September 14: The JN Sports Complex came alive on Saturday as Rangdajied United were able to get one better of Royal Wahingdoh for a 2-1 win in their Imperial Blue Shillong Premiere League match. Rangdajied’s foreign recruit Shin Hojun provided an early 9th minute lead, when he powered in a header following a calculated cross from the left flank.
Rangdajied looked in a strong position during the early minutes of the game until youngster Loken Meitei gave Wahingdoh a vital equaliser in the 20th after a passage of combination play by the Royal attack. But six minutes later, Rangdajied’s Bansharai Sunn flicked an aerial cross straight past keeper Bishorjit for a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw Royal Wahingdoh come back hard as they maintained a high possession rate while working their way into the box on several occasions. With Seityasen Singh and Zosangkima stepping onto the pitch in the second half, the strengthened attack came close to penetrating the Rangdajied defence, but luck just didn’t seem to be on their side. Besides, a few questionable off side calls by the linesman did not seem to help matters. The quick ‘pass n play’ approach in the second half was reminiscent of the Royal Wahingdoh of old.
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