India booked its spot in the final of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship at the Chalimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Friday as it thrashed host Bhutan 10-1.
Sai Sankhae scored a hat-trick in the second half, while Lynda Kom Serto, Sumati Kumari and Kiran scored a brace each. Priyanka Sujeesh scored one to make it 10 for the Indian girls.
India started off on the front foot as Amisha found some space on the right flank to advance into the box. She squared the ball to Priyanka Sujeesh, who planted it in the far bottom corner.
Bhutan equalised almost immediately via a goalmouth scrap through Sangay Wangmo, but Kiran restored the lead on the quarter-hour mark as she knuckled a swerving shot into the top corner.
Lynda finished off a fine move before Kiran and Sumati added two more as the Indian team headed into the break with a 5-1 lead.
In the second half, India came out with the same intensity as Lynda scored her second goal of the game to make it six. After that, it was the Sai Sankhae show as the substitute netted three goals in nine minutes, to take India’s tally to nine before Sumati added the 10th with around five minutes to go.
With this win, Alex Ambrose's Indian side sealed its spot in the final as it now has six points. India will face Bangladesh in the final, which beat Nepal 2-1 earlier on Friday.
In its next encounter, India is set to play against Bangladesh in the penultimate group-stage match on Sunday at 2.30 pm IST. The match will be streamed live on MyCujoo TV.