Sethu FC, the defending champions of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) started their campaign in 2020 on a winning note as they thrashed Kolhapur City FC 5-0 in a Group A clash. Amsavalli (18′), Sandhya (61′, 66′, 90+2′) and K Sumithra (64′) were the scorers.
The winners of the Tamil Nadu Women’s Football League, Sethu FC had a superior percentage of ball possession throughout the game and went 1-0 up when Amsavalli dribbled in from the right and found the goal in the 18th minute.
Sethu, who made changes to their attack after the first half, netted four goals in the second half, as Sandhya got the better of the opponent goal-keeper Shreya Hoooda in a one-on-one battle to start the carnage. She broke through the defence twice more to complete her hattrick, with Sumithra joining the score sheet after the 60th minute as well.
In another Group A match earlier in the day, Kangchup Road Young Physical & Sports Association (KRYPSHA) FC started the fourth edition of the tournament by thrashing Kickstart FC 4-0 at the Bangalore Stadium.
Dangmei Grace scored a brace (15′, 36′), while Anju Tamang (19′) and Ratanbala Devi (64′) were the other scorers.
Grace helped her side go one-up in the 15th minute after she sent a ball from the right and sent it past Rashmi Kumari. She netted her second goal in the 36th minute but not before Tamang had helped them further their lead in the first half.
Grace was unable to continue the full game after a clash with Kumari in the 41st minute of the match. Both players went for the ball and eventually ended up injuring themselves. Grace was replaced by Asharani Devi.
KRYPSHA FC, the team from Manipur, added another goal in the 64th minute as they clinched a dominating win.