Electric Veng FC leapfrogged Chhinga Veng FC to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Chanmari FC in the fourth round of the Mizoram Premier League on Tuesday.
Isaak Vanlalpeka scored a brace (45′, 72′) to help the Electric Veng take a 2-0 lead over the two-time champions. A red card for Lalrosanga reduced Chanmari to 10 men in the 68th minute.
A goal by striker Lalnunzama in the 86th minute provided a nervy finish. This is Lalnunzama’s fourth goal in as many matches. However, the Electric Veng team ensured all 3 points with a goal from David Lalchhuanawma deep into injury time.
Bethlehem VT earn their first points
In the afternoon kickoff, Bethlehem Vengthlang FC earned their first point of the season against newcomers Chawnpui FC.
The tie was settled by two dead-ball opportunities. Chawnpui FC took the lead at the stroke of halftime through a freekick from Vanlalthanga. Bethlehem Vengthlang went on to equalize with a header by Lalrintluanga off a corner.
This is the third time Chawnpui FC has been involved in a draw.
Mizoram Police brutality on show
Mizoram Police FC earned three points against Ramhlun North FC with a 5-1 drubbing. F. Lalrinpuia (21′) and Lalbiakhlua (27′) struck in the space of six minutes as the teams went into the break at 2-0.
Mizoram Police was on a shoot-on-sight mode in the second half. F. Lalrinpuia (57′) added another goal before Lalramtharmawia (72′) and Lalfakzuala (84′) completed the rout.
Ramhlun North forward Waheed scored a consolation in the 86th minute, but it was too late for them to get out of jail.
Honors even between in Chhinga Veng-Aizawl tie
Two-time champions Aizawl FC and defending champions Chhinga Veng FC played out a goalless draw at Lammual.
In a fairly-even matchup, Chhinga Veng FC enjoyed the better chances in the first half when Lalromawia tested Aizawl custodian Gurpreet Singh twice in the first half through a freekick and a close-range effort. For Aizawl FC, former Chhinga Veng striker Lalkhawpuimawia threatened with his dead-ball skills.
However, both teams managed to cancel each other out as the high voltage match petered to a draw. Chhinga Veng FC has dropped to second place for the first time this season.
Round 5 clashes
The fifth round of the Mizoram Premier League will take place on the 27th and 28th of September.
Chanmari FC will face Chawnpui FC to remain in contention for the top 4 spots. Later that evening, Electric Veng will aim to consolidate their position at the top of the table against Bethlehem VT in the afternoon kickoff on Thursday.
The following day, Aizawl FC will take on Ramhlun North FC, with the former hoping for a win to take them into the playoff spots, while free-scoring Mizoram Police FC will aim to arrest the unbeaten run of Chhinga Veng FC.