Eight teams from different states across India are participating in the tournament…
Cream Gender Equality and Purple Women’s Empowerment played out a goalless draw in the opening match of the Discover Football Women’s Festival 2017 played at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa Goa earlier today.
Discover Football is the world’s leading network using football as a tool to advocate for a world in which girls and women can play sports without being discriminated against for any reason.
The tournament is a one of its kind happening for the first time in the state to promote women’s football. The tournament comprises of eight teams from states like Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi and the host Goa will run until 12th August
The girls started the match with attractive football from the both the ends. However, Purple WE were the first to get a shot at goal when Ekambara shot but Cream GE’ s Cynthia Lobo made no mistake to clear the danger on time.
They once again came close to scoring when just a touch from Juhi could have made the difference on the score sheet but Cream’s Linda Calado came to rescue her side with a clearance. A few minutes later, Ekambara’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was nicely collected by Cream’s keeper Norzin Lhamo.
At the other end, Barnali made a superb run dribbling past two defenders to enter the box but Shrutika’s excellent tackle cleared the danger for the Purples. This was the only attempt by the Creams in the first half.
Like in the first session, the Purples started the second half strongly as their midfielder Jo showed some excellent footwork to cut past the opponents but failed in the final third.
In the last few minutes, Creams also created some good chances to score but every time, Purples’ custodian Rhea stood tall to keep a clean sheet for her side. First, she denied Usha in a one-on-one situation and later made a diving effort to save Dhwani’s shot.
However, after so much of action in the match, both the sides failed to capitalise on their chances as the match ended in a goalless draw.