Eastern Sporting win, Aizawl FC suffer loss

NEW DELHI: It’s not every that you get to see two Players scoring two hat-tricks in a single match. The inaugural day of the Indian Women’s League, however, was different.
National Team striker Kamala Devi and Kashmina, her partner upfront scored a hat-trick each as Eastern Sporting Union were off to a convincing start when they defeated Jeppiar Institute of Technology FC 7-1 to register full points.
The winners lead 1-0 at the half-time, and if you add the two hat-tricks (in the match) to Sasmita Malik’s hat-trick in the opening match of the Championship which was held earlier in the day, we witnessed three hat-tricks on the opening day itself.
Kamala who was adjudged the Player of the match said, “its feels nice to score goals in the opening match itself.” She won Rs. 5000 for her performance.
Meanwhile in the first game of the day AIFF’s Player of the Year Sasmita Malik’s hat-trick set the tone for the Indian Women’s League as Rising Student Club, Odisha came back from behind to beat Aizawl FC 6-1 today at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi.
The winners led 3-1 at the interval.
It was Aizawl FC who surged into the lead as early as the 4th minute – Elizabeth’s effort beating a diving Sukanti Raul under the Rising bar.
However, Rising Student Club, boasting of as many as eight International players in the Starting XI pulled it back some nine minutes later – Anju Tamang slotting it home.
Some ten minutes later Prari Xaxa, dubbed as the one for the future, set the tone hitting the target.
2016 AIFF Player of the Year Sasmita Malik, a bit subdued till then, tried to get into the thick of things but was foiled in a 1v1 situation by Aizawl FC Goalkeeper Lalhruaizeli Changte.
Sasmita eventually put her name in the score sheet in the 41st minute, her placement making it 3-1 prior to the interval.
Changing over, Sasmita made it 4-1 in the 77th minute, her sublime left foot doing the trick once again. Quick to spot Zeli off her line, she chipped it over her head.
Anju made it 5-1 in the 88th minute – her powerful shot beating Zeli hands down and then two minutes later, Sasmita completed the rout.
Sasmita was declared the Player of the Match winning Rs. 5000 in the process.
“It was a good boost for us,” she said. “This victory will make us confident as we progress further in the League. We have worked very hard for the first edition of the IWL,” she said.