Sethu FC defeated Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education (IGASE) to confirm their qualification for the semi-finals of the Indian Women's League (IWL) 2017-18 held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya.In the other result on Friday, India Rush SC finally broke their duck to pick up their maiden point of the competition after they held Gokulam Kerala to a goalless draw.
SETHU FC [Indumathi 27’; Sabina Khatun 76', 81'] 3-1 INDIRA GANDHI ASE [Pradeepa Sekar 35’]
With the fixture getting off on equal footing, Sethu FC started creating chances for themselves and converted one of them in the 27th minute when Indumathi struck home from close range.
The lead was short-lived as Indira Gandhi ASE equalised in the 35th minute through Pradeepa Sekar, who hit the target once again before half-time but was adjudged off-side. The two sides hence went into the break with a goal apiece.
It was beginning to look an engaging affair in the second half. Sethu FC goalkeeper Sowmiya N blocked Indumathi's free-kick in the 56th minute, while on the other side IGASE goalkeeper Priyanka M was lucky to see the ball go wide after she had misjudged the flight of a long ball in the 63rd minute.
The southerners eventually regained their lead in the 76th minute with Sabina Khatun finding the back of the net from an acute angle. The Bangladeshi forward extended her side's lead with a curling shot that bulged the net in the 81st minute.
Sethu FC then shut shop against all of IGASE's attempts to get back in the game and recorded their fourth consecutive win on the trot since the 5-0 defeat against Kangchup Road Young Physical & Sports Association (KRYHPSA) in their opener.
The win assures Sethu FC, currently second with 12 points from 5 games, a place in the semi-finals before facing Eastern Sporting Union (13) on Sunday to decide who will top the standings.
On the other hand, with 3 points from 5 matches, IGASE have expired their chances of making it to the next round.
INDIA RUSH 0-0 GOKULAM KERALA
India Rush SC have picked up a point, albeit a bit too late in the league stage of the competition, courtesy of a draw against Gokulam Kerala.
The Keralites dominated the proceedings, especially with Ikwaput Fazila forcing rival goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan to a save within the sixth minute.
Gokulam got their next big opportunity in the 20th minute when Fazila got the better against an onrushing Chauhan but shot wide from well outside the box, while Rumpa Malik was a mere spectator in goal at the opposite end.
Fazila did manage to slot the ball at the back of the net once in the 34th minute, but the referee's whistle was for a foul against the Ugandan forward.
The second half lacked chances created by both sides with Gokulam's best opportunity coming from a 71st minute free-kick from the edge of the box.
As a result of the point, with four points from five matches, Gokulam still have hopes for a top-four finish in the league stage should they win against KRYHPSA on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, at rock bottom with only a point from five outings, India Rush can all but play for pride when they face Rising Student Club on Sunday. A win for the Mumbai-based team can possibly help them avoid finishing with the wooden spoon while Rising Student have their play-off spot at stake.
|1||Eastern Sp. Union (Q)||5||4||1||0||+6||13|
|2||Sethu FC (Q)||5||4||0||1||+2||12|
|4||Rising Student Club||5||2||1||2||+3||7|
|6||Indira Gandhi ASE (E)||5||1||0||4||-12||3|
|7||India Rush SC (E)||5||0||1||4||-6||1|
|April 8||Indira Gandhi ASE vs. KRYHPSA||08:00|
|April 8||Rising Student vs. India Rush||11:00|
|April 8||Eastern Union vs. Sethu FC||15:00|
|April 10||KRYHPSA vs. Gokulam Kerala||08:00|
|April 12||First rank team vs. Fourth rank team||11:00|
|April 12||Second rank team vs. Third rank team||15:00|
|April 14||Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2||15:00|