Late goals from defender K. Lalthlahlova and Malsawmfela were enough to see the league leader off into a deserved place in the final after a first half goal from R. Malsawmtluanga had put them in front.After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, both teams knew it was make or break time from the start.
Knowing they have every chance to get a result, Chanmari FC pushed with vigour while their opponents were determined to make to ensure a favourable outcome.Playmaker R. Malsawmtluanga was at the forefront of things for Chhinga Veng FC as his delivery was headed onto the woodwork by Lalkhawpuimawia.
And MS-a put his side ahead on the 19th minute with a brilliantly struck freekick. CVFC continued in search of a second but a beauty from MC Malsawmzuala on the 35th minute put things back on level terms for Chanmari FC.Chhinga Veng FC had several half chances but Lalrammuanpuia and Lalkhawpuimawia failed to make most of their opportunities.
The match looked like it would go to penalties but Chhinga Veng FC got their breakthrough in the dying minutes as a cross from Laldampuia was headed in brilliantly by K. Lalthlahlova.And another soon followed as Malsawmfela was brought down by Joe Zohera inside his own box to concede a penalty. The former Chanmari FC striker Malsawmfela did not miss from the spot.
Chhinga Veng FC will now face the winner between Aizawl FC and Mizoram Police FC in the second leg of the first semi-final to be played on December 4th.CVFC's playmaker R. Malsawmtluanga was named man of the match.
25.11.2017: SF1 (Leg1) : Chhinga Veng FC 2-2 Chanmari FC
CHFC : (Joseph Lalfakzuala 77' OG)
CFC : (MC Malsawmzuala 45')
MOM : Muanawma - GK: Chanmari FC
24.11.2017: SF1(Leg-1) : Aizawl FC 2-2 Mizoram Police FC
AFC : (Masih Saighani 22', Lalhriatrenga 85')
MPFC : (F Lalrinpuia 7', Lalfakzuala 90+4')
MOM : David Lalrinmuana - AIZAWL FC
MPL Press Release : Mizoram Police FC put themselves back on a level playing field going into the second leg of the semi-final with a stoppage time strike from Lalfakzuala. It looked like the I-League champions had done enough to give themselves a single goal advantage for the second leg, but Lalfakzuala equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time handing Mizoram Police a possible advantage over Aizawl FC who next face East Bengal on Monday in Kolkata before going into the return leg on December 4th.
A charged-up affair saw Mizoram Police take an early lead through striker F. Lalrinpuia. Aizawl FC created chances themselves and equalised in the 22nd minute courtesy of goalscoring centerback Masih Saighani.
An open affair continued in the second half as both teams missed good opportunities to take the lead. Lalramhmunmawia came close for Aizawl FC while Lalbiakhlua was also guilty of missing a chance for Mizoram Police FC. Aizawl FC struck again in the 85th minute with Lalhriatrenga applying the finishing touches from a David Lalrinmuana corner.
But a late twist followed as Lalfakzuala struck a superb volley after his initial shot was blocked by Masih Saighani in stoppage time for his sides equaliser.