Churchill Brothers named an unchanged squad that had beaten Indian Arrows 2-0, while there were three changes for the visiting Neroca FC.
Pritam Singh made an immediate impact as he drew a double save from Churchill custodian James Kithan in the 8th minute.
Neroca FC finally managed to find a breakthrough when Churchill Brothers' fullback Wayne Vaz brought down Subash Singh in the box as the forward was racing down the left and the referee didn't hesitate to award them a spot-kick in the 21st minute.
Felix Odili stepped up and coolly steered the ball under the outstretched arms of Kithan as the visitors led 1-0 in the 22nd minute.
Churchill then made several attempts to bridge the gap and gain a lead.
Meetei also tried a shot from distance that swerved away from goal. Then came a series of attempts from a corner when Osagie Monday, Ceesay and Eldor Hussein all tried to breach the Neroca backline which held on.
Koffi had a shot after chesting down a pass from the middle but Bishorjit dived in time to hold onto it. It was then the turn of Bektur Talgat to fire at goal but that was saved again.