2/7/2018 10:07:16 PM (GMT+3)

Minerva Punjab overcome Lajong in I-League

Minerva Punjab overcome Lajong in I-League

Chandigarh: Minerva Punjab defeated Shillong Lajong by 3-2 in the Hero I-league match here at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Wednesday.

Guy Dano opened the account while Bali Gagandeep bagged a brace for the host.

The Reds came back fighting in the second half with Goals from Daniel Odafin and Laurence Doe.

Minerva took the early lead in the fifth minute when Guy Dano took a half-volley inside the box to beat Lajong keeper Phurba Lachenpa. The visitors were struggling in the first half to break forward and lacked combination.

Minerva dominated the first half and had the majority of possession. They created a few good opportunities in the opponents half, but could not capitalise on them.

Eventually, Gagandeep doubled the lead in the extra time of first half after an assist by Chencho.

Lajong replaced Lalrohlua with Alen Deory at the start of the second half and the change made an impact as the Reds were attacking well right from the start of the second half.

Koffi had a chance in the 47th minute but somehow squandered the opportunity. The persistence paid off for the Reds in the 60th minute when Daniel Odafin picked the ball outside the box after a defensive clearance and shot it past the defenders and the keeper.