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Eastern Sporting, Sethu and KRYHPSA come on top on sixth day of Indian Women's League


A good day of football with six goals and three one-sided games, IWL continues to amaze the audiences. 

Eastern Sporting Union kept their 100% record intact with a 2-0 victory over Gokulam Kerala FC in the Hero Indian Women’s League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on April 2, 2018.

Mandakini opened the scoring in the first half with her strike in the 24th minute before Kamala Devi doubled the lead after the break in the 50th minute. The win took Eastern Sporting to 12 points from 4 matches.

Eastern Sporting Union came into the match on back of three victories while Gokulam Kerala FC thumped Indira Gandhi ASE 6-1 in their previous encounter. Both teams started off on a positive note, putting the ball into each other’s boxes.

Gokulam won a couple of corners with ESU’s Kamala combining with Prameshwori to have a go at the goal. The breakthrough came in the 24th minute when Mandakini struck from outside the box. Her shot from 30 yards out finding the far post corner.

Kamala had a chance to double the lead in the 29th but her shot was blocked as Gokulam found it difficult to get the ball forward. Fazila made a run into the box in the 31st but was unable to find the net. A serious injury to Naocha in the 42nd minute made her leave the field on a stretcher as the half ended 1-0 in Eastern’s favour.

The 2nd half saw ESU doubling their lead as Kamala Devi struck in the 50th minute. Her curling left footer making it 2-0 for the reigning champions. Meanwhile, at the other end Fazila was unable to show her usual set of skills as Umapati Devi and Manisa Panna kept her under check.

Frustrations rising, the Ugandan lost her cool as she elbowed Sweety in the face to earn a yellow card in the 62nd. Umapati clearly had the striker under control as she made crucial interceptions to stop her supply line.

Apart from a save by Rashmi to deny Kamala in the 77th no other noteworthy chances were created as Eastern Sporting Union notched up their fourth consecutive win to top the table.

Eastern Sporting Union will next face KRYHPSA on the April 6 while Gokulam will square off against India Rush SC on April 6.

Sethu beat Rising 2-0 to notch up second win

Rising Student’s Club slumped to a defeat as Sethu FC rose to the occasion to beat them 2-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on April 2, 2018

Bangladeshi striker Sabina Khatun struck in the 47th minute before Manisha doubled the score line with her strike in the 90th minute to notch up the win.

Rising Student’s Club came off stronger of the two as the went on the attack straightaway.  Anju Tamang saw her shot go just wide in the 2nd minute before Sanju shot it straight toward Sowmiya in the 5th.

The other frontline players of Ngoubi and Pyari Xaxa also joined in as they had a crack at the goal in the opening ten minutes. A brilliant save by Sowmiya off Anju kept the Southern side at parity in the 11th minute, in a spell which saw some frantic defending by Sethu.

The game slowed down but Rising kept the pressure intact with Pyari coming close with her header in the 38th minute before Sanju’s shot was saved just before half-time. Goalkeeper Sowmiya being the solid wall between the goal and Rising players.

The 2nd half started with a bang as Indumathi’s pass split the Rising defence. Sabina Khatun did the rest as she scored to give Sethu the lead in the 47th minute. The goal seemed to charge up Sethu as they made more frequent forays into the Rising box. Jabamani Tudu did the star turn as she pulled off a goal-line save.

Meanwhile at the other end Sanju missed by a whisker as her ill-fortune in front of the goal continued. Anju Tamang then had a golden chance to equalise but Player of the Match Sowmiya pulled off another stunning save to deny her.

With the minutes ticking Rising drove forward in numbers but the goal remained elusive. With the team playing a high line it left them vulnerable to counter attacks and Manisha utilised one such opportunity as she scored in the 90th minute to complete the win.

Sethu FC will face India Rush SC on the April 4 in their next encounter with Rising Student’s Club taking on Indira Gandhi ASE on the same day.


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KRYHPSA continued their unbeaten run in the Hero Indian Women’s League with a 2-0 victory over India Rush SC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong in April 2, 2018.

Captain Bala Devi struck first blood in the 21st minute with a header before she doubled the lead in the minute. The win takes KRYHPSA to 7 points from their 3 matches while India Rush SC are yet to register a single point.

KRYHPSA dominated from the word go in what was totally a one side affair. The early minutes saw the trio of Dangmei Grace, Bala Devi and Bindyarani split open the India Rush defensive line. But their below par finishing prevented them from taking the lead.

The breakthrough arrived in the 21st minute when Ranjana delivered an inch perfect cross to Bala Devi who headed home from a close range to give KRYHPSA the lead. Bindya came close the minute after before Bala Devi’s shot came off the post in the 30th.

A hapless India Rush SC looked on as the Manipuri side mounted wave after wave of attacks. Bindyarani saw her shot brush the post as KRYHPSA could have easily scored three before the break. Dangmei Grace saw her attempt come off the post in the 44th as the teams went into half-time.

The game continued in a similar fashion to that of the first half as Grace tormented the Rush defence from the right. Her runs along with Bala in the middle provided some nervous moments at the back.

India Rush finally had their first shot on goal when Grace Lalrampari struck the bar post with her attempt from a distance in the 58th minute. But that was just a flash in the pan as KRYHPSA continued their dominant ways with Bala Devi scoring her second in the 61st minute.

Bala Devi almost got her hattrick in the 64th but Michel was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Bindyarani too was denied a goal when Aditi Chauhan’s outstretched hands prevented the ball from going in at the 80th minute mark.

KRYHPSA are now slated to face Eastern Sporting Union on April 4 while India Rush SC will face Sethu FC on the same day.

Published: Mon Apr 02, 2018 06:50 PM IST


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