Shillong Premier League 2021-22: Nangkiew Irat shock Mawlai in exhausting fought draw

Shillong, Aug 18: For the second time this season, Nangkiew Irat SC got here from two objectives down to attract 2-2, this time towards leaders Mawlai SC of their OC Blue Shillong Premier League 2021-22 match at Third Floor, Polo, right here on Thursday.

Mawlai’s Manbha Iawphniaw (proper) prepares to take a shot

Donlad Diengdoh opened Mawlai’s account within the eighth minute whereas Manbha Iawphniaw transformed a penalty within the thirty seventh. Shaibor Nongrum (63’) then scored for Nangkiew earlier than an personal aim within the 86th minute equalised proceedings. That is the second time that Nangkiew Irat have overcome a 2-0 deficit at half time to attract 2-2, after having accomplished so towards Ryntih SC on 26 July.

The sport was initially scheduled for 4 August however needed to be postponed on account of heavy rain on the day.

These two sides opened the present season of the OC Blue SPL again on 15 June in a sport that led to Mawlai’s favour 2-0. Coming into Thursday’s fixture, league leaders Mawlai had 22 factors from eight video games, whereas sixth-placed Nangkiew Irat had 9. There was no motion within the desk because of the draw.

In a match of contrasting halves, Mawlai had been clearly the dominant aspect within the first 45 minutes however appeared uncharacteristically sluggish within the second. That is solely the second time in 9 video games that the desk toppers have didn’t win.

The competition started disastrously for Nangkiew Irat, after goalkeeper Bobbyson Nongtdu fouled an opponent within the field in solely the second minute after failing to take care of a again move. Nevertheless, Brolington Warlarpih’s spot kick was saved by the custodian, who punched it strongly away from hazard.

Minutes later, although, Mawlai had been to not be denied, with Diengdoh scoring off a rebound after Iawphniaw’s first shot was blocked by Nongtdu.

Iawphniaw would then go on to attain after Mawlai earned a second penalty; he was toppled over within the field by Overkindness Lyngdoh Mawnai and stepped as much as take the shot himself, which he put away with ease low to the appropriate of Nongtdu, who guessed the improper manner. This aim put Iawphniaw on 7 for the season, joint highest with Langsning’s Shano Tariang.

Nangkiew Irat had a few openings within the first half however solely by way of free-kicks. Although they had been each on the right track, Mawlai goalie Neithovilie Chalieu had them each coated.

The second half was completely different, with Nangkiew Irat taking the assault to Mawlai. Ten minutes in, Chanmitre Thma virtually had their first aim however Chalieu palmed the left-footer over the crossbar.

Nevertheless, Chalieu later gathered what the referee judged to have been a again move, although Mawlai contested this. That led to an oblique free-kick from the six-yard field, which Nangkiew Irat intentionally smashed into the wall, permitting Nongrum to attain from the rebound.

That was sufficient to elevate Nangkiew’s spirits they usually stored coming at their opponents. Chalieu conceded a second oblique free-kick within the eightieth minute when he held on to a ball for too lengthy however this time Nangkiew Irat’s ways (completely different from their first try) didn’t bear fruit.

The equaliser took place after Apborlang Kurbah hoicked the ball from the sideline into the Mawlai field. Nongrum’s shot was blocked however the ball then got here off a Mawlai defender and went into the again of the online.

On Friday, backside aspect Mawkhar SC (2 factors) will tackle third-placed Rangdajied United FC (15) at 4pm. The 2 groups had performed out a 1-1 draw within the reverse fixture on 18 June.

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