Lajong FC hold United SC to 1-1 draw
Shillong: Following a back-to-back defeat at home, Shillong Lajong FC on Saturday staged a comeback to hold United SC 1-1 in their fifth round I-League encounter at the J N Stadium here.
Lajong players created several scoring chances against their opponents but they could not finish it off on most occasions.
The home side, who dominated the match, failed to convert at least three clear opportunities in a slow first half itself. Ornell Glen and Tuboi missed a couple of opportunities that could have changed the complexion of the game.
United`s Eric Browne converted the first goal of the match in the 49th minute when Lajong`s main defenders -- Wailadmi and Minchol Son -- were caught napping.
United skipper Deepak Kumar collected a miss shot from Son and sent a cross to Browne who converted it with an ease. Two minutes later, Ornell Glen headed an equalizer for Lajong.
Glen, who was criticized by the home fans for his uncomfortable body languages in the last two matches, showed his class. His shot from just outside the box in the 63rd minute and a header five minutes later had the United SC keeper busy.
Lajong could have taken home three points had Tuboi not found in an off-side position when he converted a short cross from Glen from outside the box in the 87th minute.
Both sides brought in all the three substitutes in the remaining 25 minutes as both seek to take the lead.
Lajong coach Thangboi Singto significantly replaced Glen with Subash Singh to give added pressure to United.