I-League 2018-19: Real Kashmir climb to the third spot after thrashing Shillong Lajong 6-1
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Shillong Lajong's defensive faults in full display as Real Kashmir net six goals...

Real Kashmir thumped Shillong Lajong 6-1 at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon.

Ghanian striker Abednego Tetteh opened and closed the scoring (25',83') for Kashmir with Mason Robertson (37'), Nagen Tamang (42'), Gnohere Krizo (50'), and Surchandra Singh (74')  scoring in between. The only consolation goal for Lajong came in the 28th minute when Samuel Kynshi picked up a fortunate goal in the first half.

David Robertson named an unchanged side that won 1-0 against Aizawl. Danish Farooq continued to be on the bench and was once again used a substitute later in the second half. 

Whereas, Alison Kharsyntiew made two changes to the side that lost 2-1 to NEROCA in a North Eastern derby at home. Nabin Rabha and Lalawmpuia Hnamte failed to make the cut in the starting XI as they were replaced by Hardy Nongbri and Sheen Stevenson Sohktung. 

It was an entertaining first-half. Real Kashmir opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Krizo bamboozled three Lajong defenders before setting up Abednego Tetteh scored.

It was a freak goal that brought Lajong back into the game when Bilal Khan's misplaced clearance struck the body of Lyngdoh Kynshi and ricocheted back into his own net. 

But Kashmir maintained its ascendancy on the game and it looked like it was going to be only a matter of time before the hosts scored. In the 37th minute, Mason Robertson scored from a flag-kick floated in by Surchandra Singh which sent the home crowd into a frenzy. 

Within six minutes, Kashmir added one more to their tally when Nagen Tamang found the net to finish off a brilliant move from midfield. Bazie Armand started knitting the passes and it was Tetteh who split open Lajong's defence with a through ball to set-up the left winger in front of goal. 

Krizo scored his second goal of the campaign when he converted from the spot within five minutes of resumption after referee Santosh Kumar pointed to the spot following a foul on the Ivorian by Aibanbha Dohling. 

In the 75th minute, the snow leopards breached Lajong's defence for the fifth time when Surchandra Singh rifled in a shot from close range taking advantage of a goalmouth melee.

Local boy Shahnawaz Bashir had an immediate impact on the game after coming on as he delivered an inch-perfect cross from the left flank inside the box for Tetteh to head home from sniffing distance from goal. 

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