Awungtang and Viewland book their berths for finals in the First Luira Veteran Cup 2022


Ukhrul: In the first semi final, Awungtang beat Wino 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Ningshaipam Rumthao. The striker, who also scored a brace in their quarter final clash against Greenland opened the scoring 16 minutes into the game latching on to a fine pass from AH. Thotmaton. Ningshaipam doubled Awungtang’s advantage 10 minutes later, this time making the most of a miscommunication between two Wino defenders to slot home from three yards out.

Wino came into the second half looking much stronger and pinned Awungtang in their own half restricting to a few counters. Their efforts, however, were thwarted by the excellent Shangreihao Chiphang who made a flurry of fantastic saves in the Awungtang goal. Wino did get a goal back through Thinganing Phinao in the 60th minute but it only turned out to be a consolation for Wino.

Erstwhile, in the second Semi Final match that was played between Viewland and Meizailung, Viewland started with great attacking impetus and got a penalty for their efforts. M. Yarmi stepped up to covert the spot kick and give Viewland the lead inside the first five minutes. Meizailung pressed on for an equaliser and had a few good half chances but went into half time a goal behind.

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Viewland stepped up their ante in the second half and doubled their lead through Ngashanhao Sareo ten minutes after the restart. Meizailung had a golden opportunity three minutes from time to half the deficit and launch a comeback but the shot went wide off the far post. Viewland held on to their lead to set a date with Awungtang on the 19th.

Awungtang and Viewland will now face off each other on 19th of February for the final at 1:00 pm at Mission Ground, Ukhrul.

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