IWL: Rising Student's Club faces Eastern Sporting Union in summit clash

While Rising Student’s Club topped the group with 12 points and brushed aside FC Pune City 2-0 in the semifinals, Eastern Sporting Union crushed Alakhpura FC 4-1 in the other semifinal.

Indian Women's League

The final between Rising Student's Club and Eastern Sporting Union will kick off in New Delhi at 2:00pm (IST).   -  AIFF

Rising Student’s Club will face Eastern Sporting Union in the final of the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.

While Rising Student’s Club topped the group with 12 points and brushed aside FC Pune City 2-0 in the semifinals, Eastern Sporting Union crushed Alakhpura FC 4-1 in the other semifinal.

Eastern Sporting Union will look to rely on the goal scoring form of Kamala Devi, who scored a hat-trick in the semifinal and is the leading high scorer of the tournament. The midfield duo of skipper Bembem Devi and Premi Devi will look to stem the forwards.

In Pyari Xaxa and Sasmita Malik, Rising Student’s Club possess fast-footed players who have caught the opposition defense offguard repeatedly in the League. Sasmita’s pinpoint crosses and play on the flanks can be the deciding factor in the match.

Speaking on the eve of the final, Eastern Sporting Union skipper Bembem Devi said: “Rising Student’s Club are a team which can hurt us at any moment. their players are quick on the ball and our defence will have to be on their toes,”

“Even their defence is quite strong with players like Ashalata (Devi) in the back. It will be a challenge for us but we believe that we can win the final and lift the trophy. We will give it our all," she said.

Meanwhile Kamala Devi of ESU is hoping to add another feather to her cap. “Everybody dreams of scoring in a Final, that is what people remember and I would love to score a goal to lead our Team to win the match”, Kamala opined.

Rising Student’s Club is cautious of the threat that Eastern Sporting poses. "It will be a match which will largely be contested in the midfield. The Team which will take their chance infront of goal will win. There is no room for complacency as goal scoring chances will be few,” Sasmita said.

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