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.