Goa, Mar 13: 2014 champions Mizoram started their campaign with a 3 – 1 win over Maharashtra in a group B match played at the GMC Bambolim Stadium.
V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng’s 8th minute goal gave Mizoram early lead. In the 12th minute Under-21 player Rahul Das’ goal helped Maharashtra draw parity. Lalfakzuala’s goal in the 44th minute ensured that the north-eastern side went into half time leading 2-1. In the 51st minute, F Lalrinpuia scored the third goal for Mizoram.
In the second match of the day played at Rosary Ground in Navelim, Punjab defeated Railways 2-1. Under-21 player Manvir Singh’s 16th minute goal ensured that Punjab went into the break leading 1-0. In the second half Railways tried to draw parity and their efforts bore fruit aswell when in the Rajesh Soosanayakam scored in the 59th minute. However, Railways’ joy was short lived as Rajbir Singh’s goal put Punjab back in lead.
Match 3: Mizoram – 3 (V. Lalmalwsma Vanchhawng 8’, Lalfakzuala 44’, F Lalrinpuia 51’) beat Maharashtra– 1 (Rahul Das 12’)
Match 4: Punjab – 2 (Manvir Singh 16’, Rajbir Singh 60’) beat Railways – 1 (Rajesh Soosanayakam 59’)