Friday , 22 March 2019

Mizoram struggle past resilient Jharkhand

BENAULIM: A goal in the 112th minute by medio Lalnun Tluangi enabled Mizoram register a 4-3 win against Jharkhand and enter the semifinals of Junior Girls National Football Championship 2018-19, in an exciting quarterfinal match played at Trinity grounds, Benaulim on Monday.

The teams played a 2-2 draw in the regulation time. Jharkhand led 2-1 at half time but Mizoram came back strongly in the second half and levelled the score during regulation time.

The match, thereafter, went into extra time and it was the in the 112th minute that Mizoram scored the winner through substitute Lalnun Tluangi.

Jharkhand started the match on a promising note, scoring in the very first minute of play through striker Sharda Kumari, who went on to double the lead in the 15th minute through a free kick.

Mizoram, who regrouped slowly as the proceedings wore on, pulled a goal back in the 45+3 minute through Shital Toppo and then in the second session levelled the score in the 85th minute through captain Grace Lalrampari.

The match then went into the extra time and Mizoram made the score 3-2 in their favour in the 95th minute through defender Lalruatfeli Kullai.

Jharkahand fought back and restored parity in the 98th minute through an Asha Mumari strike, (3-3).

Mizoram scored the match winner in the second half of extra time when substitute Lalnun Tluangi tapped a cross from the right flank to deceive Jharkhand’s brave keeper Guddu Kumari.

The first session largely belonged to Jharkhand who missed four glorious chances. First, Asha Kumari hit the post and then on three counts Sharda Kumari saw her efforts rolling towards the rival goal and missing the mark narrowly.

The second session saw Mizoram coming strongly in great fashion as they played positional and attacking game and with a great fight levelled the score 2-2.

The last ditch efforts of the Jharkhand team proved futile although they came close to finding the mark. The last few minutes of the match saw the momentum swaying from end to end with the tie-breaker appearing inevitable. However, Mizoram held on to their lead and their place in the


Meanwhile, in the other match Manipur defeated Himachal Pradesh 4-1 to make it to the last four.

Manipur striker Thingbaijam Babysana scored a brace, finding the mark in the 68th and 78th minute, while the other two goals were scored by Leimapokpam  Babydolly Devi (27th minute) and Phijam Sanathokpi Devi (33rd minute).

Himachal Pradesh pulled a goal back through Kiran, who found the mark in the 21st minute.

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