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Indian Arrows v Shillong Lajong Live Commentary, 26/12/2017

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Jitendra Singh (19)
N. Naorem (86)
R. Praveen (90+1)
Dr. Ambedkar Stadium

Commentary

That is all from Nisanth V Easwar, who enjoyed bringing you live commentary of the game. Stay tuned for report and reaction. Goodbye!
Indian Arrows played good football and send Lajong out of the park today. Easy-peasy for the developmental side. Naorem with a wonderful solo goal to make the win sweeter. 
90' + 6' No consolation goal for Tlang as he swipes at an inswinging free kick into the box. Full-time!
90' + 5' We're into the final minute of added time. 
90' + 3' SHOT! Another shot by Rahul from outside the box tests Lachenpa. Similar to Sushant Mathew's stunning effot for Blasters a few years ago but this time, the goalie dives to his right to save. 
R. Praveen
Goal
Indian Arrows
90' + 1' Goal Rahul Kannoly Praveen
R. Ali
Assist
Indian Arrows
90' + 1' Assist Rahim Ali
90' + 1' GOAL!! Rahul KP comes off the bench and makes it three. Rahim Ali passes it to Rahul who, from inside the box, attempts a low shot towards the near post and it rolls past Lachenpa into the net. Goalie should have done much better on that one!
88' Aiman skips past a couple of challenges at the other end, gets into the box from the right and forces Dheeraj to a decent save. 
N. Naorem
Goal
Indian Arrows
86' Goal Nongdamba Naorem
86' GOAL!! Naorem with an incredible solo goal to put the game to bed! Halder squares it to Noarem on the left.  The talented lad dances his way into the box, skipping past the entire defence to slot the ball into the net (have to say, most defenders stood watching, afraid to go into a challenge).
R. Praveen
N. Meetei
Indian Arrows
83' Substitution Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei Rahul Kannoly Praveen
82' Arrows are doing well to close the game out. It's all not making errors. Rahul KP comes on for Meetei who has worked hard and put in a very good performance on the wings. 
S. Sohktung
K. Khongsit
Shillong Lajong
80' Substitution Kynsailang Khongsit Sheen Sohktung
78' Khongsit's overlap is picked out well and the full-back rushes into the box and lobs a ball past Dheeraj and the goal. Goalkick. 
76' Lajong are getting frustrated as we move towards the final 10 minutes of the game. Just not their day but a one goal is always mountable.
R. Tlang
Yellow Card
Shillong Lajong
75' Yellow card Redeem Tlang
N. Naorem
A. Sarkar
Indian Arrows
75' Substitution Abhijit Sarkar Nongdamba Naorem
73' Rahim Ali pops a shot over the bar from the centre, outside the box. He had options to work the ball into channels. 
71' Lajong was already being outplayed before the sending off. It's more difficult now with a man down. 
A. Halder
J. Thaunaojam
Indian Arrows
70' Substitution Jeakson Singh Thaunaojam Abhisek Halder
D. Odafin
Yellow Card
Shillong Lajong
68' Yellow card Daniel Odafin
68' Pradhan's cross from the left into the centre of the box is flicked by Koffi into the path of Aiman but Dheeraj gets to the ball first. 
65' Tlang takes a tumble inside the box but the referee is unmoved. Amarjit had extended his foot into the path of Tlang's run but the forward's fall was dramatic. 
F. Lalrohlua
Yellow 2nd/RC
Shillong Lajong
62' Yellow 2nd/RC F Lalrohlua
61' RED!! Lalrohlua's stay on the pitch comes to an end. He came on in place of Samuel at half-time, gets a yellow for a late challenge on Meetei and five minutes later, earns his second yellow for a cynical challenge. That was fast!
61' Odafin's delivery to the far post is cleared easily.
60' Gurung tries to dance past Arrows defenders on the right flank and is taken out by Meetei. Free kick for Lajong. 
R. Tlang
H. Nongbri
Shillong Lajong
58' Substitution Hardy Cliff Nongbri Redeem Tlang
F. Lalrohlua
Yellow Card
Shillong Lajong
57' Yellow card F Lalrohlua
57' Substitute  Lalrohlua goes into the referee's books for a late challenge on Meetei. Tlang, scorer of two of Lajong's goals this season, comes on for Hardy. Positive change. 
57' Rahim gets the ball on the right, passes to Rai who sends a shot over the bar. 
55' Rahim gets the ball in midfield and Arrows have a chance to break. With Rai available to his right, the tall forward opts to slide the ball through for Sarkar who fails to get to it before Lachenpa. 
53' The ball gets headed in the air from one side to another and one such attempted clearance reaches Koffi who knocks it down for Hardy to blast the ball over the bar!
52' Anwar's backpass following high press from Lajong puts Dheeraj in a spot of bother and the goalie is unable to get to the ball before it crossed the byline. Corner by Lajong, however, is claimed by Dheeraj easily. 
50' Lajong yet to show any intent in this game. They are opting to clear the ball into the air in midfield and defence instead of keeping it on the ground. 
47' There were doubts about Samuel's inclusion today, with Nongbet ruling him out yesterday. He is taken off.
F. Lalrohlua
S. Lalmuanpuia
Shillong Lajong
46' Substitution Samuel Lalmuanpuia F Lalrohlua
45' We're back for the second half!
Jitendra's goal seperates both teams but Lajong are being outplayed in Delhi. Can Arrows keep this up for another 45 minutes? Stay tuned to find out.  
45' + 1' Lajong gets free kick outside the box. Hardy delivers a good ball but Doe's header is straight at Dheeraj.
45' Two minutes added...
44' Amarjit and Meetei combine really well near the right flank and the latter gets to the return through-ball near the byline. He waits before trying to cross into the box but the cross is cleared. Some good build up play by Arrows in the first half. 
42' Ashish Rai is down in pain following a challenge from Aiman as Lajong tries to press high up the pitch. Arrows are playing the ball out and Dheeraj is picking his passes well. Risky, but good to watch.
39' Good work by Meetei on the right flank after he initially failed to get to a return ball from a give and go. Rakesh Pradhan loses the ball thanks to the No.7's hard work gets free-kick or his hard work. The set-piece is wasted. Headed clear. 
36' Long looping cross towards the far post from the left by Meetei. Defender connects to it first and safely heads it back for Lachenpa to collect. 
35' Sarkar tries to get the ball off Odafin and the Lajong midfielder goes down dramatically. Gets his wish, free-kick. 
32' Arrows playing their cards right. The entire backline is stepping up in sync and Lajong's build up is ruled offside twice in as many minutes. Arrows get the ball back and spread it around. 
S. Wangjam
Yellow Card
Indian Arrows
29' Yellow card Suresh Singh Wangjam
A. Singh
Yellow Card
Indian Arrows
29' Yellow card Amarjit Singh Kiyam
29' Suresh gets into the book for leading into a challenge on Odafin with his elbow. Both players seemed to use their arms. 
28' Koffi and Samuel have been poor so far. They have failed to test the Arrows defence, which has been suspect in the last three games. 
27' Long ball into the box from defence by Lajong is collected well by Dheeraj. Good goalkeeping. 
25' Aiman gets the ball, turns around, takes the ball deeper to get a better passing range and gives the ball away. 
24' Arrows have their name written all over this game. They are passing the ball around well and dominating the visitors. 
22' A backpass from Rai puts Jitendra under pressure but the goalscorer shows good strength to keep the ball away from Koffi and take the ball out of danger. 
Jitendra Singh
Goal
Indian Arrows
19' Goal Jitendra Singh
R. Ali
Assist
Indian Arrows
19' Assist Rahim Ali
19' GOAL! Sanjeev with deft footwork to fool his marker and earn a free kick on the left outside the box.  Free-kick is rolled towards Amarjit on the left flank who finds Rahim's run into the box. Rahim slides the ball to Jitendra who pokes a finish past the goalie!
16' BLOCKED!  Action at both ends! Dheeraj saves low to keep out Lajong. Sarkar cuts into his left foot and tries to curl one into the net at the other end but is blocked and cleared. 
15' A defence-splitting through ball by Lajong surprises Arrows defence and Aiman tries to race past Rai but the Indian defender manages to take the ball off him. 
14' Jeakson with another teasing cross into the centre of the box from the right. Amarjit fails to connect to a volley! Lajong breathes a sigh of relief. 
13' Excellent build-up by Arrows. Rai's cross into the box at the end of it blocked away. Jeakson with some silky touches in midfield during the build-up.
12' Meetei surges forward with the ball, passes to Sarkar whose through-ball for Suresh is terrible. Goal kick. 
10' Rahim Ali does well to steal the ball off Khongsit's feet but is brought down before he can get away. 
7' Jeakson with a very good give and go at the edge of the box before working the ball towards right for Meetei to cross. Cross is cleared for a corner but Stalin is unable to make the kick from near the corner glag count. Fails to clear the first defender and Lajong play out.
7' Lajong have started pressing in their attacking third, trying to force Arrows into giving the ball away.
5' Arrows with upper hand in early stages with most of the play coming from the right flank. (Shillong's left). 
3' Suresh takes it short and gets the ball back immediately. His cross into the box is wayward. 
3' Sanjeev steps up and delivers to the far post. Headed clear for another corner. 
2' Sarkar gets the ball on the right flank and is brought down. Free kick for Arrows.
1' One-touch passes threaded together by Arrows immediately after kick-off but the ball reaches Meetei on the right whose through-ball forward is too heavy. Goalkick. 
1' KICK-OFF! We're underway in Delhi!
In a battle of two of the youngest squads in the league this season, Nongbet has replaced Tlang with Koffi upfront. Interestingly, Samuel Lalmuanpuia starts despite his coach ruling him out of today's game.
The teams are out and we are ready for kick-off. Just a few minutes left.
The need to get back to winning ways is evident in de Matos' team selection today. SIX changes for Arrows as Boris, Deepak, Halder, Rahul KP, Lalrindika and Jhadav make their way out. Asis, Jitendra, Meetei, Suresh, Rahim Ali and Sarkar to replace them in first team.
Indian Arrows are on a run of three defeats in a row. Today might be a good opportunity to get back to winning ways against an inconsistent Lajong side who have won well, fought for draws and lost badly in their games so far. 
Both sides come into this fixture on the back of a loss with the Arrows bowing down to Gokulam Kerala FC in a 0-2 result whereas Lajong were defeated by north-eastern counterparts NEROCA.
Shillong Lajong XI: Lachenpa; Doe, Juho Oh, Gurung, Khongsit; Odafin, Nongbri, Al-Hagri, Pradhan, Koffi, Lalmuanpuia.
Indian Arrows XI: Dheeraj; Jitendra, Anwar, Sanjeev, Ashish; Jeakson, Amarjit, Suresh Singh; Meetei, Abhijit, Rahim Ali.
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