ARA FC also concluded their campaign in the Indian Women’s League 2021/22 with a big victory.

Hans Women registered a thrilling 3-2 victory against Odisha Police in their ultimate Indian Women’s League (IWL) 2022 game at the Capital Ground in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, May 25.

Hans Women took an early lead in the fourth minute after Vaani Kalucha netted from close range. The team from Delhi kept its lead for the majority of the first half, but went on to concede a penalty late in the 45th minute after a foul inside the box.

Shibani Mundari stepped up for Odisha Police and scored from the spot to put the scores level at the break. The two sides looked determined to take something from the game and began the second half on a strong foot.

This time, Odisha Police took the lead in the 69th minute, as Sarojini Tirkey tapped the ball in, following a melee inside the box. However, despite going down late, the Delhi-based side refused to give up and found their equaliser on the 89th minute. Muskan Khan delivered a wonderful cross from the right flank and an unmarked Jyoti Ann Burrett made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

Finally, the Hans Women skipper found another breakthrough late in the 92nd minute. She went on to beat the goalkeeper from an odd angle and ensured a hard-fought maiden win of the IWL 2021-22 season for her side in their final game.

ARA FC end IWL campaign with stunning comeback win

ARA FC ended their Indian Women’s League (IWL) 2022 season on a high with a stunning 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Sirvodem SC at the Capital Ground in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, May 25.

The team from Goa took a surprise lead in the 12th minute after Jyoti pressed the ARA FC defence hard and struck well from the edge of the box to beat the goalkeeper. Sirvodem SC managed to keep their lead till the end of the first half.

After switching sides, Kiran quickly pulled one back for ARA FC in the 55th minute as she poked the ball past the Sirvodem SC goalkeeper to make it 1-1. Substitute Madhubala Alawe made it 2-1 late in the 88th minute. The No. 14 cut in from the right flank and struck well with her left foot to beat the goalkeeper in the bottom right corner of the goal.

The sudden lead taken by ARA FC shook the ARA FC defence and the Ahmedabad-based side took advantage of it again. Only a couple of minutes later, Kiran completed her second half brace with a perfectly placed shot in the bottom right corner to make it 3-1.

The forward was adjudged the Player of the Match for her performance in the second half and her brace meant ARA FC finished their season with a jubilant victory.

Ranjita scores four goals in big win for SSB Women

SSB eased past PIFA at the 7th Batallian ground with a 6-1 victory in the Indian Women’s League (IWL) on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

SSB got off to a flying start and came very close to scoring their first in the 8th minute. Dular collected a through ball and hit it cleanly, but the shot went just wide of the post. However, they didn’t have to wait long for the opener. Ranjita scored in the 13th minute and provided them with the early lead.

Ranjita once again found herself on the scoresheet in the 28th minute. This time she collected a beautiful ball from Dular from the left flank and slotted the ball home to double their lead.

Sumila’s thunderbolt further increased the miseries for PIFA. Her shot from outside the box hit the top bins as the opponent goalkeeper had no answer. At halftime, SSB led 3-0.

After the breather, SSB scored once again in the 54th minute, as Ranjita completed her hattrick. Sandhiya delivered a perfect corner and the striker headed the ball into the net. The Sandhiya-Ranjita duo caused further misery to the PIFA defence five minutes later when the latter dribbled past two defenders and found the net once more. Trailing 0-5 before the hour mark, the game was all over for PIFA by that time.

PIFA pulled one goal back in the 75th minute. Nisilia found a patch of space inside the box and made no mistake with the ball. The scoreline read 5-1 after the strike.

Monika pounced on a goalkeeper error and restored the 5-goal-lead for SSB in the 80th minute. The game ended 6-1 at the Batallion Ground in favour of SSB. Ranjita won the Hero of the Match award for her four goals.

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