FC Pune City edged past Jeppiaar Institute of Technology FC 1-0 in the ongoing inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital today (January 31, 2017) to gain their first win of the Tournament.
Dalima Chhibber’s 47th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides in a match largely contested in the midfield wherein both opponents tried to nullify each other.
Jeppiaar IT FC were quick off the blocks and tested the FC Pune City custodian as early as the 2nd minute when Pratima Mukhia’s shot went straight down the opposition custodian’s throat.
With the match being confined to the midfield both Teams tried to outfox the opponent, but instead of succeeding, only nullified the danger. The only highlight of the first half came in the 20th minute when Pradeepa danced past the FC Pune City defence line but failed to test the opposition custodian with a strong shot.
After both Teams went into the tunnel at half-time on level pegging, the complexion of the match changed completely after the Teams re-emerged.
In the 47th minute, Dalima Chhibber latched onto a Jyoti Burrett pass and smashed it home to give FC Pune City a 1-0 lead. With FC Pune City taking the lead, the ‘Girls in Orange’ dictated proceeding and tested the Jeppiaar custodian with strong shots.
While the Jeppiaar custodian passed the test with flying colors, the midfield failed to foster opportunities and relied on counter attacks to threaten FC Pune City.
Jeppiaar pressed for the equalizer but failed to construct any clear goal scoring chance, meanwhile FC Pune City committed bodies in defence to saw out the match. At the end of time the full-time scoreline read 1-0 in FC Pune City’s favour.
(Report & Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)