Chanmari FC got back to winning ways in round 6 as they overcame Mizoram Police FC with a 1-0 victory.
A second half goal from Mark Zothanpuia sealed the win for CFC who had suffered consecutive defeats in the previous round.
A vastly changed Mizoram Police team lined up at AR Lammual after several players faced disciplinary action following the last round. But they began brightly with F. Lalrinpuia forcing a save from Chanmari FC goalkeeper MS Dawngliana.
Chanmari FC had the better chances as the game went on as Police goalkeeper Muanawma had to be alert to save from Laldampuia while Lalnunzama was blocked by a last ditch tackle from Ronald Zothanzama.
Mark Zothanpuia then struck early on in the second half with a precise freekick which gave Chanmari a confidence boost. And it almost resulted in a second but Jeremy Laldinpuia could not capitalise on his chance.
The Police team had a couple of half chances to get back into the game but they failed to really test their opponents towards the end of the game.
Two second half goals from defending champions Chhinga Veng FC were enough to stop newcomers Electric Veng FC’s unbeaten run in their debut campaign as they sealed a 2-1 victory.
Chhinga Veng FC’s victory means that they are on a 23 match unbeaten run this season, which is one better than the record they set last season.
Electric Veng FC had taken a first half lead in the 24th minute through Isaak Vanlalpeka’n freekick against the run of play.
Chhinga Veng FC were the slightly better team in an even match up in the early stages as they rattled the post through Jacob Lalrawngbawla but Electric Veng FC closed out the first 45 minutes on a more positive note, with Vanlalremsanga coming close to adding on their lead.
It was one-way traffic in the second half though as the champions applied relentless pressure right from the off.
They got their reward after three minutes when substitute Lalrammawia guided home an aerial scramble after a corner delivery from Jacob Lalrawngbawla. They struck again six minutes later through MS Dawngliana, who was played onside by Zomuanpuia in another scramble inside the box.
The onslaught continued with Jacob Lalrawngbawla testing the Electric Veng FC custodian Nunga Hnamte while Sawmzela and MS Dawngliana could not guide their efforts into the net.
MIZORAM: MPL debutants Electric Veng FC continued their streak of upsets as they beat two time champions Chanmari FC tonight in a 3-1 victory.
The newcomers made their opponents pay for their profligacy in front of goal in the first half when they took the lead through Isaak Vanlalpeka’s freekick on the 45th minute.
Chanmari FC who enjoyed a better first period had missed chances to score through Laldampuia and Vanlalbiaa while Lalnunzama could not capitalise when he was put through.
Rochhingpuia almost equalised in the second half but he could not test EFC’s goalkeeper Nunga Hnamte. Then things got worse for Chanmari FC when Rosanga was sent off on the 68th minute reducing them to 10 men.
EFC struck four minutes later when Isaak grabbed his second off a delivery from Vanlalremkima.
Lalnunzama maintained his hotstreak for Chanmari FC when he pulled one back on the 86th minute but David Lalchhuanawma made sure of all thre points when he scored EFC’s third deep into stoppage time.