U-18 Youth League: Shillong Lajong set finale date with Kerala Blasters

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The two semi-finals on Thursday saw SAI Kolkata beaten by Kerala Blasters while Shillong Lajong got the better of East Bengal.

The first semi-final of the under-18 Youth League saw Kerala Blasters defeat SAI Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong. Kerala’s Abdullah KS scored twice to ensure his side a place in the finale, where they will face Lajong.

Kerala were in better control of the game as they created several goal-scoring opportunities. In the 39th minute, Abdullah KS opened the account for the southern outfit as he received a well-timed pass from Yashin Malik.

Just two minutes later, SAI Kolkata pulled one back, thanks to Injaman Molla who scored from inside the box. However, Abdullah pounced on a loose delivery in the 50th minute to register his brace, thereby also confirming Kerala’s berth in the final.

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The second semi-final was a cagey encounter which saw goals pouring in the last 15 minutes. Hosts Lajong registered their first strike as late as the 75th minute when Phrangki Lyngdoh converted from a set-piece, at the edge of the 18-yard-box.

In the 86th minute, East Bengal were guilty of conceding a penalty which was successfully slotted in by Phrangki again. His brace was enough to take Lajong to the final, which will be against Kerala Blasters on 26th May.

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