The Indian U-15 women’s national team rode on Shilky Devi’s hattrick to kick-start its SAFF U-15 Championship campaign by a thumping 12-0 win over Sri Lanka at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Thursday.
A dominant attacking performance saw the Indian women register an easy win, scoring six goals in the first half and six again in the second courtesy of a Shilky Devi hattrick (1’, 20’,44’) and strikes by Lynda Kom (6’), Avika Singh (13’, 58’), Sunita Munda (42’, 79’), Kritina Devi (47’), Kiran (72’) and Anju (87’,90’).
Skipper Shilky Devi opened the floodgates in the very first minute when she found the back of the net from close range. Five minutes later, Lynda Kom smashed her chance into the back of the net to double India’s lead.
The Indian women restricted Sri Lanka to its half and created chances at will. In the 13th minute, Avika Singh’s long-range effort found the back of the net to triple India’s advantage. Shilky Devi added another in the 20th minute to make it 4-0 as India upped the ante and all but secured the win.
In the 32nd minute, Priyangka Devi’s cross from the right flank was met by Sunita's header but her attempt hit the side netting on its way out. Ten minutes later, Sunita netted the ball home to make it 5-0 and Shilky completed her hattrick in the 44th minute to make the score 6-0.
With the Indian defence almost remaining untested throughout the first half, the Indian goalkeeper was not called into action to make a single save. The half-time scoreline read 6-0 as the Indian women went into the break with a comfortable lead over their opponents.
In the second half, the Indians continued their dominant attacking momentum and defender Kritina Devi found the back of the net in the 47th minute to make it 7-0.
Avika Singh’s shot from distance crept into the bottom corner of the Sri Lankan goal made it 8-0. Substitute Kiran joined the fray of goal scorers and found the net from inside the box in the 72nd minute to add to Sri Lanka’s worries.
Sunita's goal in the 79th minute and Anju’s goals in the 87th and 90th minutes completed the rout as the side defeated Sri Lanka 12-0.
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