Shillong, May 15: There were wins today for Umrit SC and Mulait United on an exciting third day of the Meghalaya State League 2023.
Shillong witnessed an action-packed match between Umrit and Seng Samla Laitryngew, which ended 3-1 in the former’s favour at the MFA Turf.
Khimlang Thangkhiew scored first after some frantic action in the box on 26 minutes. Dapborlang Nongrum had tracked back to defend the open Laitryngew goal and managed to hook a shot on target off his own crossbar and into safety. Two Umrit players then went for the ball together and both failed to make contact but Thangkhiew was on hand to attempt a shot of his own but Nongrum had his body behind the ball. However, he could not keep out the second attempt by Thangkhiew.
Wanroyshang Sangma (45’+2, 53′) then notched up a brace of goals on either side of half time. The first saw him run up the left and hit it on the run, perfectly placed up and over the keeper, and the second was a more simple tap-in.
What was appreciated by all the spectators was that Laitryngew refused to give up. They were extremely energetic throughout the match and nearly had a hat-trick hero in Ferenstar Kharkongor. He was blocked by an Umrit defender in the 61st minute, made up for that by scoring in the 68th off a rebound and then was terribly unlucky when another attempt in the 81st clipped the upright.
Meanwhile, we have yet to get a winner in Group D’s Tura, despite two matches being played there, as both games have ended 1-1. Today it was the turn of Selsella Sports Association and Wasa FC to play out a draw at the picturesque Chandmari Ground. The latter got the lead in the first half thanks to a left-footer from Threebirth Momin (37′) and Wasa were almost able to hold on for three points until Selsella equalised in the 86th minute.
Mawkyrwat, the venue for Group C, also witnessed a thrilling draw as the match between Seven United SCC and Lumdiengngan SC ended 2-2 at the MDSA Ground.
Finally, in Jowai, Group B saw Mulait United overturn a one goal deficit to beat Youth Club Pdengkarong 2-1 at the Kiang Nangbah Stadium.
Marshial Nongrum’s cross set up Wanbor Langshiang for the opening goal in the 28th minute, with the latter given acres of space and time to line up his shot from close range. One touch from Bing Chyrmang (32′) was all it took for the equaliser just four minutes later, however, as he tapped in Wardas Dkhar’s cross from the left. Wantiwjune Buam then put Mulait into the lead in the 53rd minute and his team were able to hold on for the victory.
Group A, Shillong – Umkseh SC vs Langsning SC, 3PM
Group B, Jowai – Rangdajied United FC vs Ladthadlaboh SC, 2:30PM
Group C, Mawkyrwat – No matches scheduled
Group D, Tura – Atong Matgrik FC vs Khliehmawlieh YC, 3PM
(Meghalaya Football Association photo. Umrit’s Khimlang Thangkhiew (centre) being congratulated on scoring the first goal)