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Neroca beat Lajong 2-1 to rise to fifth spot in I-League

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Neroca FC notched up their second win of the season by beating Shillong Lajong 2-1 in a match to jump to the top half of the points table here on Sunday.

drew the first blood for Neroca in the 33rd minute, while Phrangki Buam restored parity in the 48th Minute before the visiting side striker struck the match-winner in the 83rd minute at the

With this win, Neroca FC surged to the fifth spot with eight points from six matches while the home side found themselves at the 10th place with four points from seven games.

The visitors were onto serious business right from the first minute when a powerful shot from Subhash hit the top of the woodwork to get deflected to the left post and finally fell outside the line to be collected by

Lajong were playing well in the midfield but lack of creativity and good finish kept them away from creating any scoring chance.

Neroca FC, in the 33rd minute, got the opening goal when headed home from an inch-perfect cross from Malem Metei.

brought in Maorem in place of Lalwmpuia Hnamte in the 36th minute. Lajong, thereafter, attempted a few intrusions into the but were unable to find the equaliser.

The second half began with Lajong continuing with their attacks and their efforts were soon rewarded when an acute angle pass from was received by Phrangki Buam to restore the parity.

Lajong could have found their second goal but missed the opportunity in the 79th minute.

Neroca's attacking intentions were soon rewarded when sent the ball into the net from an outstanding flick from in the 83rd minute and that turned out to be the match winner.

Neroca FC next play Indian Arrows at home on December 7 while Shillong Lajong FC will travel to to take on debutants Real on December 11.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 20:50 IST