Shillong Lajong forward Uilliams Silva successfully converted a penalty as the Reds shared two points with Bengaluru FC. The draw sees the title hopes of Bengaluru FC take a hit as they now find themselves on par with Mohun Bagan.
Both sides attack with intent
From the opening second of the match, both sides showed signs of attacking intent. However, with both sides looking to attack, the game became stretched and, it was quite clear that there would be an abundance of chances. Facing his old club, Eugeneson Lyngdoh was surprisingly off colour. The 28 year old midfielder, who has been dubbed as the ‘Indian Steven Gerrard’ had a horrific first half hour.
CK Vineeth and Sunil Chhetri squandered a few chances even as the tough and gritty Shillong defence held on. Defenders John Johnson and Rino Anto in particular had a good outing, keeping the likes of Uilliams Silva at bay.
Sean Rooney opens the scoring
In spite of carrying a minor injury, Sean Rooney opened the scoring on the cusp of half time. On the 45 minute mark, a wonderfully curled Eugeneson Lyngdoh freekick saw Sean Rooney head in the first goal of the encounter.
As a result, the first half concluded with Bengaluru FC firmly ahead 1-0.
Bengaluru FC off the blocks
The second half began with Robin Singh replacing the injured Sean Rooney. The move initially proved to be a master stroke. Looking for another goal, the attacking unit linked up well. Gurtej Singh came on soon after due to an injury to Rino Anto. Having significantly weakened the defensive unit of the Blues, Shillong Lajong had an opportunity with a little over an hour played.
Uilliams Silva equalizes, Shillong look for maximum points
A handball by John Johnson from a Shillong Lajong corner saw the referee point to the spot. Uilliams Silva sent goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte the wrong way to secure the equalizer.
The goal succeeded in increasing the confidence of the Shillong Lajong unit. Within a few minutes, Uilliams Silva and co were on the prowl, looking for the winner. The brilliance of Curtis Osano once more came to the fore as the Blues held on for a draw.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh suffered an ankle injury towards the end of the 90. It remains to be seen whether he will be available for the following matches.
Looking Ahead: The title race
Having conceded earlier that it was a two horse race, this result has certainly put Ashley Westwood’s men on the back foot. The Blues are now on par in terms of points with Mohun Bagan. The latter however have a slight advantage as they have a game in hand.
Nevertheless, it will be an amazing finish to the 2015 I League season.