TEAMS AND RESULTS - 1
The opening match played between Nagaland and Assam and the second match played between Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh under the floodlights for the first time in Shillong. The participating states include Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura besides host Meghalaya. The Tournament start from March 18 for the first time in Meghalaya in memory of the legendary footballer and will conclude on March 27.
The first editions of the tournament were held in Nagaland where Manipur won the first then Manipur hosts for the 2nd Dr T. Ao Memorial Football Tournament from 2010 November 21 to 30 in Imphal where Manipur again won the the trophy. 3rd Football Tournament held at Sikkim from 2012 March 02-09 which won by Mizoram.
Mizoram was held to a goalless draw by Manipur
23.03.2013: MFA MEDIA: Mizoram was held to a goalless draw by Manipur in the final league match in Group B of Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament played at JN stadium, Polo on Saturday.
Following of the outcome of this match, both Mizoram and Manipur have qualified for the semi-final from Group B after Tripura was held to a 2-2 draw by Sikkim during the first match of the day. Tripura needed to win to have any chances to qualify to the last four stage. Finally, Mizoram top the points table in Group B with 7 points while Manipur with five points took the second spot.
In the semi-finalst to be played on Monday, Mizoram would take on Arunachal Pradesh while host Meghalaya would take on Manipur.Coming to the match, the first half was an evenly contest with both Mizoram and Manipur playing an agreessive game putting pressure on its opponents defence.
During the initial part of the first half, both the teams failed to create any real scoring oppurtunities despite managing to penetrate into its opponents on numerous occasions.In the latter part of the half, Mizoram did manage to take control of the game.F Lalrinpuia nearly put Mizoram into the lead in the 39thminute after his strong left footer misses by the goal by a whisker.
Three minutes later, Mizoram could have gone into the lead after Lal Bia Khula who was left unmarked misses a golden oppurtunity to score as he failed to put the ball into the net.The first half finally ended with both teams failing to score.
After the break, Manipur started off the second half in an impressive manner by having maximum of the ball posession.
Despite taking control of the match, Manipur failed to create any real scoring oppurtunities during the initial part of the half.Moreover, it was Mizoram who is playing a counter attack game nearly went into the lead after V Lal Tanpuia poweful strike from 20 yards away was brilliant save by Manipur custodian S Dinakumar.
In the closing stages of the match, both teams tried very hard to go into the lead. Despite an entertaining contest, the contest ended in a goalles draw.
Meghalaya beat Assam 3-0 to reach in the Semi Final.
Goal Scorers: Greeting Wahlang 13min, Niwan O Gatphoh 40 min & Kerionald Pyngrope 83 min.
22.03.2013: MFA RELEASE :Hosts Meghalaya reached the semifinals with a 3-0 win over Assam in the Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament in Shillong on Friday. Group A leaders Meghalaya started the match positively and a free kick halfway up the Assam half almost yielded a goal but Ronnie Nongbri's shot was put over the bar by Dulu Gogoi, the Assam goalkeeper.
Greeting Wahlang put the home team ahead in the 12th minute by heading the ball into the net off a corner. It was fairly easy for him as he was not blocked by any Assam defender. Bickyson Kharkongor had a more difficult chance for another header. He received a lofted ball in the Assam box while running forward and his attempt went wide of the goal.
In the 23rd minute, Niwan-O-Gatphoh came storming through and took a strong right footer, but it was blocked by Gogoi. Corner 31 minutes for Assam. Strong header my unmarked player, but the ball went wide. Assam, by no means, looked like the weaker side and they created numerous chances for themselves without success. The visiting team put Meghalaya's defence under a lot of pressure, with keeper Alwyn Patweth also having to perform at the top of his game.
Wahlang came off for Milancy Khongstia in the 32nd minute. Despite scoring the first goal, he had made a couple of errors in his footwork. The home team doubled the lead in the 40th minute and they were slightly fortunate to do so. Close to the far line, Gatphoh squeezed out a fine angled shot, which the Assam goalie seemed to have covered, but the ball came off his body and sneaked over the goal line.
Just on 45 minutes, Gatphoh sent the crowd into a tizzy with a cheeky attempt on goal, as he approached the post from the left side. He wanted to pass it to another Meghalayan player but couldn't find one, so he chipped it but it only found the side netting. Assam got the game going in the second half with a strong shot on goal that just went wide of the post seconds after the restart.
The second half was relatively quiet, but Brolington Warlarpih shot over the crossbar in the 55th minute. And in the 70th minute, Teiborlang Siangshai was set up for a strike on goal from eight yards outside the Assam box, but the ball sailed over the crossbar. In the 76th minute Gogoi pulled off a terrific save where he had to leap into the air to stop the ball that was hammered by Warlarpih from just outside the box.
The stalemate in the session was broken almost unexpectedly by substitute Kerionald Pyngrope in the 83rd minute. Meghalaya had advanced up the left flank and Pyngrope was in clear air outside the box. He set himself up and his beautiful left-footer sailed into the top corner with the keeper unable to do anything about it.
The action continued on, but Assam were unable to respond and bowed out of the tournament. In the other game that was held at 1PM, Arunachal Pradesh beat Nagaland 2-1. Nyamar and Tadar scored for Arunachal Pradesh in the 17th minute and 34th minute respectively while Lipok Sasahi netted for Nagaland in the 42nd minute.
MIZORAM 3-0 TRIPURA
21.03.2013 - MFA RELEASE : Defending Champions Mizoram registered a 3-0 win against Tripura in the Dr. T Ao Football Tournament which was played at the JN Stadium Shillong on Thursday. Mizoram are at the top of the Group B table and have booked a place for themselves in the semi-finals.
After a goalless first half, it was Mizoram who took the lead when F. Lalrinpuia found the back of the net via a long range shot in the 64th minute. Although, Tripura had several chances but were not able to convert while Mizoram controlled the game and had more ball possession, and went on to score two more goals.
Lal Lawnzuala doubled the advantage for his side when he netted in the 83rd minute. t was in extra time that Mizoram scored their third goal (90+2) after substitute Lal Chhuan Tlianga took the ball home in the 63rd minute.
20.03.2013: MFA RELEASE : Meghalaya 4-0 Nagaland
In the sixth match of the fourth Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament, hosts Meghalaya won their second consecutive match by beating Nagaland 4-0 at the JN Stadium, Shillong, on Wednesday. Meghalaya remain top of Group A, with Assam second, Arunachal Pradesh in third and Nagaland last.
Nagaland were the team who seemed the more threatening in the first 20 minutes, continually creating plays that almost brought about a goal. In the fourth minute, Nagaland had an early chance after a good approach up the left flank. A cross into the box was pushed away by a diving goalkeeper Alwyn Patweth, but knocked into the path of Lipok Sashi, who attempted a shot on goal that went over the cross bar.
In the next minute, Meghalaya's defenders were caught napping as Sakutemjen approached with the ball unguarded, but he kicked it tamely towards the goalie. Meghalaya finally came alive in the 16th minute with two chances. A fine shot by Khymdeit was deflected for a corner by the diving keeper, Vizovor Liezietsu, and the resulting corner also almost resulted in a goal but for a reflex block by a defender standing at the goal mouth.
The home team started to lift the tempo after the half hour mark, constantly putting the opposition under pressure to the delight of the Meghalaya fans, who came out in good numbers to back their team. The attacks finally paid off in the 38th minute through a good level of craft. Niwan O Gatphoh ran the ball up the right flank, dodged past a defender and carefully passed it to Milton Kharsati who tapped the ball in from right in front of the net.
In the very next minute Meghalaya doubled the score after Ronnie Nongbri chipped the ball forward for a waiting Donbok Khymdeit to go one-on-one with Liezietsu and the striker won through. The scoreline remained 2-0 going into the break. Nagaland showed that they can play attacking football and they had to reply in the second half.
Nagaland made a costly error after the ball was taken off a defender by Gatphoh in the 54th minute. He passed the ball in to Milancy Khongstia in the box. His first attempt was blocked by the keeper, but he was there for the rebound and headed it in while diving over the custodian to make it 3-0. Khymdeit received a yellow card for a handball and then was soon fouled by Bielie Rio deep inside the Nagaland half on the left side. Rio was also booked.
Nagaland made an interesting choice of substitution when Liezietsu was withdrawn and Mezhulhoukho came in his place to man the goal. He couldn't stop the hosts from scoring a fourth goal, however. A careless mistake by a Nagaland defender cost another goal in the 76th minute. The defender tried to clear the ball but miscued it and the ball was taken up the right flank by Meghalaya. A cross to Gatphoh saw him in clear air, but he waited just long enough to be surrounded by defender. Still, he got past them and a strong strike flew into the net past Mezhulhoukho.
Norasius Kharumnuid took a good strike a few minutes later on goal, but the Nagaland custodian was able to stop this one with a dive to his left. It wasn't as though Nagaland didn't have their moments, especially in the first half, but some sloppy play let them down badly and helped Meghalaya come away with three points.
4th Edition of Dr. T Ao Memorial Football Tournament Meghalaya : Meghalaya beat Arunachal Pradesh 3-0 in the opening day
18.03.2013: ASSAM 2-0 NAGALAND
18.03.2013: Meghalaya 3-0 Arunachal Pradesh
MFA RELEASE: 18.03.2013 : The 4th edition of the Dr. T. Ao Memorial Football Tournament was inaugurated at the JN Stadium Shillong with a speech including the official launch of the floodlights by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Monday. B Diengdoh, Meghalaya Football Association General Secretary Larsing Ming Sawyan also were present and spoke at the occasion. In Other Match Assam came from behind to beat their rival the Nagaland state football team 2-0
Meghalaya who took on Arunachal Pradesh displayed a stunning performance by winning 3-0 in the opening day of the Dr. T Ao Memorial Football Tournament on Monday at the JN Stadium Shillong. In the first half, it was the host who shared majority of the possession and looked dangerous right from the word go with Arunachal's defence showing some nerves as Meghalaya attacked right from the start and made their intentions clear.
It was in the 10th minute that Niwan O Gatphoh had a good run up into Arunachal's defence but was not able to convert and there was a strong left foot shot by another Meghalaya player in the 13th minute, but only to see his shot go wide of the Arunachal goal. In the 16th minute, Ronnie Nongbri took a free kick 20 yards from the box but unfortunately shot wide. Gatphoh was understandably the star of the home outfit, sprinting around the field and indeed was always in the thick of the action.
It was Meghalaya yet again with another chance when Bickyson Kharkongor took a long strike that caught the Arunachal keeper off guard as his strike hit the crossbar and bounced just in front of the goal line. And this however continued when Gatphoh and the keeper ran for the rebound, but the custodian got to the ball first. A minute later Gatphoh took a shot that struck the corner of the goal post for another near scoring opportunity.
Donbok Khymdeit was also notable in Meghalaya's forays forward and, despite the continued missed chances, it seemed inevitable that the hosts would score eventually. What the home fans were waiting for finally came in the 28th minute when Teiborlang Siangshai gave the host the deserved lead when he had the ball in the box, and without being properly guarded, he struck the ball over the top past the goalie and this time the ball stayed low enough to find the back of the net.
With hardly any action displayed by the guest it was Meghalaya who continued to press and push for another attempt on goal. Gatphoh took a strike just before 30 minutes and although the goalie fumbled, he collected the ball before either of two prowling Meghalaya players could reach the ball.
Both teams kept the excitement levels high by throwing themselves into the attack, although it was the home team who had the best of the opportunities. The Arunachal outfit were guilty of not executing well on a number of opportunities when they got themselves into good positions.
In the 35th minute, Arunachal's Mihin Pullo got past a number of Meghalaya defenders but was not able to pull off his strike on goal but he had to settle seeing his shot going wide off the post. Arunachal had another chance in the 41st minute via a free kick, but Techi Taker struck it over the crossbar.
A free kick and a corner gave Meghalaya their last chance to increase their lead in the first half, but the session remained 1-0 in the host team's favour. Although the host dominated the half, Arunachal would have taken some solace that they had only conceded the one goal, while Meghalaya would have gone into the break brimming with confidence and eager to earn more goals.
Crossing over, Meghalaya had more ball possession and earned a corner in 47th minute, but the ball was headed out by a Meghalaya player. Two minutes later, the visitors won a corner but Meghalaya custodian Alwyn Paswet ran forward to pluck the ball out of the air.
Meghalaya doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when Milancy Khongstia, who went up the left flank and fired the ball while the goalie only partly stopped the shot, parrying the ball forward and Khongstia was able to take the rebound and send the ball into the net.
Khongstia and Khymdeit were in action in the 65th minute, with the former taking the ball up the right flank, and then passing it neatly to Khymdeit in between Arunacha's defenders, but his powerful shot is properly shunted away by the goalie.
The best opportunity for Arunachal came just a few minutes later when Pullo, on the left flank, shot the ball over the bar. The home crowd who came to watch their home team play under the newly inaugurated floodlights showed immense support for the Reds, and the lads in turn scored another powerful shot in the 87th minute via a free kick 4 yards from the box. Gatphoh who took the free kick, striked it beautifully, beating the diving keeper to make it 3-0.