Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NEOG 2022: Nagaland beat Arunachal 2-0


Nagaland (Group 2) and Manipur (Group 1) began their campaigns in the Second North East Olympic Games’ U-21 men’s football competition with victories, beating Arunachal Pradesh 2-0 and Assam 3-0 respectively at the MFA Turf, Third Ground, Polo, here on Monday.
Nagaland scored on either side of half time for a 2-0 result in Group 2. The goals were scored by Pursunep (16’) and Thulunso Yimchunger (51’). Arunachal also had their chances and played good football but lacked a little in finishing.
Manipur and Assam played the early morning match where the 2nd NEOG 2022 Co-Chairman and Commissioner and Secretary, Dr Vijay Kumar D, and Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shivansh Awasthi, were present to greet the players.
Manipur opened their account via Seigoumang Doungel (45’+2) in first half stoppage time, but then took the game away in the second session thanks to Haokholen Kipgen (66’P) and Doungel (74’) again.
Kipgen scored through a penalty, which he had two chances to take. The first was blocked by the Assam goalkeeper but one of his team mates had moved before the ball was kicked and the penalty had to be retaken and this time Kipgen did not let the keeper near the ball.
Meghalaya started the 2nd North East Olympic Games’ football competition in the best way possible, with a commanding 6-1 victory over Sikkim in their U-21 men’s Group 2 match at the MFA Turf, Third Ground, Polo, here on Monday.
Dajiedlang Wanshnong produced a hat-trick (23′, 32′, 53′) for Meghalaya, while substitute Wadajied Kynsai Ryngkhlem (90’+3, 90’+4) added a brace and Oresterwell Langshiang (90’+5) one goal as the hosts scored three times in a hectic stoppage time. Sikkim’s lone goal was scored by Swarneem Gurung in the 66th minute.
Sikkim did well early on to hold Meghalaya off but the deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute when Figo Syndai’s shot was pushed into the air by Sikkim goalkeeper Sushil Limboo and Wanshnong headed it in. His second strike was a stunning long range shot that curled up and over the goalie.
Just before half-time Gurung had his first good attempt but Meghalaya custodian Banshanskhem Kharsyntiew made a brilliant dive to his right to effect a save.
Another cracker of a goal early in the second half earned Wanshnong his hat-trick before Gurung pulled one back for Sikkim, which gave their vocal supporters in the stands something to really cheer about.
Just when it looked like the match would end 3-1 in the hosts’ favour, the floodgates opened, with Ryngkhlem netting two and Langshiang, another substitute, blasting the ball to make it 6-1 for Meghalaya.
Tuesday will see the beginning of the U-17 women’s competition, with Manipur facing Assam at 11am in Group 1 followed by Mizoram versus Meghalaya at 3:30pm in Group 2.

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