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SPL 2022: Rains & thunders force Lajong vs Mawlai match to be abandoned

SHILLONG LAJONG'S SECOND OUTING in Shillong Premier League 2022 was washed out due to heavy rain and lightnings.

The match, being held at the MFA Turf in Polo Grounds, Shillong, was in its 63rd minutes when an all-day overcast sky opened up and several lightnings were heard. The referee did not want to risk the players being out in such conditions, not to mention the hundreds of supporters who had assembled at the ground despite the weather.

After the game was paused for a while, a decision was taken to abandon the match.

You can catch the action on the official YouTube channel of 7 News.

At the time, Mawlai SC were leading 1-0, building on their good form from the opening day. Shillong Lajong, whose young squad lost their first round game to Langsning FC, were struggling to hit their stride and convert their chances.

But it was Mawlai who got the breakthrough half an hour into the match when Donbor Nongkynrih let fly a long ranger from near the halfline and its awkward bounce caught the Lajong defenders and the goalkeeper off guard. The ball found the net, to the delight of the fans of the East Khasi Hills-based club.

The Shillong Sports Association is expected to take a decision on a potential replay of this match down the line. For now, Lajong are set to face Nangkiew Irat SC on 28th June while Mawlai will take on Langsning FC on 27th June in what is being seen as a clash between two title contenders of the season.

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