While it was Assam's Jwngbla Bhahma who drew first blood, Mawihmingthanga (hattrick), Vanlalremkima (brace) and Vanlabiaa Chhangte scored either side of halftime to crown Mizoram's first triumph in the 48th BC Roy Trophy here at the Birsa Munda Football Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday
"I am really proud of the way my Boys played not only in the Final but throughout the tournament," Mizoram Coach Jonathana said post match.
With the match 19 minutes old, Assam scored against the run of play when Jwngbla Brahma, receiving a cross from the right flank, spun his marker beautifully to jab home from close.
It took Mizoram six minutes to convert their possession ratio into a goal, Mawihmingthanga converting from the spot on the second attempt after being disallowed the first time by referee R Palmsen Moses.
Mizoram missed striker Vanlaldwatsanga who has been scoring in buckets for the Northeastern outfit. The Red Shirts whose best finish in the tourney was back in 1995-96 where they lost to Bengal 0-4 in the Final, spurned a hatful in the first half and would thanks their stars for not having to rue the misses.
Vanlaldwatsanga was part of the Indian U-16 National Team in the SAFF U-16 Championships in 2012.
Apart from Vanlaldwatsanga, right-back Jonathan Lalmuansanga and striker Lalmuanzova had also donned National colours for India U-13 Team during the AFC U-13 Festival in Iran in 2011.
The script completely changed for four-time Runners-Up Assam in first-half stoppage time. Down to 10-men after their custodian Jikil Basumatary - on a booking -- was given marching orders for handling the ball outside his area, the green shirts fell prey to a venomous free-kick from Valremkima from the resultant free kick.
Change of ends saw no change of fortunes for wounded Assam as Mizoram cushioned their advantage in the 55th minute when Chhangte prodded home on the rebound.
It had started raining in Ranchi by then and it rained goals on the pitch too. Mawihmingthanga added two more to his name in quick succession and Vanlalremkima curled home another free-kick from just outside the box deep into second half stoppage time.
--IBNS (Posted on 30-09-2013)