MATCH DAY 1 PREVIEW – Indian Women’s League

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Gokulam, the defending champions Kerala FC opened their Indian Women’s League (IWL) campaign with an 8-2 win over East Bengal FC in a Group A encounter on Wednesday at the TransStadia.

Sabitra Bhandari’s five goals, as well as goals from Indumathi Kathiresan, Vivian Konadu Adjei, and captain Dangmei Grace, guided Kerala to a decisive victory. This was East Bengal’s debut in the IWL, the country’s premier women’s club league.

Sabitra Bhandari opened the goal in the early phases of the encounter. Beating East Bengal keeper Jambalu Tayang and putting the ball into an empty net. She scored her second goal of the game. After receiving a defense-splitting ball from the middle and rounding off Jambalu once again.

With a shot that beat Jambalu hands down in the top corner, Indumathi made it 3-0. Rimpa Halder’s shot from inside the penalty box cut the advantage for the Red and Golds. Bringing them back into the game for a short time.

Sabitra Bhandari accomplished her hat-trick as a defensive blunder allowed the Gokulam forward to hit the target more easily. Tulsi Hembram scored for East Bengal after the game began after intermission. Tulsi used her physical might to go past the Gokulam defence and put the ball into the back of the net.

Following this, Gokulam completely dominated the contest. Sabitra scored her fourth goal of the game with a beautiful right footed into the top corner from beyond the penalty area, leaving Jambalu with little opportunity to stop.

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Mumbai Knights win by a single point

In another Group A encounter, Mumbai Knights beat Kahaani Football Club by a single goal. After Priyanka scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute, the losers worked hard to get an equaliser, but it proved elusive.

Sports Odisha wins in a close race

At the Shahibaug Police Station, Sports Odisha edged HOPS FC, Delhi 3-2 in a wellcontested encounter. Following a scoreless first half, Odisha struck twice in eight minutes through Rekha Poudel (51st) and replacement Manisha Naik (58th). HOPS, on the other hand, fought back forcefully to tie the game with goals from Shailja (71st) and Rajni Bala (81st). Finally, Odisha got the last laugh as substitute Anju scored deep into added time to seal the victory.

 Misaka United has it easy

Misaka United FC of Bangalore defeated Mata Rukmani Football Club of Chhattisgarh 2-0 at the TransStadia. Lalrinmuani was responsible for both goals.

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