Shillong Jan 24,2018: Manipur’s first club to play in the I-League, Neroca FC have been on an amazing run with 9 unbeaten games but this came to an end as Meghalaya’s Shillong Lajong won 2-0 against the debutants. Neroca hosted the visitors who took chances which paid off.
Lajong scored both goals in the first half with two goals in a span of 6 minutes (13’, 18’) by Jagne and Koffi respectively. Shillong Lajong were clearly the better team throughout and the entire team worked extremely well and hard for the win. Neroca have been the surprise underdogs this season and have been impressive not just at home but their away form is also something to be admired.
Lajong although 2-0 up did not take the pedal of the gas and continued to make run forwards in the second half. Neroca seemed like a different team from the one that defeated Aizawl FC earlier in the season. They seemed a lot more disorganized and it did not help that the Lajong players were extremely successful in closing down the Manipur side. The last minutes of the game saw frustration from the Neroca players with tempers flying. The match was very entertaining with the better team coming out on top.