IMPHAL, Sep 14: Last year MSL finalists FC Zalen went down to Durand Cup finalists NEROCA FC 1-0 in a high voltage clash today in the ongoing 11th Manipur State League at Mapal Kangjeibung.
After losing the Durand Cup final to Army Green on penalty last week, NEROCA FC asserted their presence in the MSL before a record turnout of enthusiasts today.
Ng Ronald came off the bench to deliver NEROCA FC a stunning smash-and-grab win over FC Zalen.
Both sides made perfect start as they tried to manoeuvre each move against each other. NEROCA FC enjoyed the majority of possession and were in control of the game. NEROCA FC also found many opportunities but could not convert them.
None of the teams could make any breakthrough by the end of the first half.
After the breather, both teams surged and upped their ante to break the deadlock. However, the score-line remained unaltered until Ng Ronald came off the bench and found his target in the 88th minute. FC Zalen were sent scurrying to find the equaliser but couldn’t find one.