Shillong, Feb 5: Two-time champions Churchill Brothers, need a win against bottom-placed Shillong Lajong on Tuesday to climb atop the 12th Hero I-League standings and lay down the gauntlet for long-time leaders Chennai City FC.
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 & 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.
Lajong go 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.
They will also take heart from their eye-catching attacking display against the same opponents away to try and upset Churchill hopes.
Churchill will know that the top spot is not secured till its won against an ever-dangerous and slightly unpredictable Shillong. It promises to be a cracker in the hills. (UNI)