Army Green inflicts second loss on NorthEast United in the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup

Army Green – 3 (Lallawmkima 9’, 55’, Somesh Kothari 24’)

North East United- 1 (Dipu Mirdha 90+1)

Guwahati, Sunday, August 21, 2022: Guwahati, Sunday, August 21, 2022: Army Green, the
last Services team to win the tournament back in 2016, inflicted the 131stIndianOil Durand Cup’ssecond
consecutive loss on NorthEast United FC (NEUFC), running out 3-1 winners at Guwahati’s Indira
Gandhi Athletic stadium in a Group D encounter. One of the greatest Services footballers of recent times,
Greens skipper PCLallawmkima, got a brace of goals while Somesh Kothari struck the other, in a game
completely controlled by the Army team. Dipu Mirdha got a consolation for NEUFC in stoppage time.

It was the Greens first game of the tournament and they now join Odhisa FC (OFC) with a 100%-win
record in the Group. OFC had beaten NEUFC 6-0 in the first Group D game on August 18, 2022 and
Sudeva FC of Delhi had played out a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters in the second.

All 47 matches of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup are being telecast LIVE on Sports18 1 SD &
HD and Sports18 Khel and also being LIVESTREAMED on the Over the Top (OTT) platform

Lively start and relentless attacks

Both teams began in lively fashion in the first half but if was the Army men who were decisive in the
middle. They drew first blood in the 9th minute through their captain whose run was found perfectly by
an overhead pass from Sochin Chhetri. Lallawmkima probably in an attempt to reach out and receive,
ended up chipping keeper Nikhil Deka beautifully from a close range.

The Greens stepped up the pressure post the goal with the young NEUFC side finding it difficult to
contain the continuous attacks. Sochin Chhetri and Roel Lepcha were brilliant in the middle while
Gautam Singh was proving to be a menace all across the pitch.

The pressure resulted in the second goal. Somesh started the attack from the right and cushioned the
ball to an overlapping Chabin Rabha whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper but the rebound fell kindly
back to Somesh, who headed it into an empty net.

The drinks break saw some rejuvenation from NEUFC as they created chances which could not be
converted by Dipu Mirdha. It was just flashes by the Highlanders as the 2016 Champions continued to
pile on the pressure for the rest of the half.

Experience and Physicality prevails

The experience and physicality of the Army men were too much to handle for the youngsters from
NEUFC as they continued to attack. The Greens increased their lead in the 55th minute through
Lallawmkima yet again, who deservedly bagged the Man of the Match. A link up play from the left by
Somesh and Gautam found the skipper unmarked at the far post, who just had to tap in.

Army Green continued with possession dominance and created chances while the Highlanders could
not produce any clear-cut openings and all their attempts were straight at the Army keeper Puia, who
did not have to work much to keep them away.

A consolation did come the Highlanders way in injury time when Dipu Mirdha got to the end off a
through ball from Alfred, who did fluff a couple of chances in the match himself. The goal sent the
crowd into a frenzy.

Next matches of Army Green and North East United

Army Green Football Team will face Sudeva Delhi FC on August 25th 2022 and NEUFC come up
against the Kerala Blasters on August 27th, 2022.

For Fixtures, News, Stats, and more on the WIFA Women’s league – Click here

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also, Read Sudeva FC play and Kerala Blasters play out a draw in their opening131st IndianOil Durand Cup game in Guwahati

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football

SSE BFC to conduct trials for U9 to U17 age group players

SSE BFC Soccer School will be conducting fresh trials this month for players aged below 17 to be part of their football program SSE BFC Soccer Schools is a football…


India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…