Chhinga Veng FC began their title defence with a narrow 1-0 victory against MPL debutants Chawnpui FC. A special strike late on from Lalromawia proved to be the difference in the first fixture of season 7.
Both teams had crossed paths earlier in the season in the LG Independence Cup, with Chhinga Veng FC edging their opponents thanks to a solitary goal from MS Dawngliana.
There were similar patterns from their first encounter at AR Lammual as Chhinga Veng FC failed to find the net through Lalrammawia and Lalromawia in the first half. Chawnpui FC kept their shape in the back which meant the champions had a hard time grafting out chances.
Chawnpui FC´s David Laltlansanga proved to be a nuisance at the other end and had to be marshalled very well by CVFC´s backline.
Lalromawia ultimately made the difference on the 83rd minute when he latched on to a ball from midfield and set himself up for a beauty of a goal, ensuring his side earn all three points in their first game.