Rising Students Club slumped to a defeat as Sethu FC rose to the occasion to beat them 2-0 in an Indian Women’s League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong today.
Bangladeshi striker Sabina Khatun struck in the 47th minute before Manisha doubled the score line with her strike in the 90th minute to notch up the win.
Rising Student’s Club came off stronger of the two as the went on the attack straightaway. Anju Tamang saw her shot go just wide in the 2nd minute before Sanju shot it straight toward Sowmiya in the 5th.
The other frontline players of Ngoubi and Pyari Xaxa also joined in as they had a crack at the goal in the opening ten minutes. A brilliant save by Sowmiya off Anju kept the Southern side at parity in the 11th minute, in a spell which saw some frantic defending by Sethu.
The game slowed down but Rising kept the pressure intact with Pyari coming close with her header in the 38th minute before Sanju’s shot was saved just before half-time. Goalkeeper Sowmiya being the solid wall between the goal and Rising players.
The 2nd half started with a bang as Indumathi’s pass split the Rising defence. Sabina Khatun did the rest as she scored to give Sethu the lead in the 47th minute. The goal seemed to charge up Sethu as they made more frequent forays into the Rising box. Jabamani Tudu did the star turn as she pulled off a goal-line save.
Meanwhile at the other end Sanju missed by a whisker as her ill-fortune in front of the goal continued. Anju Tamang then had a golden chance to equalise but Player of the Match Sowmiya pulled off another stunning save to deny her.
With the minutes ticking Rising drove forward in numbers but the goal remained elusive. With the team playing a high line it left them vulnerable to counter attacks and Manisha utilised one such opportunity as she scored in the 90th minute to complete the win.
Sethu FC will face India Rush SC on the April 4 in their next encounter with Rising Student’s Club taking on Indira Gandhi ASE on the same day.