Relegation candidates Ramhlun North FC and Bethlehem Vengthlang FC stun their opponents in Round 11 of the Mizoram Premier League. Meanwhile, Electric Veng FC’s horrendous form see them lose to Chanmari FC.
Eddie keeps Police threat at bay in crucial win
Relegation threatened Ramhlun North FC registered a crucial win against Mizoram Police FC in round 11 of the Mizoram Premier League.
The mood in the two camps was in sharp contrast at the start of the match. Ramhlun North FC had suffered a four-goal drubbing at the hands of Aizawl FC, while Mizoram Police FC had put an end to Chhinga Veng FC’s unbeaten run.
Ramhlun North FC went ahead in the 7th minute when Lalremruata slotted in a delivery from Lalmawizuala.
The Mizoram Police FC goalkeeper Lalmuanawma was forced to make another save when Lalliansanga was presented with a chance soon after taking the lead.
The Police team began to get their act together as the first half wore on. Malsawmfela and F. Lalrinpuia forced Ramhlun North FC goalkeeper Eddie Zorammawia into action. Their efforts paid off in stoppage time when Lalramtharmawia converted a freekick to get his side level in first-half injury time.
After the break, the Police team started brightly, but Ramhlun North FC regained the lead on the 64th minute. A hopeful shot from Lalliansanga from outside the box placed the ball on the Police net.
In the 72nd minute, a handball resulted in the box gave Mizoram Police an opportunity to restore parity. However, Malsawmfela’s weak spot kick was saved by Eddie Zorammawia.
Ramhlun North FC managed to hang on to their lead and renewed their hopes of staying up for next season. They are on 9 points, while Mizoram Police are on 4th spot with 15 points.
Chanmari piles more misery on Electric Veng
Two-time champions Chanmari FC earned a significant victory to keep their playoff spots alive with a 2-0 victory over Electric Veng FC.
Electric Veng FC’s recent form had them gain four points in five matches. They started the brighter of the two with Vanlalremsanga striking the bar early on.
Chanmari FC took the lead in halftime injury time. Emanuel scoring after Electric Veng failed to deal with a corner.
After the break, Isaak Vanlalpeka drew a save from Chanmari FC keeper MS Dawngliana. Meanwhile, Electric Veng custodian, Nunga Hnamte, had to deal with C. Muana’s header. Vanlalbiaa Chhangte also missed a chance to put the match out of reach from Electric Veng.
Chanmari put the match to bed when Jeremy Laldinpuia scored his team’s second in the 86th minute.
The win puts Chanmari on 14 points – one point behind the fourth spot. Electric Veng FC is clinging on the third spot with 17 points.
Crucial win for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC picked up three crucial points to renew hopes of an unlikely comeback from relegation.
The first goal was scored in the 24th minute. The Chawnpui defense failed to clear H. Lalhlimpuia’s freekick. The ball fell kindly for Lalnunpuia who placed the ball into the top corner.
Chawnpui had a chance to equalize soon after going behind. Vanlalthanga was presented with the chance, however, R. Lalhmangaihzuala pulled off a great save to maintain the advantage.
Three minutes before halftime, Bethlehem Vengthlang doubled the lead. C. Lalhmangaiha finishing off Lalmuanzova’s delivery to make it 2-0.
Bethlehem Vengthlang custodian, Lalhmangaihzuala, put on a man of the match performance to keep his side in the game. Vanlalnghenga and Jerry F. Zonunsanga scuffed their chances while Lalthlamuana headed Vanlalthanga’s corner just over the bar. Vanlalthanga also rattled the crossbar from a freekick.
The win puts Bethlehem VT on 8 points – one behind Ramhlun North, while Chawnpui is on 5th place with 14 points.
Chhinga Veng-Aizawl fixture rescheduled to Nov. 19
Owing to Aizawl FC’s commitment to the I-League, the fixture between the two has been rescheduled to November 19th. The match will take place after Round 14 which ends on November 17th.
Crunch time in the Mizoram Premier League
With three matches left in the Mizoram Premier League, it’s all to play for all the teams across the table.
Chhinga Veng FC requires one point to ensure a spot in the playoff spot, while Chawnpui FC will require a win to stay in the hunt for fourth place.
Electric Veng FC will hope to turn around their form when they face Aizawl FC. While Aizawl has the distraction of the I-League, Electric Veng will hope to gain a point or more to maintain their playoff spot.
Ramhlun North FC will aim to keep off the bottom two, while their opponents Chanmari FC will aim to stay in contention of the playoff spots.
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will also strive to stay off the bottom as they face Mizoram Police FC.