The Manipuri side is now in the pole position of Group C.
Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC registered an impressive 4-0 victory over Chennaiyin FC B in the 2nd Division League at the Khuman Lampak Stadium today.
Chennaiyin ‘B’ made five changes to the side that lost to Bengaluru FC ‘B’ in their previous outing – Samik Mitra in place of Sayak Barai in goal, Mohammed Sarif Khan and Reamsochung ‘Remy’ Aimol replacing Charles Britto and Ajin Tom respectively in defence, and Lalliansanga Renthlei and Zonunmawia instead of Abhishek Nair and Bibin Boban respectively in midfield.
Remy made inroads from the left flank as captain Prosenjit Chakraborty pulled the strings in midfield. Chennaiyin strikers Aman Chetri and B. Rohmingthanga consistently found space behind the TRAU defence, allowing the likes of Prosenjit to venture forward from midfield and test the opposition backline. The skipper struck the upright with a stinging shot before narrowly missing the target on a separate occasion as CFC had TRAU on the ropes. Only the end product eluded the visitors.
But against the run of play, TRAU took the lead as the CFC defence was caught cold by a cross from the left, which Reisangmei Vashum did well to head down, the ball finding the back of the net through an onrushing Samik’s legs. Chennaiyin tried to hit back immediately but their finishing continued to falter as it ended 1-0 to TRAU at the break.
The Manipuri side grew into the game in the second period and began testing the CFC defence. Wing-backs Hendry Antonay and Remy were having a good game on the flanks as TRAU took the game to CFC by pushing higher up the pitch. Chennaiyin were lacking the composure from the first period as they gave the ball away in crucial areas of the pitch.
Chennaiyin’s resistance was eventually broken in the final ten minutes, as three quickfire goals from Soraisham Sandeep Singh, Malemnganba Meitei and Shaikhom Ronald Singh sealed it for TRAU. CFC striker Aman Chetri was given his marching orders in the closing stages after he picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon, as his side lost 4-0.
The Chennaiyin FC ‘B’ team’s debut 2nd Division League journey saw them they finish at the bottom of Group C with six points from their 10 games. CFC’s two wins came against Langsning FC and Mohammedan Sporting at home as TRAU went top of the table after this win.