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The 16th Hmar Martyrs' Trophy 2019 : Knock-Out Stage | Matchday Review

Thursday, May 2, 2019

/ Posted by Simon L Infimate
Peter Seiminthang, Pauginmuan and Mangku on target as FAST trounced Zeal SC 6-1 to enter Last - 8.

Heartbreak for spirited ABC Saidan as Surjakanta and Sanaton rescued FC Zotal to sail through to the quarter-finals

By Seiminlun Kipgen,Sports Columnist, Virthli (ONP)

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📋 Today's Results :
2nd May, 2019 (Thursday)

1. FAST 6-1 Zeal SC.

2. ABC Saidan 1-1 FC Zotal.

FC Zotal won 6-5 on penalties.

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Peter Seiminthang Haokip(9), Pauginmuan(4) and Seiminmang Manchong @ Mangku (10) scored two-goals apiece as defending champions FAST of Rengkai dismantled Zeal SC 6-1 while a late equalizer by Surjakanta (17) and a crucial penalty shout-out save by Sanaton helped FC Zotal to a 6-5 penalty shout-out victory over spirited ABC Saidan after 1-1 draw in today's thrilling pre-quarter final encounters of the ongoing 16th Hmar Martyrs' Trophy 2019 played at Saikot playground, Churachandpur.

🖼 FAST 6-1 Zeal SC :

In today's first pre-quarter finals match, dominant FAST took an early lead against Zeal SC courtesy of a Pauginmuan's thunderous strike from 20 yards in the 7th minute and the advantage was doubled when Peter Seiminthang Haokip(9) punished poor clearance from Zeal SC goalkeeper to lob home from distant and after Pauginmuan (4) added his second of the match with an exquisite finish midway through the first-half, Peter Seiminthang Haokip got his second goal for himself with a solo effort to give FAST a commanding 4-0 lead at half-time. The second-half saw the defending champions extending lead  through half-time substitute Seiminmang Manchong (10), who made amend of his missed penalty early in the second-half, and after Jesse Hmar cut the deficit for Zeal SC in the 77th-minute, Seiminmang added his second goal of the match with a dazzling run late on to give FAST a 6-1 victory.

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🖼 ABC Saidan 1-1 FC Zotal
FC Zotal won 6-5 on penalties

The highly anticipated second match of the day between FC Zotal and ABC Saidan began in a tense note with both sides displaying real intent for goal and after FC Zotal had a disallowed goal from a long-throw by Abdul Salam @ Yaima which Johnny (9) nodded in just past the 10-minute mark, ABC Saidan took a surprise lead after fine attacking move through Joseph Varte(9) and despite FC Zotal pressing high for the equalizer, the first-half ended 1-0.

The second-half saw FC Zotal pouring everything forward in search of the equaliser while ABC Saidan played with cautious to preserve lead. However, the resistance of the Saidan boys had finally succumbed when Surjakanta(17) poked home from close-range amidst the crowded defence connecting on a Yaima's freekick to level the match 16 minutes from time and the pulsating knock-out encounter ended 1-1.

In the ensuing penalty shout-out, FC Zotal emerged 6-5 winners after goalkeeper Sanaton thwarted off a last and a sudden penalty kick from an ABC Saidan kicker.

Reigning champions FAST will lock horns with FC Zotal for what is going to be a mouthwatering quarter-finals clash on 7th May, 2019.

Photographs by Muona Infimate

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