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September 29, 2013 4:30 PM IST
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium — Shillong, Meghalaya
Referee:‬ R. Singh‎
 

Shillong Lajong 0-0 Pune FC: The hosts stifle the Red Lizards in a lacklustre stalemate

Shillong Lajong moved to contain Mike Snoei's side for long periods in the game as the two teams had to settle for a point each.

By Brendon Netto

Shillong Lajong FC : I-League
SLFC
Shillong Lajong and Pune FC played out a drab 0-0 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in an I-League encounter on Sunday afternoon.

Pune FC started on the front foot. First, Douhou Pierre nearly put Arata Izumi through on goal in the 2nd minute before teeing up James Meyer a minute later but the striker could not get his effort on target.

Cornell Glenn led Shillong Lajong's first foray into the opposition's final third in the 8th minute but could only shoot wide. The Trinidad and Tobago man was easily the home side's biggest threat and they regularly tried to feed balls in behind the Pune defense for the striker.

An Uilliams Bomfin free-kick in the 19th minute produced a brilliant save from Amrnder Singh in the Pune goal before Meyers tried his luck at the other end with a 40-yard attempt that fizzed wide.

With 5 minutes of the first half remaining, Uilliams forced Pune's custodian into another save from a free-kick although it was rather more comfortable this time around. That effort was followed up by a Robin Gurung chip that went just over from the resulting corner.

In first half stoppage time, Nikhil Kadam had a great chance to put the visitors into the lead but he skewed his effort wide from a Velington Rocha cross who was free on the right flank. That was the last piece of action from the first half as the teams went into the break 0-0.

At the start of the second half, Pune were once again on the offensive. Gurjinder Kumar played in Douhou with a lobbed pass into the Shillong penalty area but the striker failed to get the ball under his control and a promising attack fizzled out.

The visitors continued to enjoy the lion share of possession but despite passing it around well, Lajong stayed alert and did well to guard against any danger by denying them the opportunity to play a penetrative forward pass.

In the 83rd minute, Pune's constant probing nearly created an opening. Douhou's diagonal ball almost found Kadam inside the box. Four minutes later, a dangerous cross from the left wing was narrowly missed by Taisuke Matsugane whose diving attempt could have won it for the home side.

In injury time, Haokip managed to get a header on goal from Douhou's free-kick but His header lacked power and was comfortably collected by Vinay Singh in the Shillong goal. The final whistle blew and a game of few clear-cut chances ended in a 0-0 draw.




Shillong Lajong FC

21
Vinay Singh
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
C Lallawmzuala
Defender
 - 
3
Wailadmi Passah
Defender
 - 
6
Minchol Son
Defender
 - 
17
 - 
18
Robin Gurung
Defender
 - 
13
Boithang Haokip
Midfielder
39′
 - 
8
Ongnam Milan Singh
Midfielder
30′
 - 
11
Taisuke Matsugane
Midfielder
 - 
9
Cornell Glen
Striker
29′
 - 
30
 - 

Pune FC

 - 
1
Amrinder Singh
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
2
 - 
4
Calum Angus
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
11
Douhou Pierre
Midfielder
 - 
8
Arata Izumi
Midfielder
 - 
23
Mumtaz Akhtar
Midfielder
81′
 - 
16
 - 
10
 - 
19

Substitutes

31
Kunzang Bhutia
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
 - 
27
 - 
22
Lalram Muana
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
10
 - 
15
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
22
Arup Debnath
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
 - 
21
 - 
28
 - 
13
 - 
6

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cornell Glen Cornell Glen
Striker
Shillong Lajong
14 3
Sunil Chhetri Sunil Chhetri
Striker
Bengaluru
13 3
Darryl Duffy Darryl Duffy
Striker
Salgaocar
13 2
Josimar Josimar
Striker
Mohd Sp
13 1
Ranti Martins Ranti Martins
Striker
Rangdajied
12 0