Viswemi FC in Martyrs’ Trophy final

Viswemi FC in Martyrs’ Trophy final
Players of Viswemi FC and MVYO Meriema fight for the ball during the second semi-final match of NSF Martyrs’ Trophy on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/17/2019 12:33:26 PM IST

Viswemi FC outclassed 19th edition finalist MVYO Meriema 2-1 in the second semifinal match of the ongoing 20th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2019 played at Kohima local ground. They will now face defending champions Centurion FC for the coveted title on October 19 (Saturday).

Two defensive errors cost MVYO Meriema the match as they conceded twice to end their saga in the tournament.

Playing the second semi-final match, MVYO Meriema began to dominate proceedings but wasted numerous chances to take the lead. After a sloppy defending from Meriema team following a poor clearance, Kelengol seized the opportunity to fire home the lead in the 25th minute for Viswemi FC.

Viswemi custodian Kevime Vitsu produced the man of the match performance in the semi-final match helping his side with quality keeping, saving some spectacular shot in the match. However, he couldn’t stop Meriema’s striker Keneisezo from scoring through a header to equalize the scoreline in the 73rd minute.

Meriema players, who were trying to break the defensive line to find the winning goal, was all in vain  as the team was locked in a 1-1 draw till the stipulated time. The match proceeded to the extra minute time. In a moment of brilliance, Vilu came to rescue for Viswemi team and also broke the hearts of the Merima team as he struck the winning goal in the 106th minute to help the team enter the final of the tournament for the first time.

Vizotuolie of Meriema team continue to lead the goal scoring tally with nine goals in the run for the golden boot. With a match remaining for Centurion FC, Yhunshalo Kemp with seven goals need to score at least two goals in the final match in the hunt for golden boot.

Both the semi-finalists, MTYO Medziphema and MVYO Meriema will walk home with a cash of Rs. 30,000 each, while the quarter-finalists- Unity FC, KVSU Kohima village, Chumu Town Youth Organization, Naga Hospital Colony Youth Organization will receive Rs. 15,000 each.

On Friday, an exhibition match will be played between Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Angami Students’ Union (ASU) at 2:00 pm.

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