Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 00:57 IST
Jourdain Fletcher scored a brace as NEROCA FC got here out of the relegation zone with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over native rivals Tiddim Road Athletic Union in an I-League match on the Khuman Lampak Stadium on Wednesday.
Fletcher struck within the 37th and 90+1st minute, whereas Michael Kporvi fired in one other within the dying minutes at hand NEROCA full factors that took them to the 10th spot with 11 factors from 12 matches.
The win additionally avenged the first-leg defeat to their arch-rivals who remained at third place from 12 matches. Ten minutes into the sport, attempting to clear a cross from the precise by TRAU’s Salam Johnson Singh, NEROCA captain and defence mainstay David Simbo headed it on to TRAU’s lone striker Komron Tursunov, who calmly chested it down and put it into the web together with his proper foot.
Till the half-hour mark, TRAU saved attacking and appeared like scoring at any time however coach Leimapokpam Nandakumar Singh’s tactical show saved them at bay.
NEROCA got here again into the match with the equaliser when Paogoumang Singson crossed from the left and Jourdain Fletcher scored a world-class objective with a aspect volley.
TRAU had the prospect to go up as soon as once more simply earlier than the breather after they had been awarded a penalty however Fernandinho’s low left-footer was saved by Soram Poirei.
TRAU got here near scoring twice within the second-half however couldn’t convert their possibilities.
NEROCA coach Wangkhem Khogen Singh’s choice to switch Kamo with Michael Kporvi within the 87th minute proved to decisive.
His exact cross throughout the sector to Fletcher caught the TRAU defence napping and hand them the lead.
TRAU had been nonetheless attempting to salvage a degree, however the counter-attack settled the consequence as Kporvi made it 3-1.
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