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Independence Day Football Tournament 2016 Champions Aizawl FC

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016

Aizawl FC Champion of the Independence Day Football Tournament 2016

Summary

Aizawl FC started their 2016-2017 Season on the right path, the I-League Club became Champions of the Independence Day Football Tournament 2016 winning on penalty shootout after a hard fought ninety minutes of play for a 1-1 draw. With this win Aizawl FC defended their title and became consecutive champions of the Independence Day Football Tournament.

 

Both teams struggled under the humid weather, but conditions were better after a heavy down pour during the game.

 

The first goal of the game came in the second half as Ramhlun North FC’s Lalruatfela nods the ball home from close range.

 

Bright Mends equalised three minutes after the ninety minutes are played, pushing the game into extra time.

 

Aizawl FC won on penalties after seven players from both teams took the shot for a 7-6 victory over the newly promoted Ramhlun North FC.

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Who’s Playing?

Formation: 4-4-2

Starting eleven:

GK – Op-a

LB – Ricky

LCB – Chullova

RCB – Ruatthara

RB – Rinzuala

LCM – Rohminga

RCM – Bta

LW – Brandon

RW – Albert

LF – William

RF – Bright Mends

 

Aizawl FC’s Head Coach K.Malsawmkima didn’t make much change from his side that won against Shillong Lajong FC in the Semi-Final. William Lalnunfela starts for the first time to pair up with Bright Mends at the front.

 

The First Half

 

The stadium is packed, fans are shouting non-stop for their teams.

 

The match started of slow as both teams knew the need to defend, the humidity too must add to the number of passing errors and slow game.

 

Aizawl FC’s Albert darted down the right wing, floats a ball in for Bright Mends but the Ghanaian failed to direct his shot on target.

 

Aizawl FC continued their pressure, forward William receives the ball in the middle, did a one-two pass with Albert and then lays the ball for Bta, but the defensive midfielder sends his shot over the woodwork.

 

Ramhlun North FC too continued to look dangerous on the counter, but nothing hard to deal with for our defenders. It’s been easy going for keeper Lalawmpuia.

 

At the end of the first half the teams are even at 0-0, the energy at the pitch don’t live up to the level of energy on both stands.

 

The Second Half

 

Aizawl FC dictated most of the first half, it’s a different story in the second half. Ramhlun North FC plays their winger wide in the second half, stretching our backline on number of occasions.

 

The newly promoted Ramhlun North FC even scored a goal, only to be called off for an offside.

 

The weather changed direction as the match have to be paused due to thick fog followed by a heavy rainfall. The rain regenerates the players but the slippery surface kept gameplay on the difficult side.

 

Ramhlun North FC scored the first goal of the match in the 76th minute from a corner kick, Lalruatfela was in the right place to tap the ball home from close range. It would seem that Aizawl FC had a hard time dealing with corner kicks as the team had conceded from the corner kick in three games.

 

Bright Mends was on the spotlight a few minutes later as he raced clear to strike the long ball from B. Thara, the striker had his effort denied by the woodwork.

 

Ramhlun North FC defended deep as the minutes tick away and played their delay tactics too, their fans are shouting loud, chanting "Hu Hu Hu”.

 

90+3mins – Bright Mends to the rescue.

With only one minute of play remaining in the added minutes, Bright Middleton Mends scored the equaliser as he heads the ball home off a ball from Chullova, pushing the game into extra-time.

 

The teams show signs of fatigue in the extra-time and failed to score a goal, the winner have to be decided by a penalty kick.

 

The penalty shootout

 

The match started slow but as we near the end of the game the level on tension was immense among both fans. No one inside the stadium can handle their nerves during the penalty shootout.

 

Aizawl FC took the first penalty kick, experienced player Chullova steps up to take the first penalty kick for his team, the defender calmly slots the ball past the keeper.

 

It was even-steven till six rounds of penalty kick as all players who took the penalty shot scored for their teams.

 

Aizawl FC’s defender Lalruatthara takes the seventh shot and scores, Ramhlun North FC’s striker Vanrammawia takes the seventh for his team, the striker looks calm and composed but sends the ball wide.

 

It’s done and decided, Aizawl FC won 7-6 on penalties. It’s a hard fought championship, like an answered prayer, when all seemed lost the team equalised and when it comes to a test of character in the penalties the team persevered and prevailed. Thank be to God for the Championship.

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