Eastern Sporting Union continues winning run

Kamala Devi struck twice before half-time (7, 27) before Dalima Chibber pulled one back for Rush in the 86minute. Ranjibala struck late, in the 90+3 minute, to round off the goals.

Action between Eastern Sporting Union and India Rush.   -  Special Arrangement

Eastern Sporting Union continued its winning run in the Indian Women’s League 2017-18 with a 3-1 victory over India Rush Soccer Club at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Saturday.

Kamala Devi struck twice before half-time (7, 27) before Dalima Chibber pulled one back for Rush in the 86minute. Ranjibala struck late, in the 90+3 minute, to round off the goals.

Eastern Sporting dominated from the word go as Prameshwori made her famous runs down the left. One of those runs brought the breakthrough as Kamala was at the receiving end of one of her crosses to score in the seventh minute.

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Kamala saw an overhead kick saved by the keeper in the 19th minute before Sweety found Ranjibala clear minutes later. The second goal arrived soon after when Kamala struck again to make it 2-0, just before the half hour mark.

Minutes later, Ranjibala and Prameshwori missed the target by inches in quick succession. Panthoi who was otherwise a mere spectator was finally forced into save by Grace. That was the only bit of clear chance by Rush as the first half came to an end.

The second half began on a similar note as India Rush found it difficult to get the ball past the halfway line. Kamala layed one off to Thahenbei but she shot wide. A free-kick in the 72nd minute didn’t give much headway to India Rush.

Just when it seemed no goals were left in the match, Dalima scored from 40 yards out. Her free-kick was spilled by Panthoi as she fumbled and the ball crossed the line to make it 2-1. But Eastern Sporting Union never looked in any discomfort as Ranjibala scored late into added time to complete the win.

Eastern Sporting Union will now face Gokulam Kerala FC on the April 2, while India Rush SC will take on KRYHPSA the same day.