Meghalaya clinched the Hero Sub Junior National Football Championship 2019-20 title, beating Arunachal Pradesh by 3-0 in the final played at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal on December 3.
Incidentally, Arunachal Pradesh lost the final in the penalty shootout to Odisha last season before going down to their neighbouring state Meghalaya this time.
Samcharphrang Lato opened the scoring for Meghalaya in the 52nd minute before Samlang Rympei (90’+4′) and Teibok Nongrum (90’+5′) extended the lead in the dying embers to seal the match.
Meghalaya had two good opportunities to seal the win in the closing stages. With around 15 minutes to go, Samlang Rympei rounded the keeper, but his shot was heroically cleared off the line.
In the last 10 minutes, substitute Wallambok Shangpliang again had an open goal, but his shot was also cleared.
At the death, Samlang Rympei and Teibok Nongrum scored two goals deep in added time which confirmed the fate of the match.