Khliehriat, Dec 14: Reduced to 10 men late in the game, Sutnga held Rangdajied United to a 0-0 draw at the Teilang Phawa Stadium in Khliehriat today in the first leg of the second semifinal of the Meghalaya State League 2019.
An exciting encounter saw the Groups B (Sutnga) and C (Rangdajied) toppers battle it out in front of around 3,000 fans but the teams could not find a goal.
Several good chances were created in each half, with Sutnga perhaps having the best of those and they were well-supported by the spectators. Rangdajied could not get past the formidable Sutnga defence and this was the first time in MSL 2019 in which they were unable to score.
With around 10 minutes left on the clock, Sutnga’s Shaibor Nongrum was sent off with a direct red card after insulting the referee and his team had to hold off RUFC for the remaining minutes a man down.
Rangdajied will now have to hope for a better performance when the second leg takes place in Mawkyrwat on 17th December, while Sutnga, who have scored the fewest goals of any team in the last-four stage will aim for an upset.
(Meghalaya Football Association photo. Sutnga’s Pynshongdor Shadap was named man-of-the-match)