Aizawl: A superb solo run and finish by Bhutanese forwards Chencho Gylteshen helped RoundGlass Punjab FC (RGPFC) beat Aizawl FC 1-0 and secure all three points in a crucial Round 17 fixture in the Hero I-League 2022-23 season played here at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. RGPFC remain in second place with this win on head to head record along with Sreenidi Deccan.
RGPFC coach Staikos Vergetis made three changes to the starting lineup bringing in Chencho Gyeltshen, Freddy Lallawmawma and Abhishek Singh instead of Juan Carlos Nellar, Khaimingthang Lhungdim and Brandon Vanlalremdika. Aizawl FC coach, Caetano Pinho fielded his strong side in their home ground looking to create an upset in the match. Aizawl FC started the first half by attacking the RGPFC box with a couple of good crosses. RGPFC quickly started to take control of the possession and played better football in the half but could not convert the possession into clear cut chances. Both teams struggled to find openings in the final third as they could not register even one shot on target in the first half.
RGPFC started the second half with more vigour by pressing the Aizawl midfield and showing intensity going forward. They were rewarded in the 53rd minute for the pressure. Chencho Gylteshen finished a superb solo run through the left wing, dropping three defenders and beating the Aizawl keeper Vikram Singh which proved to be the match winner. RGPFC could have doubled the lead soon but Luka Majcen’s right footer came back off the post. Aizawl tried hard to find the equaliser but all their attacks were thwarted by the RGPFC defence who stood firm. Kiran Kumar Limbu who was adjudged the Hero of the Match made some crucial saves to help his team secure all three points and keep the pressure on table toppers Sreenidi Deccan.
RGPFC have 37 points from seventeen matches while Aizawl FC have 23 points from sixteen matches. RGPFC will face NEROCA FC on 20th February at the Khuman Lampak Stadium, Imphal.