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Although both teams started on the offensive note, it was Minerva who emerged as the better team as they managed to snatch a hard-earned victory against the Shillong based team.
While managing to hold their ground against Minerva, Lajong's chances of winning were denied by the Minerva defense and the in-form Rakshit Dagar who was later awarded as the hero of the match.
Lajong, however, were holding their own against their opponents resulting in an equally levelled game.
Minerva's first goal attempt came in the fifth minute with Opoku getting past Lajong's defense, however, his shot was wide and he missed the goal.
The game was turning into a fast-paced match with each team desperately fighting for an advantage.
Minerva created another chance to score in the 40th minute but Opoku's shot was wide.
Lajong replied with an attempt at the Minerva goal which was saved by Dagar in the 43rd minute.
By the end of the first half, both teams had failed to create an advantage in a game that was evenly matched.
The start of the second half had Minerva applying the pressure on the home side.
The game changer came in the 57th minute as Minerva took the lead from Opoku's strike.
Chencho ran down the left flank beating NovinGurung by sheer pace and fed Opoku with an assist who in turn sent a magnificent shot into the back of the net.
Leading the game by 1-0, it could be seen that the confidence of the Minerva team was at an all-time high as they momentarily silenced the otherwise strong home crowd.
Lajong's chance to score an equaliser came in the 62nd minute but Dagar managed to save Koffi's shot.
Minerva replied in the 66th minute with another goal attempt by Girik.
The home side wasted another chance to equalise in the 80th minute as Lalmuanpuia sent the ball straight into the arms of Dagar.
Lajong tried to get back into the game but could not get past Minerva's strong defense.
Yet another opportunity to score was denied to Lajong as Dagar foiled Koffi's attempt in the 87th minute resulting in a yellow card for Dagar.
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