Rising Students Club edges past Gokulam in Women’s League

Following a competitve first half, which remained goalless, it was in the 73rd and 76th minute, when Ngoubi Devi and Anju Tamang scored, respectively, to ensure three points for the side.

It was Rising Students Club, which had the initial control of the match for the opening 10 minutes.   -  AIFF

2017 runner-up Rising Students Club comfotably edged past Gokulam Kerala with a 2-0 victory in the Hero Indian Women’s League 2017-18 match, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Shillong, on Monday.

Following a competitve first half, which remained goalless, it was in the 73rd and 76th minute, when Ngoubi Devi and Anju Tamang scored, respectively, to ensure three points for the side.

It was Rising, which had the initial control of the match for the opening 10 minutes. However, slowly, Gokulam picked up its game, as the teams fought hard in the first half.

Fazila, of Gokulam, had the opening chance in the 16th minute, but was ruled offside. It was followed by another chance off Anju, but she shot it over. In the 42nd minute, it was Fazila again, only this time, she was denied by the crossbar.

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The second half, too, began on a similar note, with both teams struggling to find the back of the net. Fazila again had a chance in the 67th minute, only this time, she hit the side net.

It was in the 73rd minute, Ngoubi easily found the back of the net, and Anju added another in the 76th minute, with a chip over the keeper to make it 2-0.

With a disappointed Gokulam fading out, Rising still had it’s chances, only to gone pegging. Nevertheless, the three points were in its bag, as it gets set to face Eastern Sporting Union, on March 28. Meanwhile, Gokulam faces Sethu FC on March 29.

In another match, Easter Sporting Union, too, edged past Indira Gandhi AS&E 3-2, as it  was placed second in the table, with three points, tied with Rising, which is ahead on goal difference.