By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, May 25 : TRAU FC who have already pocketed the Second Division League title in their previous tie missed out on a clean sweep of final round after they went down 1-2 to Chhinga Veng FC in the penultimate match today at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.
Malsawmzuala and U-22 forward Lalliansanga did the scoring for the visitors in the first half itself while the lone goal for the league champions of the season was netted by in form U-22 striker Ngangbam Naocha in the second half before the two sides were reduced to 10-men in the 73rd minute following a series of fouls.
TRAU FC failed to live upto its billing as some tactical changes in the line up were made and Chhinga Veng FC dominated the earlier proceedings taking advantage of the defence line which looked a bit unorganised.
TRAU FC were lucky to have survive the earlier pressure from Chhinga Veng FC but had to pay the price of its poor defence set up in the 33rd minute when Malsawmzuala MC beat past custodian Mithun Samonto before Lalliangsanga doubled the lead in the 40th minute. With TRAU FC unable to give a befitting reply, the first half ended 2-0 in favour of the visitors.
The home team however upped their ante with a serious approach after the break and their effort gave them a reason to celebrate when Ngangbam Naocha found the net in the 66th minute.
The match then started to see some intense moments as the home team tried hard to draw level and the Mizoram side searched for more goals. The game took an ugly turn in the 73rd minute as serious foul surfaced and two players involved, TRAU's defender Shahabaaz and Chhinga Veng FC's striker Malsawmzuala (double caution), were sent off simultaneously by the referee.
TRAU FC almost had the equaliser in the 77th minute but Princewill Emeka who was missing his strike partner Joseph Mayowa failed to make his effort count eventually allowing Chhinga Veng FC which were beaten 3-1 at their home ground, seal the game 2-1.
The result however had no effect on TRAU's position in the tally as they team earlier amassed 15 points from 3 away and 2 home matches to claim the league title and a promotion to next edition's I Ieague.
Chhinga Veng FC, Mizoram on the other hand finished second with 13 points from 4 wins and 1 draw.
Princewill Emeka of TRAU FC and Lalliansanga of Chhinga Veng FC were yellow carded by the referee in the 51st and the 79th minute respectively.