By Joseph Solomon,
AIFF Media Team
SHILLONG: Eastern Sorting Union played out a 1-1 draw with KRYHPSA in a group stage match of the second edition of the Hero Indian Women’s League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya today (April 04, 2018).
Bala Devi’s 14th minute goal was cancelled out by Roja Devi’s strike in the dying embers of the first half as both teams shared points.
In a tightly contested game, both teams tested each other abilities on the field. However it was KRYHPSA that initiated the early attack when in the 2nd minute itself, Ratanbala Devi’s freekick went inches over the Eastern Sporting Union goal.
Four minutes later, at the end other, Kamala Devi was handed a golden opportunity to score for ESU but with no real pressure from the opposition defence and only the custodian to beat, she shot wide of the goal.
It wasn’t long before ESU rued their missed opportunity infront of goal and in the 14th minute, Bala Devi’s rasping shot crashed into the back of the net to give KRYHPSA a solitary goal lead.
Although Eastern Sporting Union kept knocking on KRYHPSA’s defence, it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that the team had a clear opportunity. A scrappy clearance from KRYHPSA’s defence fell to skipper Prameshwori Devi inside the box, but Prameshwori Devi’s shot sailed over the bar.
First-half substitute Roja Devi levelled the proceedings for ESU in the added extra time of the first half, after her volley from inside the box proved too much to handle for Roshini Devi. The half-time scoreline read 1-1.
In an end-to-end second half, both teams stretched each other out and tested each other’s custodian. In the 46th minute itself, the opposing custodian mopped up Kamala Devi’s shot from distance easily and carrying their momentum ESU forced KRYHPSA into making a goal-line clearance in the 60th minute.
Prameshwori Devi released a cross from the right flank for Mandakini Devi, only for the latter’s header to be thwarted away from goal.
In the 75th minute, KRYHPSA were awarded a penalty after Ratanbala Devi was fouled in the box, but Ashalata Devi failed to test Panthoi Chanu from the spot kick as she shot wide of the goal.
The full-time scoreline read 1-1 as both teams shared the spoils of battle.
Posted on : Wednesday April 04, 2018