TRAU FC came from behind to defeat NEROCA FC 2-1 in the Imphal Derby . Godfred Yeboahs injury-time goal gave the Red Pythons the upper hand in the Hero I-League .
India: Imphal (Manipur) On Sunday, TRAU FC came from behind to defeat NEROCA FC 2-1 in a thrilling first Imphal Derby of the 2022-23 I-League season at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal.NEROCA went ahead at the break thanks to a first-half volley from Tangva Raguis, but TRAU followed suit in the second half.Before Komron Tursunov sent his penalty into the woods, Gersons' header restored parity.Godfred Yeboah's injury-time goal gave the Red Pythons the upper hand in the Hero I-League, putting an end to their three-game winless streak.However, the Orange Brigade soon saw more of the ball, though more in their own half, as Komron Tursunov led a zealous push for TRAU in the eighth minute as Mirjalol Kasimov laid the ball for his Uzbek teammate Sardor Jakhonov outside the area, who ballooned his effort over the crossbar.A Nonganbas strike from the edge of the area made a huge deflection, and Jourdain Fletcher's ball was sent inside the box.Tangva Ragui, a Jamaican, smartly chested it for him, who volleyed it into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.TRAU needed to shift gears and look for a quick response. Salam Johnson Singh, a pacy winger who has scored twice in his last two games, almost joined Tursunov for the equalizer.At the half-hour mark, NEROCA suffered a huge blow to their midfield when Jakhonov was stretchered off due to an injury and was replaced by Mumbai City-loanee Naorem Tondomba Singh.Tursunov was spotted late on the ankle by NEROCA captain David Simbo, giving him a yellow card from referee Surojit Das, who had to intervene as tempers erupted between the two groups of players.TRAU were on the front foot in the second half from the start and got their reward as soon as the 47th minute when Brazilian midfielder Gerson fired in Tursunovs free-kick. In the 70th minute, NEROCA had their best opportunity of the second half when Fletcher skipped past a few red shirts before cutting it back for Lunminlen Haokip from the right, but only to thump it onto the top-right of the goal.The 21-year-old fluffed his lines, missing his kick, and then forced Poireis first save of the season with a curling effort from 25 yards out.The NEROCA goalkeeper took it out for a corner, but it was fine.Gerard Williams' blistering shot went over the crossbar in the 77th minute, but in the final minutes of the game, both teams seemed to be content with the derby spoils. But defender Godfred Yeboah was on hand to score from the rebound with an overhead kick from close range.The goal sparked raucous celebrations among the Ghanaians, who took his shirt off before being crowded out by his TRAU teammates.The Red Pythons now have all three games in their home games this season, placing them fifth in the standings.NEROCA lost their third game in a row, slipping to 11th place with six points.