Fourteen goals were scored on the second day of the FSDL-organised U-17 Women’s Championship in Kalyani on Wednesday. Tigresses beat Panthers 5-2 and Lionesses defeated Cheetahs 6-1 as both teams made it to the final on Sunday with a game left to play.
Head coach Priya PV masterminded the win for Tigresses over the Panthers in the first match of the evening. Anju scored a brace while Nitu Lina, Amisha Baxla and Karen Estrocio also added their names on the scoresheet. Panthers had something to cheer as strikes from Shree Lakshmi and Lalnunsiami made for a respectable reading.
However, the comeback was too late as the Subhash Chakraborty-coached side exited the race to reach the final after twin defeats.
Aimed at scouting the best talents to form a well-equipped team ahead of host India’s participation at the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the fourth game of the tournament had more excitement in store as head coach Thomas Dennerby looked on from the stands.
Lionesses took down Bembem Devi’s Cheetahs 6-1 in the second match. Sumati Kumari, Lynda Kom, Shilky Devi, Priyangka Devi and Sai Sankhe scored for the Alex Ambrose-coached side, while a scorcher from Priyanka Kashyap went in vain for the opponent.
Lynda deservedly got her goal when she scored from 20 yards out but Panthers’ Kashyap had bettered that distance with her goal coming from around 30 yards out.
Shilky Devi then made no mistake from the spot before Priyangka Devi's sublime finish and Lynda’s second, which made her the leading scorer of the tournament with three goals, took the game away from the Panthers. Sai also came off the bench to make it half a dozen.
Lionesses has set up a date with Tigresses, which has similarly won both its group games so far. Interestingly, both the teams will face each other in the final group stage game for bragging rights on Friday leading to the summit clash. Cheetahs and Panthers would play for pride on the same day.
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