Songpu hattrick fires KFA into Thadou Trophy semifinals as Dr NMT thrash FC Concord

Our Correspondent
KANGPOKPI, Apr 28: With another hattrick, an emerging football player from Kangpokpi, Songpu Singsit shone in Kuki Football Academy's win over Haipi Youth Athletics in the ongoing Thadou Trophy at Saparmeina public ground today.
Songpu Singsit's hattrick in the 39th, 41st and 74th(P) before Haokholen's 81st minute goal, gave the Kuki Football Academy a 4-3 win over the Haipi side and the semi-final berth.
The Haipi Youth Athletics also played well despite a narrow loss as Mangpi (59th), Ngambom (66th) and Sesem (76th) scored against the KFA.
In the second quarterfinal match, Dr Nehginpao Memorial Team beat FC Concord to book a berth in the semifinal round as a prominent ISL player from Manipur, Jackichand took a pivotal role.
The appearance of Jackichand drew a mammoth crowd during the match. An early 3rd-minute goal from Robinson before Lalminlun's 52nd strike and Lalsiem's 90th minute goal gave Dr Nehginpao Memorial Team the second semifinal berth as the contender FC Concord managed to score a single goal through veteran striker S Tuboi in the 86th minute.
The Legends will play the third quarterfinal match with Leikot Area Youth Organization on Friday while the last quarterfinal match will be played between TSA Sadar Hills and HMLT K Gamnomphai.