Mathani guided Kamjong district into the quarter final beating Pherzawl 3-0 goals in the 2nd State Games for Men Football 2022 organised by the Manipur Olympic Association and executed by AMFA at Artificial Turf, Lamlong Thongkhong.
The duration of 40 minute of first half play saw both teams struggling for the goals but in resumption of the second half, Mathani got loose and made the strikes in 43rd, 53rd and 63 minute to bring up his hattrick goals for the victory today.
Senapati District also made it to the last eight stages of the tournament beating Bishnupur District by 2-1 goals. M Rakhe Veiche scored both the goals for Senapati team while the lone goal for Bishnupur was made by S Subash.
Ukhrul District drubbed Jiribam District by 10-0 goals to sail into the quarter final as well. Lungsung, Rungsung scored three goals each while Shom Rongui, Ragui Shimrah, Yami Conguah and RK Rezat fetched a goal each.
Churachandpur District also made it to the quarter final, beating Chandel District by 5-1 goals. Seiminthang struck two goals for Churachandpur while teammates Manglieboy, S Kamthian John and Letminlian chipped in with a goal each. The lone goal for Chandel was scored by SK Bunghong.
Thoubal District edged out Tengnoupal District by 9-8 goals during kicks from penalty marks after both teams were locked with 3-3 goals each during normal time play, to move into the quarter final as well.
Meanwhile, Bishnupur District thrashed Chandel District by 8-0 goals to enter the semi final of the 2nd State Games for Women's Football 2022 played at SAI Ground, Takyelpat.
The Bishnupur team were far more superior in their attacking power as they opened the goal account from the very first minute with A Roja Devi giving the lead and went on to add another goal in the 13th minute. M Nandeshwari scored two more goals while O Babita and Th Sanjita Devi fetched one goal each. Chandel players Vinginia and Merylyn conceded a goal each in favour of the Bishnupur team.
In the other matches, Kakching District blanked Kangpokpi by 5-0 goals while Imphal West District beat Churchandpur District by 3-1 goals and Imphal East District beat Thoubal District by 3-2 goals to book their semi final berth.