Vanguard stuns defending champs Ziekezou; Tewenty-XI beats United 16
Kohima, July 25: Defending champion and current chart toppers, Ziekezou Football Club were left astounded as they faced the first defeat while Twenty-XI Viswema earned full points in today’s matches of the ongoing Kohima Football League-2 organised by Kohima Town Club at Local Ground here.
In the first match, defending champs Ziekezou FC faced humiliating defeat as Vanguard FC came from behind to win the match 2-4.
Ziekezou comfortably scored two goals through Alex Lhouviphrelie (16) and Punürü Nienu (10) in the 12th and 23rd minutes of play. However, slackness in the defence set-up caused them heavily as skipper of Vanguard FC Tseminyu, Yhunshalo Kemp (9) minimized the margin striking an excellent goal in 24th minute and was successful in scoring the equalizer within next two minutes to end the first half.
In the breather half, Mathew Kezhose (5), who played along the defence line in the first match, was ahead as striker and did help the team in scoring a superb goal 62nd minute neatly converting a long cross from Akenyu Kent (18) taking home the lead.
In the 68th minute, Kezhose’s long ranger completed defeated rival custodian Tesinsen Kath (34) sealing the score board with 4-2 win over the league toppers to earn first full point of the tournament.
During the match, the referee penalized Khrukhoto Resu (99) and Keduoneizo Zhale (25) of Ziekezou SC and Sinlo Kent (11) of Vanguard FC for unsporting behavior.
Playing the second match, Twenty-XI Viswema defeated United 16 FC 2-1.
The first half started on equal footing with neither side managing to surpass into the rival nets. However, nine minutes into the second half, Kelengoto James (21) broke the deadlock the 54th minute while captain Metol Neikha (7) made an excellent long ranger stride into the rival nets in 62nd minute to double the margin.
United 16 also took some decisive move to return to the game with Longkhoi’s (7) header missing the mark twice while rival custodian Menuokho-o Ngukha thwarted a target shot from Jonathan Koso (10)
However, coming from the substitute bench Tianuksung (13) headed their only goal in 75th minute.
In the 80th minute, Viho Kin (23) of Twenty XI was sent off the field for sheer unsporting behavior in kicking fallen United 16 defender Krezüo Basew (16), who was also yellow carded for pulling down Kin.
Couple of minutes before the end of stipulated 90 minutes, Twenty-XI found the best opportunity to equalize the score but this time Tianuksung’s shot from the six yard zone went over the cross bar.
Kelengoto James (21) of Twenty XI FC and Manyong (12) of United 16 FC were also penalized for unsporting behavior during the match.
(Page News Service)
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