Substitute Ginlal's winning goal gave the Manipur State League team Symropia Football Club a perfect state to the ongoing Len and Sang Trophy 2022 at Kangpokpi as the Churachandpur side defeated Manipur Terrier Imphal 2-1.
Meanwhile, Usham Robertson Singh's multiple brilliant saves helped Youth Organization Sporting Club (YOSC) Khurai hold MSL league Sagolband United to a goalless draw.
The first half of the group C encounter between Symropia and Manipur Terrier Imphal ended in a goalless draw with both teams struggling to find an opener.
However, Churachandpur's side had a brilliant comeback in the second half to break the deadlock after Lalremsiem found the opener in the 65th minute.
But the Army team unleashed strong pressure on the Churachandpur side to find an early equalizer through Th. Premchand Singh's 71st-minute goal, who now has seven goals in the tournament.
Symropia's officials made a perfect change after Manipur Terrier's equalizer and sent in substitute Ginlal who found the winning goal in the 75th minute to help the Churachandpur side to a narrow 2-1 win over the army team.
Despite the heated game, AMFA referee Ajit Singh was seen conducting the match coolly as the central referee but he was compelled to issue four cautions, two each from both teams, Helsaunpao (56'), Paumaun (84') of Symropia, Mungreichan (44'), Ibotomba (61') of Manipur Terrier for their unsporting behavior.
The group D encounter between the AMFA Cup team Youth Organization Sporting Club (YOSC) Khurai and the MSL League team, Sagolband United, serenely conducted by an experienced AMFA referee M. Inao Singh, ended in a goalless draw.
YOSC Khurai's custodian Usham Robertson Singh's multiple brilliant saves helped the AMFA Cup team hold the MSL team to a goalless draw.
The MSL team Sagolband United had multiple chances through its playmaker, Subhash, a former ISL player, but were denied by the strong defensive line and the brilliant custodian of YOSC Khurai, Usham Robertson Singh.
Similarly, YOSC Khurai also got a few chances to score but could not convert them. The central referee M. Inao Singh booked YOSC player MD Rohit in the 50th minute for his unsporting behavior.
On Wednesday, Saikotjang Youth Club will play AMFA Cup team Kuki Sporting Club in a group A encounter in the first match while Gorkha XI Manipur will take on Taphou Football in a group D encounter in the second match.