Indian Women's League giants Gokulam Kerala FC came back from an early deficit to beat Eastern Sporting Union FC 5-1 in the second semifinal of Hero IWL 2023 on Friday. Kickstart FC had already booked the first slot for the final.
Gokulam started the match on a bright note but it was Kamala Devi who got Eastern Union the first goal of the match in the 18th minute with a subtle chip over the keeper. Indumathi turned in a penalty in the 30th minute to draw the score level at 1-1. Gokulam went into the break with a 2-1 lead courtesy Sabitra Bhandari. They asserted their dominance in the second half, with Sabitra being involved in all the goals.
- 19 May 2023 2:57 PM GMT
Gokulam clinched last season's IWL title in quite a convincing style, winning all 11 of their games. Now, they find themselves within two games of a successful title defence.
Eastern Sporting Union last reached the IWL final five years ago but will have to produce one of their most stunning performances ever against heavyweights Gokulam Kerala if they are to repeat that feat.