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Lajong to play ONGC

Guwahati, April 2: Shillong Lajong Football Club will host Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) FC in the first of their two home matches of the current I-League season under the newly-installed floodlights at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday.

This will mark the first I-league home match under lights for Shillong Lajong FC and the only northeastern I-League club’s supporters appeared upbeat for the moment when the men in red take the astroturf against Santosh Kashyap’s Mumbai-based side.

They will play Mumbai FC in their last home match on April 14.

Portuguese prodigy Edinho Junior, who is playing on loan from Blackburn Rovers, will be making his much-awaited home game debut in the same match.

The 18-year-old striker made a memorable debut by scoring a brace against fancied Pune FC at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on March 24 and will look to leave a mark at home, too.

The European youngster expressed his excitement, when he recently said, “I can’t wait to play in front of the huge crowd and if I score the first goal, I will dedicate it to the Lajong fans. I want to play and bring joy to these fantastic fans.”

After a 45-day break in the league, Shillong Lajong have been on an unbeaten run of sorts under the guidance of interim coach Thangboi Singto, playing a 2-2 draw against Pune FC and another see-saw 2-2 draw against Mohun Bagan AC.

While the home side are placed 10th in the tally of 14 with 21 points, ONGC are seventh with 29 points.

Meanwhile, the organisers have revised the ticket prices slightly on the lower side “with a view to encourage more and more students and youngsters to be among the turnout”, said Shillong Lajong general secretary Larsing Ming Sawyan.

The price of the tickets, which will be on sale from Thursday, will range between Rs 80 and Rs 300 with a reduced price for the open gallery from Rs 100 to Rs 80.