Chhinga Veng FC and Chanmari FC played out to a 2-2 draw in a clash of former champions today at Lammual.
A goalless first half was followed up by an action packed second half in the first fixture of MPL8 after the Santosh Trophy qualifier break.
A relatively quiet first half saw few chances created by both teams. Man of the match C. Lalchungnunga shone for Chhinga Veng FC while Lalrammuanpuia and Vanlalnghenga came close for Chanmari FC.
The action after the break began with a bang when Lalrammuanpuia found the net for Chanmari FC two minutes into the second half. Chhinga Veng responded in kind in the 61st minute when substitute MC Malsawmzuala finished off his opportunity from inside the box.
Chhinga Veng then won a penalty in the 72nd minute which was converted by MC Malsawmzuala for his second of the match. It looked like a win was coming for Chhinga Veng FC only for confusion in the CVFC backline went on to result in an own goal from Chhinga Veng FC defender Vanlalchhuanga.
Chanmari FC will now face Aizawl FC on the evening of October 8 while Chhinga Veng FC will battle Electric Veng FC the next evening.