I-League 2018-19, Shillong Lajong 0-1 Real Kashmir: 3 Reasons why Snow Leopards beat the Reds

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Shillong Lajong's Kenstar Kharsong tries to win the ball from Real Kashmir's Mason Robertson

Real Kashmir FC defeated Shillong Lajong 1-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday courtesy of a 74th-minute strike by Aaron Katebe in their 2018-19 Hero I-League match. The win takes Real Kashmir to the second spot in the points table, with 25 points from 13 matches. Shillong Lajong, on the other hand, remain on the bottom of the pile, managing only four points from 13 matches.

Real Kashmir coach David Robertson made two changes to the side that held Aizawl FC as Farhan Ganie and Danish Farooq made their way for Khalid Qayoom and Nagen Tamang. His adversary, Alison Kharsyntiew, made three changes rather. Neithovilie Chalieu, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, and Sheen Sokhtung were shown the doors and Phurba Lachenpa, Phrangki Buam and Lalawmpuia Hnamte got a chance to make their name for themselves.

Both the sides started the match with a set philosophy to which they stuck throughout the game. However, these three reasons went against Shillong Lajong's favour and led to their eventual loss to the Srinagar-based side.

#3 Starting Mason Robertson in an advanced role

Mason Robertson is a centre-back by trade but, his imposing physical figure can be a huge boon against the diminutive Indian players in the attacking forefront. Having already scored thrice, Mason Robertson started in an advanced role for the third consecutive time with Aaron Katebe filling his hole in the back.

The 24-year-old was instrumental in winning second balls when long balls were lodged from either end. In the 22nd minute, he floated a brilliant cross towards Nagen Tamang but, the former Royal Wahingdoh player couldn't keep his header on target.

In the 85th minute, he set up substitute Vicky Meitei through on goal but, the youngster failed to keep his shot on target.

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Edited by Vignesh Ananthasubramanian
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