Women Football: Imphal East District will take on Imphal West District to determine the champion team of the 2nd State Games for Women Football 2022 at SAI Ground, Takyelpat at 12.30 pm on Sunday.
In the semi final matches, Imphal East had a smooth sail as they faced little resistance from Kakching District and took great strides in taking the lead in the first half by 2-0 goals and later wrapped up the match by 3-1 goals for the victory.
S Rinaroy Devi put Imphal East ahead when she headed home the opening goal in 14 minute and later Y Kiran Devi dazzled with her moves to strike twice in 26 minute and 36 minute, to dominate the match.
However Kakching District pulled back one goal with Ksh Margaret finding the net in 51 minute, but proved late to save them from elimination. Imphal East player Ph Nirmala got yellow card in the match.
In the other semi final, Imphal West District got the better of Bishnupur District by 8-7 goals during kicks from penalty marks after both teams were tied with 3-3 goals each.
The match proved to be a hotly contested game as neither team provided room for errors. Imphal West got the break from Ksh.Noacha in 2 minute but Bishnupur were quick to reply with M.Nandeshowri fetching the equaliser in 8 minute to tally the first half with 1-1 goals.
The Bishnupur team who were more on the prowling attitude, increased the margin when Th Sanjita in 44 minute and A.Roja Devi in 56 minute scored. Imphal West maintained their composure and with a positive approach, they fetched rich dividend when Ch.Binomala scored in 54 minute and 63 minute to draw parity to the scoreline by 3-3 goals, needing a kick from penalty mark to decide the finalist.
Imphal West District converted all five kicks while Bishnupur managed only four to the goal, for the sad exit.
Men Football: Churachandpur District edge out Ukhrul District by 5-3 goals during penalty shootout to sail into the semi final of 2nd State Games for Men Football 2022 played at Artificial Turf, Lamlong Thongkhong.
In the other quarter final matches, Imphal West District beat Kangpokpi District by a solitary goal while Imphal East District beat Kamjong District by 2-1 goals and Kakching District beat Tamenglong District by 3-2 goals, to book their semi final berth.