Kickstart FC registered a narrow 1-0 victory over Kolhapur City in their Hero Indian Women’s League (IWL) Group A fixture on Thursday. Kavya P. scored the solitary goal of the match, in what was a moment of mesmerising brilliance.
The first half remained goal-less as both teams created chances, with Kickstart enjoying greater opportunities to score. However, some fine goalkeeping from Kolhapur keeper Shreya Hooda ensured the scoreline remained level.
Kolhapur did well to defend in compact spaces, reading the runs of Kickstart’s attacking duo of Kavya and Renu quite well. They seemed to have found the formula to neutralise the offense but struggled to strike back due to the lack of creativity in the final third.
The deadlock was broken in the 68th minute, when Kavya, in a moment of sheer individual brilliance, left five defenders at bay and with only the goalkeeper to beat, she did so with aplomb to put Kickstart ahead.
That moment turned out to be the difference on the day as Kickstart registered their second win in Group A. The result sees them rise to third on the table with six points, while Kolhapur remain fifth with one point, still elusive of their first victory.