Shillong: Toppers East Bengal had to be satisfied with a goal-less draw against Shillong Lajong FC in their ninth round I-League match here on Sunday. Played under extreme cold conditions, East Bengal were happy with a draw.
Despite creating as many as 12 corners, the visitors failed to break the rock solid defence of Wailad and Minchol Son in the attacking third. On the other hand, Lajong created as many as four free kicks which were, however, not very impressive.
An Edeh Chidih free kick in the 75th minute flew just above the bar. With this draw, East Bengal retained their position with 21 points, while Lajong moved a spot up at number eight.
"The clean sheet at the end of the match is pleasing, even as we had several clear cut opportunities in the first half. But we are happy with the points," East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan said at the post-match conference.
He admitted that it was a tough game for them and the boys had to work hard. Lajong coach Desmond Bulpin said that he was pleased with his boys for showing resilience and the will to fight.