Shillong, Sep 14: Umphyrnai won the second semifinal of the Second Division and gained promotion to next season’s First Division with a sensational 3-2 victory over Laitkor at the JN Stadium here today.
Umphyrnai stormed into a 2-0 lead by the 10th minute after Damanglang Kharbyngar (8′) and Maxaustin Wanswett (10′) put them ahead.
Laitkor then came back into the contest in the second half thanks to goals from Euvasius Mawthoh (63′) and Samborwell Mynsong (65′) to make it a truly engaging contest for the thousands of fans from both sides.
Rudolf Shadap then headed in a cross to restore Umphyrnai’s lead in the 72nd minute.
There was a slight bust-up between the rival spectators in the second half, but quick intervention by police nipped it in the bud.
Laitkor finished at the top of Group B with 15 points, while Umphyrnai were runners-up in Group A with 13.
The final between Nongthymmai and Umphyrnai will be held on 21st September in the JN Stadium at 3PM.