DR. T. AO. INTER-DISTRICT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Dimapur District Football Association (DDFA) scripted through a doughty Peren District Football Association (PDFA) with a solitary goal scored by Pursunep to enter the final of the 22nd Inter District Dr. T. Ao Football Trophy here on Wednesday.
Dimapur has so far managed to keep a clean sheet by not conceding a single goal.
Dimapur will now play Mon District Football Association (MDFA) in the final on April 29.
In the first semifinal played against Peren, Dimapur got off to a good start as Kakhevi Assumi tormented the Peren’s defense but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The first half and hour saw both teams failing to capitalize their chances.
Then in the 40th minute, Pursunep’s header was enough to put Dimapur into final.
It was a heart breaking moment for Peren team as they fought till the last minute but was frustrated by Dimapur defense who were yet to concede a goal.
The Peren team got their chances to score but their strikers failed to materialize with Ratobe N Poireng missing two golden opportunities for the Peren team.
At the end of the final whistle, Peren’s team had to be contended as the losing semi finalist of the tournament. Dimapur’s goalkeeper Humuka has to be credited for the success of the team.
In a highly contested second semifinal, Mon District Football Association displayed a spectacular game to overcome debutant Football Association Tseminyu 5-4 via tie breaker after both team were locked to 1-1 draw in the stipulated time.
The first half of the match was dominated by Mon and broke the deadlock through their striker Laiwang Bohamm Konyak in the 29th minute. However, Tseminyu’s playmaker Sinenlo Kath scored a stunning long range kick in the 67th minute to bring the game back to life.
However, in the crucial shootout, he failed to convert to bow out of the tournament.
Mon captain Tingnyek (Ating) Konyak produced one of his finest performances in the tournament to help the team through to the next round. His leadership quality and his ability to control the game brought much tempo and momentum for the team. During a tense penalty shootout, Honon Konyak missed his first penalty for Mon but it was not all over as Zeaneikho Miasalhou’s weak shot was saved by Eshong Konyak. Their playmaker Sinenlo Kath missed his penalty kick in the 6th spot kick as Pangtech Konyak scored the last shot making the score 5-4 ending the shootout in favor of Mon team. Mon will now take on Dimapur in the final.
On Thursday, an exhibition match will be played between Mokokchung District Football Association Organizing Committee and Nagaland Football Association Technical Team at 3.pm.
Earlier in the day, Kuzholuzo Nienu MLA graced the second semifinal match as the match patron. He also delivered a brief speech before the start of the match.
Before the match, a minute of silence was observed to pay tributes to the Oting victims.