Shillong: A solitary goal from the Brazilin forward Uilliams Souza in the early second half proved to be the difference between the teams as Shillong Lajong registered their first win against Sporting Clube de Goa in recent times.
The first half saw more of Sporting as they clearly kept the highlanders on their toes with some good attacking football. Odafa Okolie, Densill Theobald and Nicholas Fernandes combined well creating some good chances but failed to convert any. Loveday Enyinnaya definitely had a mix of good and average spells as he marshalled the Oranje defense with some smart reading and cleaver tackles. However the first half saw a lot of Penn Orji for Shillong as he was clearly creating some trouble for the Sporting defense.
Sporting’s best chance of the game came early in the 22nd minute when Fulganco managed to send in a perfect free kick with only a touch required to put it past the nets, Rowllin Borges who found himself in a perfect position could only manage to head it onto the woodwork. Post this Sporting tried to pull out some long range efforts but couldn’t direct any. Shillong too had their moment when Fabio Henrique got in a dangerous position but the resulting shot went wide of the target. The match was a stalemate at halftime.
Crossing over Shillong side got straight into business as they made some good advances through either flanks. However Sporting enjoyed the first chance of the second half as Odafa Okolie made a fantastic effort but send the ball high into the skies. The highlanders maintained the pressure which paid off in the 59th minute. The match saw fractions of brilliance from both sides. Fabio of Shillong came straight against Arandim while firing a shot from point blank range. The Flaming Oranje custodian made an outstanding save but the ball rolled onto the feet of Uilliams Souza who was lurking inside the box smartly making no mistakes to give the Shillong side the lead. Form here it was all defence for the highlanders as they stayed deep in their half not giving Sporting forwards any room to operate.
The Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa brought in his go to man from Goa Pro League Ganesh Thakur for Glan while deploying Marcus Mascarenhas in place of a tired Nicholas, but nothing could stop the highlanders from running away with three points. Both teams came up with a couple of chances towards the dying moments of the match but couldn’t convert any. As it stands Sporting drops one place to sixth while Shillong climb to fifth spot in the table.