Shillong Premier League 2023: Rangdajied end week with victory over Lajong

Shillong, Apr 13: Rangdajied United FC ended the week on top of the Shillong Premier League 2023 standings with a 2-1 victory over Shillong Lajong FC at the SSA Stadium at First Ground, Polo, here on Saturday.
Captain Arlangky Nongsiej (18’P) and Ksankupar Khongmalai (79′) scored for Rangdajied and Deibormame Tongper (25′) for Lajong. However, SLFC will rue a missed penalty in the seventh minute by their skipper Gladdy Kharbuli.
Both clubs had won all three of their previous matches, so RUFC have extended their run to four in a row, while Lajong have tasted defeat for the first time this season.
It was a foul on Istar Marngar that gave Lajong the early opportunity but Gladdy’s shot was punched away by Rangdajied goalkeeper Banshanskhem Kharsyntiew, who had a good day between the sticks.
Exactly 10 minutes later, and at the other end of the pitch, a similar foul committed on Ieitlang Syiemlieh gave Rangdajied a penalty of their own, which defender Arlangky-Lajong keeper Haokip converted guessed the wrong way and the ball flew into the net.
Unfortunately, Arlangky had to be stretchered off in the second half after a heavy collision with an opponent while going for the ball and he played no further part in the match.
RUFC’s lead did not last long, however, as Deibormame (SPL 2023’s top scorer with 7 goals now) found the equaliser with a left-footer following on from a pass by Babysunday Marngar.
Deibor and Rangdajied’s Stephan Pale both dragged further efforts wide and the two teams went into halftime level on 1-1.
The second half saw more of the same but there was enough action and near-misses to keep the sizeable crowd engaged with the proceedings.
What proved to be the winning goal took everyone by surprise, probably no one more so than the Lajong goalie. Ksankupar sent in the free-kick looking for a teammate to head it in. However, the ball had a little more power than intended and it beat everyone. Haokip reacted too late and he could only helplessly watch the ball ease into the back of the net.
Going behind again spurred SLFC on but master defenders Rangdajied, who have only conceded three goals – the fewest of any side – this season, held them off; Banshanskhem finished regulation time with a love diving save to deny Samchaphrang Lato what would have been a good goal.

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