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AFC U16 Women's Championship Qualifiers: Draw with Laos knocks India out

10:35 PM MYT 23/09/2018
India U16 Womens
The junior Indian eves failed to make it to the second round of qualifiers for the 2019 tournament in Thailand...

The Indian national U-16 women's team could only manage a 1-1 draw with Laos in their final Group B first-round qualifier for the 2019 AFC Women's U16 Championship at the MFF Stadium in Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia on Sunday.

India's Aveka Singh (18') drew first blood but Pe (82') equalised late with around ten minutes to go. Laos finished the group as champions with ten points from four games.

India managed seven points from the group but could not manage to be one of the top-three second-placed teams from the six groups.

Coach Firmin D'Souza made as many as two changes in the starting line-up having brought in Pinku Devi and Kritina Devi in the places of Anju and Kiran respectively. Laos missed the services of their ace striker Phimpa who was suspended.

Lynda Kom took a long corner directed to Shilky Devi but the skipper's side-tapping landed closer to Aveka after it ricocheted off the defender. Aveka placed it nicely to find the top corner of the net to break the deadlock after the fifteen-minute mark.

There was one opportunity for India to score before the break but Sunita's miss meant the scoreline read in favour of the Indians at the break.

Lynda probably had the easiest opportunity of the match in the 74th minute. The winger was left completely unmarked near the second post but she miscued the chance to gift Laos a lifeline.

8 minutes to the end of regulation time, Pe hit the target to dash India’s dream of making it to the second round of the qualifiers.

INDIA: Manisha (GK), Jyoti Kumari, Ritu Devi, Pinku Devi (Anju 85’), Priyangka Devi, Kritina Devi (Kiran 80'), Priyanka Sujeesh, Lynda Kom, Aveka Singh, Shilky Devi (C), Sunita Munda.