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Aizawl FC 2-1 Chanmari West FC

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016

Aizawl FC 2-1 Chanmari West FC
Aizawl FC is through to the Semi-Final rounds of Independence Day Football Tournament 2016 courtesy an own goal by Chanmari West FC’s Lalmuansanga and a goal from the penalty spot by Lalramchullova.
Chanmari West FC came with all their guns blazing as the west warriors needed a win to seal their berth at the semi-final, while Aizawl FC needed anything better than a defeat to play the semi-final.
Defending Champions Aizawl FC drew first blood with an own goal by Lalmuansanga in the 29th minute following a ricochet from the low cross by Aizawl FC’s Captain Albert Zohmingmawia.
Aizawl FC doubled their lead in the 60th minute from a penalty kick after Ghanaian forward Bright Mends was brought down inside the box, Lalramchullova had no problem sending the goal keeper in the opposite direction.
Laldampuia pulled one back in the 82nd minute from the penalty spot but the west warriors were unable to score the amount of goals they need before the end of the game.
Who’s Playing?
Formation: 4-4-2
Starting Eleven:
GK     - Opa
LB     - Ricky
LCB    - Chullova
RCB     - Lalṭhakima
RB     - Rinzuala
LCM     - Bta
RCM     - B Thara
LW     - Brandon
RW     - Albert (C)
LF     - Mends
RF    - Remsanga

Goalkeeper Lalawmpuia is back in the starting eleven after missing a game, Lalremsanga too started for the second time after sitting out the match against Chhinga Veng FC, Lalruatthara who missed the game due to a stacking yellow card was replaced by Lalṭhakima in the middle of the back line. Lalbiakthanga and B. Zoramthara paired up in the middle of the pitch with Brandon on the left wing and Albert on the right wing.
Aizawl FC Academy graduate Lalremsanga paired with Ghanaian forward Bright Mends at the front to form the vanguard of Aizawl FC.
The First Half
Chanmari West FC get the ball rolling in the first half and was the better team during the early minutes of the game, speedster Laldanmawia raced the length of the pitch, beating winger Brandon on the way for a 1v1 with keeper Lalawmpuia, the winger drives his shot low at the near post but Op-a was fast enough to keep his goal safe.
Chanmari West FC continued to threaten Aizawl FC’s goal, Lianzama wasted his chance infront of goal while Laldanmawia too failed to score at an open goal twice in a row.
Albert Zohmingmawia drifts at the right wing, cuts in with the ball and delivers a powerful low cross, goalkeeper Lalmalsawma dealt with the cross but was unable to get it to safety, the ball ricochets and fell to Lalmuansanga who taps it to his own goal.
The Second Half
After the break the team under pressure is Chanmari West FC, the west warriors have to outscore their opponent to play the semi-final, attacking Aizawl FC’s goal is their only option.
Aizawl FC started the second half better than the first half and were able to dictate play at the middle of the park with Bta and B Thara orchestrating the rhythm and pace of Aizawl FC’s game.
The men in red doubled their fifteen minutes after the restart, Lalremsanga receives the ball near the centre circle, finds his striking partner Bright Mends inside the box, but the Ghanaian was fouled from behind resulting in a penalty kick. Lalramchullova delivers from the penalty spot to give his team a much needed two goal cushion.
Chanmari West FC’s Laldampuia pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute and came close to scoring the equaliser in the following minutes, but Aizawl FC’s backline stood tall to all the challenges they faced till the end of the game for a 2-1 victory.

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