Aizawl FC were the biggest winners of Round 12 in the Mizoram Premier League. Three out of the four matches ended in draws, which has left the fight for the fourth place and the relegation dogfight unchanged.
FC Venghnuai were on the receiving end of a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of a rampaging Aizawl FC.
Aizawl continue to run riot in the league
FULL TIME: Aizawl FC 5 – 1 FC Venghnuai
Aizawl FC: (Rochharzela 20′, 27′, Remsanga 45′, Isak 60, Ruatsanga 85′ [OG]); FC Venghnuai (Thangzawmsanga 60′)
Aizawl FC have virtually sealed the top spot in the league phase of the 2019 Mizoram Premier League.
Having lost their previous match in an epic encounter which ended 6-5 in favor of Mizoram Police, Aizawl put FC Venghnuai to the sword with a 5-1 scoreline.
This is the fourth consecutive match where Aizawl have scored five goals or higher. They now have scored 34 goals in 12 matches.
The match was a one-sided affair after Rochharzela scored his brace in a span of seven minutes. Lalremsanga added a third on the stroke of half-time, as Aizawl went into the lead with a commanding lead.
Unlike last week, there weren’t any jitters in the Aizawl camp as Isak Vanlalruatfela added a fourth in the 59th minute. Much to Venghnuai’s credit, they did pull a goal back in the very next minute.
The match petered out as the I-League team controlled the tempo of the match. Given their recent form, it was no surprise that Aizawl added a fifth, this time through an own goal off Lalruatsanga.
5-1 and a five point lead over their closest rivals. The top spot of the league stage is all but confirmed.
All square between Mizoram Police and Chhinga Veng
FULL TIME: Chhinga Veng FC 1 – 1 Mizoram Police FC
Chhinga Veng FC: (MC Malsawmzuala 5′); Mizoram Police FC (Lalfakzuala 65′)
The match between Chhinga Veng FC and Mizoram Police ended 1-1 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl. A result which could lead both teams to face each other in the semifinals.
Chhinga Veng took an early lead via their goal-scoring machine – MC Malsawmzuala. A magnificent freekick by the league’s top scorer put Chhinga Veng ahead in the 5th minute.
MC Malsawmzuala came close to adding to his tally. A header struck the crossbar and a shot went wide by inches minutes before halftime.
The best chance of the half for Mizoram Police fell to Lalnunsanga who struck the woodwork earlier in the first half.
Having registered an improbable comeback Aizawl in the previous round, the Police outfit improved after the break.
The pressure resulted in an equalizer on the 65th minute when skipper Lalfakzuala finished off a ball from Malsawmfela.
The Police team almost grabbed a late winner only for the heroics of new goalkeeper Dharminder Guru earning a point for Chhinga Veng FC.
The draw was the best possible result for table-toppers Aizawl FC as the gap between the first and second place widened to five points.
Mizoram Police will now face Ramhlun North FC in round 13, while Chhinga Veng FC will entertain Electric Veng.
Chanmari and Electric Veng miss out against bottom-placed teams
FULL TIME: Ramhlun North FC 0 – 0 Electric Veng FC
Electric Veng and Chanmari are vying for the final semifinal spot. With the two teams on the same number of point, a fixture against bottom-placed teams was the best chance to put the pressure on.
Unfortunately for both teams, the pressure got the better of them.
Electric Veng FC’s poor form continued after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Ramhlun North FC. After a four-match winless run, Electric Veng was expected to pick up three points against the relegation strugglers.
Ramhlun North was soundly beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture. They set out to avoid the same fate this time.
Goalkeeper, Eddie Zorammawia, was busier of the two custodians. However, the 0-0 draw goes a long way in the relegation fight.
FULL TIME: Chawnpui FC 0 – 0 Chanmari FC
Bottom-placed team, Chawnpui FC’s resolute defending frustrated Chanmari in their 0-0 draw.
Going into the match, Chanmari FC’s form was unimpressive, picking up three points in five matches. With the reverse fixture ending 2-0 in favor of Chanmari.
Poor finishing combined with some solid defending ensured that the goalless draw was the only outcome.
Electric Veng face Chhinga Veng in the next round, while Chanmari face a rampaging Aizawl FC.
Ramhlun North face Mizoram Police, while Chawnpui will aim to pick up points against FC Venghnuai.