Imphal, Aug. 27: A solitary goal by M. Ibochou Singh ensured that North Eastern Re-Organisation and Cultural Association edged past Youth Welfare Club to fetch three points in the 3rd Manipur State League, 2008 at Khabeisoi in Imphal East today.
North Eastern Re-Organisation team tasted defeat in the opening match of the league in the hands of defending champions North Imphal Sporting Association by 3-1 goals three days back. But today it seemed a resurgent North Eastern team as they dominated the entire 90 minutes of the match.
After a goalless first half, both teams went for the kill in the second half. The North Eastern men had the edge as they came up with the goal in the 52nd minute from M. Ibochou Singh to cling on to the solitary lead for the win today.
Referee Magho Singh booked three Youth Welfare Club players, Lanrailung Pamei, L. Sumin Singh and P. Ajit Singh, followed by T. Ajit Kumar of North Eastern with yellow cards.
In the other matches, Henkhosuon Touthang delivered the lone winning goal for Tiddim Road Athletic Union against Eastern Sporting Union today.
North Imphal Sporting Union registered their second win against New Lamka Youth Club by 3-1 goals at Sekmai ground. S. Herojit Singh struck twice for North Imphal while S. Bikram Singh added one goal. For the New Lamka team, Ginthialal proved the only resistance scoring the lone goal in the first half.
The remaining three matches involving Southern Sporting Union against All Moirang Football Association, United Sporting Association versus Manipur Police Sports Club and the last one between Tiddim Road Unique Gamy Players Union and Phoudel Youth Club ended in a goalless draws today.
District Sports Association, Kakching humbled District Sports Association, Churachandpur by 4-2 goals in the 12th under-15 boys’ Inter-District Football Tournament at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex today.
The better part of the first half was a midfield tussle, but the Kakching team finally opened its goal account with a corner kick.
Y. Sindas took the corner and found A. Somorendro who gave the final tap to the goal in the 24th minute. Five minutes later, the increased pace paid off for Kakching as S. Bhumeshor Singh, running on the left goal line, made a clean pass to M. Somananda Singh who banged it home to give a 2-0 lead in the first half.
In the second half, the Churchandpur boys came up with a goal in the 40th minute, when a Kakching defender tried for a clearance but instead hit the back of Suanlin and the ball rolled into the net.
But the Kakching boys in the 55th minute, added a third goal from a free kick at the penalty edge. Skipper Stephen Touthang scored with a powerful kick to get the score to 2-3. S. Bhumeshor Singh solo run got them the fourth goal in the 82nd minute to take the match by 4-2 goals.