Lajong struck back through left wing-back Rakesh Pradhan but Bidyasagar Singh scored another for East Bengal to bring up a comfortable victory.With the win, East Bengal jumped to the top of the table with six points from two matches while Lajong remained on fourth, having won their opener against Aizawl to bag three points.Lajong’s football remained attractive, dominating and flowing, but the inexperience of having nine under-22 players in their eleven showed up eventually.Full-Time Score: @lajongfc 1-3 @eastbengalfcAnother win in another away outing. The #QEBFC boys put up a clinical performance to secure the three points today.#LoveEastBengal #HeroILeague #LAJQEB #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/eHbgjPyMwHQuess East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) November 1, 2018Lajong coach Alison Kharsyntiew began with an unchanged starting XI while East Bengal’s Spanish coach Alejandro Menendez Garcia chose to begin with Brandon Vanlalremdika in midfield in place of Yomi Longwah, who had started in their opening encounter.Lajong were on the attack from the outset but they were unlucky to not get the first goal. Captain Samuel Lalmuanpuia’s super strike off a free-kick from outside the box hit the East Bengal woodwork even as goalkeeper Rakshit Dagar soundly beaten.advertisementThen quite against the run of play, it was East Bengal who took an early lead. From Lalrindika Ralte’s left-footed free-kick, Kerala frontman Justin leapt up to connect with a perfectly placed and timed header, which beat Neithovilie Chalieu in the Lajong goal.Also read – I-League: Real Kashmir beat Minerva Punjab on debut, Gokulam hold NEROCA to drawThe goal spurred the Lajong boys even further and they put the East Bengal side under sustained pressure with a wave of attacks. Samuel Lyngdoh’s crisp strike from 25 yards out in the 23rd minute was eventually blocked by Dagar while captain Lalmuanpuia’s punch after Kamalpreet had given the ball away inside the East Bengal half, fail to find the mark. There was a spell when Lajong forced three corners in the space of 15 minutes but could not find the equaliser.It was then in the 41st minute when Justin doubled East Bengal’s lead from a counter attack. Mexican Enrique Esqueda who had a relatively quiet game, entered the box and his attempted cross hit a Lajong defender and looped up into the box. Justin rose first to head the ball down and it deflected off a Lajong defender towards Esqueda again. Esqueda promptly lobbed back to Justin, whose volley then beat Neitho on the bounce.Also read – I-League: Enrique Esqueda double gives East Bengal easy win over NEROCAAfter the break, Lajong carried on with their attacking forays with Samuel Lyngdoh being their most creative one and the most wasteful one in front of the goal. In between, East Bengal missed a couple of chances through Brandon and Laldanmawia Ralte.In the 71st minute, Lajong got a goal back when the tireless left wing-back Rakesh Pradhan rose to connect with a perfect header off a Hnamte corner. Lajong’s joy was shortlived though as East Bengal struck again a couple of minutes later through substitute Bidyasagar Singh.#Lajong was handed their first defeat in the @ILeagueOfficial 2018/19 by @eastbengalfc as the visitors won by 1-3. The match was held at the JN Stadium in Shillong.Rakesh Prahdan scored the lone goal for Lajong in the 71′.Report: https://t.co/W00Fr8FSLJ pic.twitter.com/DrXk25FvSEShillong Lajong FC (@lajongfc) November 1, 2018Lajong’s Dameki, who had come on just before the Lajong corner which led to their goal, blundered with a back pass inside his own half. Bidyasagar latched on to the ball and unleashed a run towards the box in the clear. Once inside, he opened up his body and with a sublime right-footed curler, beat Neitho to find the back of the net.Later on, Samuel Lyngdoh’s freakish shot from distance was tipped by Dagar and it touched the East Bengal crossbar to go out for a corner.Alison even brought on Bonison to replace Hnamte in the 91st minute, but it was East Bengal’s day and they left the field with full three points. Churchill Brothers, Chennai City FC play out 2-2 drawChurchill Brothers held hosts Chennai City FC to a 2-2 draw at Coimbatore’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, to remain unbeaten in both their opening games on the road.advertisementThe result meant that Quess East Bengal (QEB) are seated firmly on top of the league standings after their second successive victory against Shillong Lajong earlier in the day.Spaniard Nestor Jesus opened the scoring for the home team as early as the ninth minute, before Serbian defender Nenad Novakovic equalised in the second half. Israil Gurung then put the Goa side ahead, taking advantage of a goalkeeping error only for Chennai’s second Spanish midfielder Sandro to draw level soon after.last_img read more