Shillong Lajong FC win 2016 Meghalaya Invitation Football Tournament!

meghalaya-invitational-shillong-lajong-fcShillong Lajong FC displayed a stunning show in today’s grand finale of the 2016 Meghalaya Invitation Football Tournament as they emerged champions after defeating 58 GTC Boys by a margin of 5-0 at the SSA Ground Polo.

Lajong FC were also the champions of the Meghalaya Invitation in the last two editions which was played in the years 2010 and 2011. The tournament kicked off again after a gap of four years and Shillong Lajong completed its hattrick of wins.

Lajong FC were a dominant force today and owned the game whereas GTC had very less chance to take control of the game and conceded five goals in total by a young Lajong FC side in the very exciting grand finale.

The first chance of the match fell to Lajong FC when Bipin Singh took a shot from outside the box in the 5th minute but the GTC keeper saved it from entering the back of the net. In the 24th minute of the game, the Reds got another good chance to take the lead but Alen Deory’s shot from inside the box went just a few inches wide.

Then finally in the 27th minute, Redeem Tlang scored from a Pritam Kumar cross to give Lajong a 1-0 lead.

Thangboi Singto’s boys were making several good moves upfront and kept on adding immense pressure on GTC. They also played a very good passing game and made excellent crossing deliveries too. The scoreline was only 1-0 after the end of the first half and Lajong FC came back even stronger in the second half than GTC could have imagined. The Reds looked extremely dangerous on many occasions and added four more goals in the second session.

Even though GTC started the second half brightly with back to back chances to level the score, it was Lajong FC who were more clinical in attack. In the 48th minute, Alen Deory received a long ball from Jacob and the former made a quick run inside the box and slotted the ball home to give his side a 2-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Redeem Tlang completed his brace. Isaac who was inside the left side of the box, passed the ball to Redeem Tlang, who then tapped it in and made it 3-0 for Lajong FC and he successfully completed his hattrick as he scored from inside the box in the 63rd minute and Lajong FC were 4-0 up.

For GTC boys, they had a big mountain to climb and they knew it was impossible to make a comeback as they had already conceded four goals.

In the 87th minute, Bipin Singh also found his name on the scoresheet when he netted with his left footer from inside the box and gave the Reds a comfortable 5-0 lead.

After a brilliant 90 minutes by Shillong Lajong FC, the referee blew his final whistle and Lajong FC were crowned champions of the Meghalaya Invitation Football Tournament and they also remained undefeated in the tournament.

The team has had a great year so far as they won the Bodousa Cup in Assam, the Shillong Premier League 2016 for a third consecutive time and then ended the Shillong football season as champions of Meghalaya Invitation Football Tournament.

The focus will now slowly shift to the I-League, which will kick off in January 2017.

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