At the Khuman Lampak stadium on Thursday, NEROCA FC defeated TRAU FC 3-1 in a group C match of the Durand Cup thanks to a dominant performance.
Tangra Ragui gave the Orange brigade the lead in the 16th minute of the first-ever "Imphal Derby," but Komron Tursunov drew even three minutes later.
Thom scored a goal in the 36th minute to retake the lead, but after that it was all NEROCA.
In the 50th minute, Nigerian John Chidi , capitalized on a defensive blunder to score the insurance goal.
As Asia's oldest event is being hosted for the first time at three different locations in Kolkata, Imphal, and Guwahati, this was both the first game in Group C and the first football match ever played in the state of Manipur.
Derby nerves were evident since Derby'sthe aggressive play was on display as soon as the game began.
The first goal attempt came from TRAU, but Soram Porei was more than up to the task.
However, the Orange brigade got on the board thanks to a strong team effort by John and a cross from Lunminlen Haokip that Tangva expertly side-footed into the goal.
However, NEROCA's happiness was short-lived as the elegant Tursunov scored after receiving a cross from Khanngam.
Attacks continued from both ends, with NEROCA gradually gaining the upper hand. Finally, Thom headed in from a cross by the overlapping Singson to give NEROCA their due.
Just five minutes into the second half, a defensive error ended any TRAU-winning aspirations.
John effortlessly slid the ball into the goal after intercepting a backpass intended for the goalkeeper.
In the final 10 minutes, TRAU gave it their all, but goalkeeper Porei stopped all of their attempts.