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20th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy: Defending champs Centurion FC enters final with Chang’s solitary goal

Kohima, October 16: Defending champion Centurion Football Club, Kohima Village today remained unbeaten to enter into the final of the 20th edition of NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy organized by Angami Students at Local Ground here.
Playing a close-shave match, the defenders Centurion FC defeated visitors Medziphema Town Youth Organisation (MTYO) by a solitary goal scored in the 10th minute Hanglen Chang (6).
Dominating the game, Centurion FC got another opportunity within the next two minutes but MTYO custodian Neithovilie Chalieu neatly thwarted a shot of skipper Khriese Terhujah (7). Thereafter, Centurion defender Vikethozo Zhotso (4) was yellow carded for pulling down rival forward Visalie Mezhü just outside the danger zone. The subsequent free kick taken by Khriese barely missed the second post in 14th minute.
Another yellow card was penalized against captain of Centurion FC Seyyiekhrituo Suohu for direct tackle in 16th minute.
In the 24th minute, MTYO midfielder Visalie’s corner kick was directed to the nets but Centurion custodian Medophrezo Kezieo leaped to push it away to be cleared by defenders. The very next moment the crowed roared to the second goal of Centurion as Shürhosul Zhotso (18) found the nets off a cross from Yhunshalo Kemp (8) but the assistant referee’s flag was up for an off side.
Three minutes before the lemon break, MTYO left out Zumzum Punyü made a long cross for skipper Khriese but despite the stretched effort his shot lacked direction to end the first.
In the second half, a free kick from Alfred Chawang was punched for a corner by custodian. MTYO skipper didn’t have the touch in today’s match as his shot in 50th minute supported by a pass from Yavi Vüpru lacked direction.
In an exciting moment, custodian Neithovilie made two brilliant saves of Yhunshalo and Chang from inside the box. It was the custodian remaining alert for MTYO and thwarting Chang’s another attempt in 60th minute.
However, in the 71st minute a free kick from Centurion captain Seyikhrietuo was headed into the nets by Shürhosul but the referee denied it for an offside which created controversy delaying the match proceedings for more than 25 minutes. Nonetheless, with the involvement of the technical committee, the match resumed normally in good spirit for the defending champions to book the berth in the final of NSF trophy for the second consecutive time.
In the four minutes injury added time, MTYO custodian Neithovilie was cautioned with a yellow card for arguing against the decision of the referee.
2nd SF on Oct 17 at 1:30 PM:
Meriema Village Youth Organisation vs Viswemi FC Viswema
(Page News Service)

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