SHILLONG, April 7, 2018: 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.
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.
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.
Source: Goal India
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