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I-League: Churchill Brothers eye pole position in Shillong clash

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 21:45 IST

Shillong (Meghalaya) [India], Feb 4 (ANI): Two-time champions Churchill Brothers will be looking to take the pole position on the points table and lay down the gauntlet for long-time leaders Chennai City FC while taking on Shillong Lajong in the ongoing 12th edition of the I-League here at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
The Goan side hammered Shillong 4-2 in the first leg fixture at the Tilak Maidan in an entertaining fixture, which, in a way, epitomised how both sides have played this season. Churchill are relentless in attack and are backed by quality finisher in Willis Plaza. Shillong, on the other hand, never give up on the attacking option, but have been unable to put away their chances this season.
League top scorer Willis Plaza of Trinidad and Tobago netted three of his 16 goals this campaign in the first leg against Shillong and will remain the primary threat to Alison Kharsyntiew’s talented side. Gambian winger Dawda Cessay’s sterling form is also an added threat to the home side.
Churchill coach Petre Gigiu, speaking to the press on match day eve, emphasised on the fact that relegation-threatened Lajong will be up for a fight.
“Tomorrow I think it will be a very difficult game for both of us as Shillong will be playing for not getting relegated and we will be playing for the Championship and the best team has to win,” he said.
“Surprised to see Shillong in this position as they are a very good team. They play very good football. This team may go up. If we win tomorrow we hope for the Championship or the second position, but if we lose tomorrow, we are not under pressure. The pressure is on Shillong to win,” he added.
Lajong goes into the game with some confidence though, having won away against defending champions Minerva. Naorem Mahesh Singh, another talented winger, found his scoring touch after a two-goal blitz in the early stages of the league.
Alison was forthright with his views in the pre-game presser, stating, “From the beginning, I have been positive for the young players. I try to help them improve in every match and also for their future. Everyone is working hard. We are going step by step. We are learning from our past matches. Churchill is a good team with a good coach.”
"Tomorrow we can stop them if we can do well in defense and hit them on the counter. For us, we have to score goals not conceded goals,” Alison said. (ANI)