IMPHAL, Nov 14 - Local favourite Neroca FC played goal less draw against Fateh Hyderabad AFC in the inaugural match of the 2nd Division I League at the Khuman Lampak main stadium ground in Imphal on Saturday. Though the day�s kick-off was scheduled at 1.30 pm, the football loving Manipur crowd started pouring in right since 12 noon with orange jerseys, balloons and flags to support the local team Neroca FC which had the advantage as they ended up with more than 60 per cent ball possession. Though most of the match was played in Hyderabad half, the defiance shown by them frustrated the home supporters.
However unfortunately they cannot convert a single goal during the match as the defence of Fateh Hyderabad AFC stood like the rock of Gibraltar throughout 90 minutes. In fact local player Yaikhom Randhan Meitei and Nigerian Onwubuariri Ikechukwu missed their golden chances in the first half of the match while Imran Khan hit the bar in the second half.