Shillong Lajong’s four-year absence from the I-League is over

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The first team to be promoted from the Hero 2nd Division League to the 2023–24 Hero I-League has been named: Shillong Lajong FC. The Meghalaya team defeated FC Bengaluru United 2-1 on Sunday. May 21, 2023 at the SSA Stadium in Shillong, improving their Final Round record to seven points from four contests.

After being absent from the Hero I-League for four years, Shillong Lajong have rejoined. After placing bottom in the rankings during the 2018–19 season, they were demoted. In order to advance to the Group Stage in the Hero 2nd Division this season. They defeated Downtown Heroes, Corbett, and United Chirang Duar in February. Lajong, who was placed in a group with United SC, East Bengal Reserves, and The Diamond Rock FA, finished second. And advanced to the Final Round as the best runners-up overall.

Shillong Lajong lost 1-5 to Ambernath United Atlanta five days prior. So their match against Bengaluru United on Sunday was a game-or-die affair for them. Just before halftime, they took the lead thanks to a wonderful curling shot from Everbrightson Mylliempdah. But the visitors quickly drew even thanks to Kongbrailatpam Manjit Sharma. However, Figo Syndai’s header eight minutes from time gave Bobby Nongbet’s team the lead back. Which they kept until the final siren. With one matchday remaining, Shillong Lajong’s place in the top two. And in the upcoming I-League was secured as a result of Ambernath’s 3-4 loss. Against United SC in Kalyani in the concurrent kick-off.

Shillong is back to I-League

As the first team from the northeast to be promoted to the top flight in 2009–10. Shillong Lajong served as the northeast’s torchbearers in the Hero I-League. Now that the Reds have made a comeback. As many as four northeast Indian teams. Including Aizawl FC, NEROCA FC, and TRAU FC, will compete in the Hero I-League in the upcoming season.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Chinglensana Singh, Bipin Singh, Vishal Kaith, Naorem Mahesh Singh, and Seiminlen Doungel all made their Blue Tigers debuts. After playing for the Meghalaya club. After doing so at Lajong. The Meghalaya team, which made history earlier this year by making up to the Hero Santosh Trophy Final in Riyadh. Has some players on the present Lajong side as well. Rajat Paul Lyngdoh, Ronaldkydon Lyngdoh, Henryford Nongneng, as well as Sunday’s goal scorers. Everbrightson Mylliempdah and Figo Syndai, were all part of Meghalaya’s Cinderella run.

United SC and Bengaluru United are no longer in the running. For the top two positions in the Hero 2nd Division League.

The second team that will promoted to the Hero I-League next season will decide. By Delhi FC’s match against Ambernath United Atlanta on Friday, May 26. A draw will be sufficient for Ambernath, but Delhi FC has to win in order to advance. The first-ever promotion to the Hero I-League is what both teams are striving for.

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