Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC notched up a 1 -0 win over debutants Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-league here Monday.
Assam-born player Alen Deory scored the only goal to give the north-eastern side all three points at the JL Nehru Stadium.
The game was going well for Gokulam until the 76th minute when Deory scored a header into the goal, assisted by Lalmuanpuia.
It was a long free-kick taken by Lalmuanpuia and Deory poked in a brilliant header to breach the Gokulam defense.
After the goal, Gokulam went all guns blazing to score an equalizer but were unable to do so.
Four minutes of extra time were given to the match and Gokulam tried to score but could not breach Lajong's defenses. Deory went on to be the Hero of the match.
In front of the home ground, Lajong set off their Hero I-League journey with a clinical three-pointer.