IMPHAL | Apr 8
Yarkhok United Football Club, Ukhrul lifted the champion title beating Ganggam Soccer Club, Churachandpur by 8-7 goals during kicks from penalty mark in the Thangjam Birachandra-Maipakpi Memorial 23rd Winner’s Cup 2019 played at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.
The electrifying final match saw both teams locked up with 3-3 goals during normal time, resulting to the penalty shootout. With the win, Yarkhok United Football Club, Ukhrul and Ganggam Soccer Club have qualified to participate in the Manipur State League.
Ganggam SC started the offensive quite early with Changneihen Serto providing the lead in the 4th minute from a free kick. Enjoying the upper hand with cheers from its fan, Gangnam SC moved ahead with K.Lalrintluanga connecting a perfect header to the goal in 30th minute off a cross from Crispin Kamson to post 2-0 goals.
Yarkhok United FC which has been trailing behind, rushed things up in the final moment of the first half with SR Kagaly Anal, collecting a pass from Chanso Horam, slammed home his team opening goal in the 42nd minute to make it 1-2 goals in the first half period.
With new vigour, Yarkhok United FC swarmed out in the second half and it was Somy Ragui which came up with the equaliser from a free kick in the 55th minute with the ball rolling in between the leg of Ganggam SC keeper to level 2-2 goals.
Boosted with the new found confidence, Yarkhok United continued the onslaught and leap ahead from a penalty in the 63rd minute after Khangathar Tugshangnao was brought down by Ganggam player Jefferson Rahmluosang. SR Kagaly Anal made no mistake in converting to the goal for the lead.
Yarkhok United FC which was almost running away with the victory, got their shock when Ganggam SC in a frenzy attack came up with the equaliser from Haulallawm Vaiphei who scored in the 90 plus 3 minute off a cross from Crispin Kamson to level 3-3 goals in the final whistle, resulting to the kicks from penalty mark.
In the penalty shootout, Yarkhok United FC converted all five kicks from Somy Ragui, Shunjanthan Ragui, Chanso Horam, PK Ngachonhor and SR Kagaly Anal while for Ganggam SC managed to push home four goals through Lunghunhao Sitlhou, Changneihen Serto, Jangneithang Khongsai, Jafferson Ramhlousang while Crispin Kamson shot was saved by keeper Hmangte Damkhupreng.
Ganggam SC players Boisen Neihsiel, Changneihen Serto and Yarkhok United FC player Mingon Chihang, SR Kagaly Anal got yellow card in the match.