NCC players defeated girls from Manipur 2-1 to enter the Junior Girls (under-17) semifinals in the 57th Subroto Cup International Football Tournament at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium here today..
In another quarterfinal that followed, the girls from Nagaland scored a facile 1-0 win over Delhi Delhi Dynamos FC . But the two winners have a lot of time to brood over today’s match as they will clash with each other in the first semifinal to be played on October 8.
The NCC girls were too overcautious and it hampered their free-flowing attacking posture today. As a result, more than creating opportunities they waited for their opponents from Manipur to make mistakes, when their defense seemed a bit relaxed. That was when their striker Van Lal Maoll scored, her first goal coming in the 20th minute and the winner in the 59th. But even before NCC found their target, Daya Devi had given the Manipur outfit lead with an 18th minute goal. However, they could not push their rivals any further as they guarded their citadel very well.
In the second match, the Nagaland girls seemed happy to go through after Kithali struck in the 33rd minute. With hardly any goal-bearing moves emanating from the Delhi side the Nagaland girls were content with the solitary goal as they defended stoutly not to let the equalizer.