Hosts Meghalaya reached the semifinals of the Dr T Ao Memorial football tournament in Shillong on Friday with a 3-0 win against Assam. In another game, Arunachal Pradesh beat Nagaland 2-1. Nyamar and Tadar scored for Arunachal while Lipok Sasahi netted for Nagaland.
Group A leaders Meghalaya started the match positively. Greeting Wahlang put the home team ahead in the 12th minute by heading the ball into the net off a corner. It was fairly easy for him as he was not blocked by any Assam defender.
The home team doubled the lead in the 40th minute. It was a lucky goal. Close to the far line, Gatphoh squeezed out a fine angled shot, which the Assam goalie seemed to have covered, but the ball came off his body and sneaked over the goal line.