Odisha FC take their maiden IWL trophy with a stunning win

Odisha FC’s near-perfect IWL season ended on a flawless note on the lush green turf of Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.

Update: 2024-03-24 13:30 GMT

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Odisha FC’s near-perfect IWL 2023-24 season ended on a flawless note on the lush green turf of Kalinga Stadium when they outclassed Kickstart FC 6-0 to bag their maiden title on Sunday.

Packed with National Team stars, the champions, who led 3-0 at half time, were aided by a hat-trick by former India U17 captain Lynda Kom.

While Pyari Xaxa scored a brace, Karthika Angamuthu struck a stunner to complete the rout. Lynda and Pyari combined to slam in three goals within 22 minutes to make sure the championship didn’t slip out of their hands and three more in the second half only added to the misery of the Bengaluru-based side and emphasised the dominance Odisha FC displayed in the just-finished campaign.

While Odisha FC ended with 31 points from 12 matches to leave their nearest rivals, Gokulam Kerala FC, two points behind in the race, Kickstart FC finished the distant third, 10 points behind the ultimate champions.

If anyone was looking for a dramatic turnaround in fortunes on the last day of the championship when two matches were played simultaneously, Odisha FC were certainly in no mood to entertain them.

The home side knew that all they needed were three points to reduce the other tie of the day between Gokulam Kerala FC and East Bengal FC into a redundant affair in the championship battle. They did exactly that and almost with vengeance.

So intense was the hunger of Odisha FC for the title that they nearly settled the issue even before their handful of drum-beating fans could settle down in the stands. Two goals within 13 minutes broke the backbone of Kickstart resistance and thereafter it was a kind of one-sided affair that left the goodly crowd yawning after some time.

The goal-riot began early in the 11th minute. Former India U17 player Lynda Kom ran in to open the account off a pass from Win Theingi Tun and two minutes later she provided a perfect pass for Pyari to do the needful. Another one from Pyari in the 22nd minute took the wind out of Kickstart FC, who looked a hapless lot by then.

Odisha FC continued to toy with their rivals in the second half to pump in three more goals. While Lynda earned the distinction of scoring a hat-trick in the title-deciding encounter, Karthika Angamuthu’s left-footed stunner from around 22 yards was perhaps the best of the half-a-dozen goals scored on this day.

Gokulam Kerala FC finish as runners-up

Defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC’s dream of adding another title to their kitty remained unfulfilled despite a commanding 5-1 win over East Bengal FC in their concluding IWL 2023-24 match.

Gokulam, who finished with 29 points from 12 matches, had to stay contained with the runners-up place at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode.

Two goals in the first half from Soumya Guguloth (30’, 48’) and Sandhiya Ranganathan (34’) provided Gokulam with a boost and grip over the match. Soumya (48’) added another in the second half, along with goals from Ikwaput (61’) and Muskan Subba (86’), thus earning three points for Gokulam. Sulanjana Raul (64’) managed to pull one back for East Bengal.

The match kicked off with Gokulam showing their intent early on. Soumya notched up the opening goal in the 30th minute. Sandhiya scored the second goal in the 35th minute from a well-executed set-piece, courtesy of Ratanbala’s assist. Sandhiya’s towering header helped Gokulam widen the lead.

The first half ended with Gokulam firmly in control, as East Bengal struggled to pose any significant attacking threat. The one-way traffic continued in the second half, with Soumya doubling Gokulam’s lead with a clinical finish from the right flank in the 48th minute, her second goal of the day.

Gokulam’s dominance persisted as Ikwaput capitalised on a misjudgment by the goalkeeper to slot home the fourth goal for her side.

East Bengal showed resilience as Sulangana pulled one back in the 64th minute. Midfielder Sanjida’s precise pass found Sulangana in the middle, who made no mistake with her finish inside the box.

Gokulam, however, refused to relent and further extended their lead with Muskan Subba’s thunderous strike from outside the box, making it five for the Kerala-based outfit.


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