Shillong Lajong FC pipped Diamond Rock FC 1-0 in their second match in Group B of the Second Division League in Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, today.
The only goal of the game came in the 68th minute via Hardy Cliff Nongbri. He was also named Player of the Match.
Lajong had started their campaign in the Second Division, the league below the I-League, with victory over East Bengal reserves on April 4 by the same margin.
Coach Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet made just the one change from the East Bengal match, bringing in Babysunday Marngar in place of Amon Lepcha in the starting line-up.
The other match of the day saw Kolkata teams United SC and East Bengal reserves play out a goalless draw. That means that, with two wins, SLFC are in pole position in Group B with a full 6 points, with United on 4, East Bengal 1 and Diamond Rock 0.
The winners of each group plus the best second-placed team will qualify for the final round.
Lajong’s next match is scheduled to take place in Shillong on April 14 versus United SC. That fixture is meant to take place at First Ground, Polo, but if that venue, which only recently got a new artificial surface, is not ready in time, then it may have to be played elsewhere.
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