CPL: CASE FC, Sporting Union win

Dimapur, Oct 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/14/2018 12:20:33 PM IST

Week 4 of the CPL Season 4 saw CASE FC, Joga Bonito, Sporting Union and Natak FC move ahead with wins drawing three points each on Saturday.

Nizams FC were displaced from the top of the table as they were outplayed 1 – 3 by Natak FC to claim the top spot on goal difference. Within minutes of starting the match, Supong beat the Nizams defense to score the opening goal for the Nataks. As the Nizams began to attack, Pele leveled the score. However, in the 22nd minute, a penalty was awarded to Natak FC as the ball struck the hand of a Nizams defender inside the D-box, which Rohit safely converted adding to the tally. As both teams fought hard to take possession and made multiple shots on target, it was Pokhotso who sealed the game for the Nataks with a knuckleball shot which the Nizams custodian failed to save.

Meanwhile, Joga Bonito outshined Ruboo United 5 – 1. As the game progressed, Joga Bonito looked more dangerous in the attack. Joga Bonito went ahead through the boots of Lipok with a powerful curling shot from the edge of the box. Ruboo went looking for an equalizer but could not manage any clear cut chances. After the break, Joga Bonito started attacking more and went 2-0 after Theja placed his shot neatly into the corner of the net. The third goal came from Kaisii from just inside the box. Ruboo pulled a goal back through Lanu. With renewed hope Ruboo went looking for goals but were caught on the counter with Lipok scoring the 4th and 5th goal, completing a wonderful hat-trick.

In the other matches, CASE FC defeated Super Strikers 3 – 1. A beautifully placed shot from Tongtong of CASE FC in the 9th minute gave his team the lead while Abenthung doubled the score in the 23rd minute. Super Strikers player Kevi was shown a yellow card for a harsh tackle just outside the 6-yard box. In the second half, Jamonger sealed the game with a neat chip over the Super Strikers goalie that found the ball inside the net. The lone goal for Super Strikers was scored by Tali as he converted a penalty given for a handball.

Sporting Union beat Trinity Sporting 6 – 3 in entertaining fashion. Three time defending champions Trinity Sporting dominated possession in the first half and scored 3 goals in the opening 25 minutes – two from Viseyie and one from Atokito. However, Sporting Union refused to give up and kept posing a threat on the Trinity goal. Trinity were reduced to 10 men after their keeper was sent off for handling the ball just outside the box. Anal started the resurrection for Sporting Union in the 50th minute with a well worked goal. A stunning dipping long range effort was scored by Huka in the 54th minute. The comeback was completed in the 65th minute by Repakum after a surging run by the tireless centre back Talisunep of Sporting Union, who slipped a sublime through ball. By now the Trinity defense was all at sea. To rub salt to wound, Sporting Union just would not sit back and pumped in three more goals in the last 5 minutes through brilliant defense splitting passes.

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