Aizawl FC and Chawnpui FC picked up three points in Round 9 of the Mizoram Premier League. Ramhlun North FC gained an important point to maintain a gap from relegation battlers, Bethlehem VT.
Chhinga Veng FC and Chanmari FC share points
Two-time champions Chanmari FC and defending champions Chhinga Veng FC played out a goalless draw in round 9 of the Mizoram Premier League.
The injury-plagued league leaders looked content to keep their shape and hit on the break, however, their goalie, Zothanmawia, was tested by MC Malsawmzuala.
Chanmari FC had the better of the first half, enjoying better possession as they looked to stretch their opponents.
Both teams tried to up the tempo in the second half and it was Chanmari FC who had the better chances again. However, Zothanmawia put in a man of the match performance to deny Chanmari any scoring opportunities.
The Chhinga Veng nearly nicked a winner in stoppage time, only to be denied by the offside flag.
This is the second draw in nine games for Chhinga Veng, as they continue on their unbeaten run.
Ramhlun North FC hold Electric Veng FC to a draw
Electric Veng FC had to contend with a draw against Ramhlun North FC.
Electric Veng had taken the lead through Vanlalremsanga on the 27th minute. The debutants were the better team in the first half as they managed to create multiple chances to further their lead.
They were left to rue the missed chances in the second half. Ramhlun North FC fought back in the game and their efforts were rewarded in the 62nd minute.
Lalnunmawia striking from the edge of the box to level the scores.
Both teams were able to cancel each other out to share a point. Ramhlun North FC clearly the happier lot of the two.
Chawnpui overcome Mizoram Police with a late goal
Newcomers Chawnpui FC left it late to earn a much-needed victory against Mizoram Police FC.
Lalfakawma scored in the 19th minute, after being set up by Lalramtharmawia, to give Police the lead. The score remained the same at the end of the half.
At the start of the second period, Chawnpui FC equalized through Jerry F Zonunsanga in the 47th minute.
Chawnpui FC looked brighter as the match went on, while Mizoram Police FC missed chances to retake the lead on a couple of occasions. Lalbiakhlua and Lalfakzuala coming close for Mizoram Police.
Chawnpui FC struck in the 87th minute when Lalruatfela finished off a ball from K. Roluahpuia to seal a dramatic win.
The win lifts Chawnpui FC into fifth place, a point behind their Mizoram Police.
Aizawl FC colts pile misery on BVT
With one eye in the I-League, Aizawl FC continued to chalk up points in the MPL. Aizawl fielded a relatively young team who did not disappoint as they were the better team through the 90 minutes.
A goal in the 27th minute from K Lalhmangaihkima was sufficient for Aizawl FC to claim victory over strugglers, Bethlehem Vengthlang FC.
A clearance from Bethlehem Vengthlang FC’s box was claimed in midfield by Aizawl. Lalhmangaihkima struck from 30 yards out to score a candidate for the goal of the season.
Matchday 10 is around the corner
With matches coming thick and fast, Round 10 will take place on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31
Aizawl will hope they climb up the table when they face Ramhlun North in the afternoon kickoff.
In the evening kickoff, Mizoram Police will aim to arrest their slide against the injury-ridden Chhinga Veng.
Bethlehem VT will hope to shock Electric Veng and pry themselves out of the bottom place.
Meanwhile, Chanmari and Chawnpui will look to gain 3 points to stay within touching distance of the playoff spot.