Imphal, Sep 1 (PTI) Chennayin FC (CFC) registered a comfortable 4-1 win over 10-man Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC, at the Khuman Lampak Stadium here on Thursday.
CFC will take on other local side, Neroca FC on September 5 in their final group game which will determine the second spot from Group C. Hyderabad FC have already qualified as group toppers.
Even before referee Arumughan pronounced marching orders for Salam Johnson Singh near the end of the first half, TRAU were being completely dominated in the game by a determined CFC, in search of a first win in the tournament.
In the very first minute of the game, a long ball found Croatian striker Petar Sliskovic in space and he made no mistake. In 16 seconds, the score read 1-0 in CFC’s favour.
CFC’s attacks continued and, in one such move, TRAU keeper Jedidi Haokip mistimed his challenge on Sliskovic and Arumughan pointed to the spot. Ghanaian Kwame Karikari converted without much fuss. CFC were 2-0 up with 20 minutes on the clock.
At about the half-hour mark, a wonderful free-kick from Anirudh Thapa found Sliskovic free again, but his header missed the target from close range.
Then came the marching orders for Johnson and for some time after that at least, it looked to have spurred TRAU into action.
Livewire Baoringdao Bodo in one of his bulldozing runs unleashed a shot which ballooned off the keeper and hit Sajid Dhot’s arm as he tried to backtrack and salvage the situation.
TRAU skipper Komron Tursunov converted the game’s second penalty at the stroke of half-time.
But any hopes TRAU’s comeback were crushed very quickly by a rampaging CFC after the break. Rahim Ali in the 48th minute after a layoff by Sliskovic, unleashed a powerful shot but it was well saved by Haokip, who had a lot to do on the day.
A minute later Vafa, missed with a free header off a corner.
But the Iranian got his goal in the 51st minute when off a trademark floating Thapa corner, he jumped tallest, completely unmarked yet again, to head in for CFC’s third goal.
They did not relent though and in the 54th, Edwin Vanspaul’s thunderbolt shook the cross bar after beating Dinesh and came back.
Finally, in the 55th, Sliskovic got his second with yet another free header and there was no way back for TRAU. PTI SSC SSC KHS KHS
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