Shillong, Nov 28: Meghalaya concluded their Group A campaign of the Sub-Junior National Football Championship final round unbeaten after playing out a 1-1 draw with Odisha in Kalyani, West Bengal, today.

Meghalaya had already secured a place in the semifinal round after winning their opening three fixtures and coach Jefferey Warlarpih took the opportunity to give starts to a couple of players for the first time today.

Odisha broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with a header and this was the first time that Meghalaya had conceded first in the final round. They were behind for around 30 minutes until Baniatyllilang Mawkhiew brought down a chip expertly, steered his way past two defenders and then unleashed a strong left-footer that went past the Odisha goalkeeper in the 67th minute to find the equaliser.

This was the third match in a row in which Mawkhiew has scored.

As the first-placed team in Group A, Meghalaya will take on the runners-up of Group B (to be decided tomorrow) in the first semifinal on Sunday.

(Meghalaya Football Association file photo)

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