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We are now very much into the I-League season with every team now having played at least 6 matches except for Bengaluru FC (5 matches). It has been an interesting month with East Bengal and Mohun Bagan giving their usual outstanding performances as they sit on top of the table with 16 points each. The Bengal teams are giving the other teams a run for their money. However, getting to the two Northeast teams in the I-league, Shillong Lajong FC and Aizawl hold th FC, both teams have managed to hold their own. The Northeast derby which saw these two teams fight it out saw the Aizawl side emerge victorious as they defeated the veteran I-league team Shillong Lajong 2-1. Aizawl have been great to watch so far and have shown immense growth in just a year.
In what is very encouraging for Northeast football, Aizawl FC have exceeded expectations so far as they sit third on the table with 13 points. The team which just got promoted last season and were also facing relegation look like a force to be reckoned. Last night however, there was a set-back to their title dreams as they went down 3-2 to the mighty Mohun Bagan. The match was evenly contested and it took a penalty from Duffy for the Kolkata side to beat the Aizawl team. This was one of the most entertaining matches of the season so far. New signee Jayesh Rane who just recently joined the Aizawl side has proven a great buy as he delivers match after match.
Shillong Lajong have been had a few disappointing seasons as they have failed to climb beyond them mid way mark of the table and a string of 3 losses in the beginning of the season was a disappointment for fans, but the Shillong side have managed to put together 3 wins in a row and are back and bouncing in the race. They sit fifth on the table with 9 points and their incredible form has put fans in an optimistic mood. They play their next match later in the day against Churchill Brothers as they host the Goa side. The club always has huge support at every home game and with it being the weekend, fans will definitely come out in numbers to support their local club. A win today would put them above defending Champions Bengaluru FC, however, Churchill are a difficult side to break but with Lajong's current form, it is encouraging going into the match.
It has been a great month of football with so many great matches with brilliant entertaining attacking football. We will continue to see many well contested games with every single club giving their all. Even the likes of newcomers Minerva and Chennai City are proving very well worthy opponents and with the Bengal derby coming up next week, I-league fans will eagerly wait to see which of the Bengal clubs will emerge victorious.