Shillong: Rising Students Club of Orissa, who finished runners-up in the last edition, began their quest in the Hero Indian Women’s League with a 2-0 win over debutants Gokulam Kerala FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Monday.
After a barren first half, goals from Ngoubi Devi in the 73rd minute and Anju Tamang in the 76th enabled the Orissa based team to clinch all three points.
Rising Student controlled the pace and tempo of the match in the opening 10 minutes but slowly Gokulam clawed themselves back as their Ugandan international Fazila made regular forays into the box down the left flank.
It almost paid off too in the 16th minute as Fazila headed it in from a terrible mix up at the back but the lineswoman ruled her offside.
Meanwhile on the other side, Rising came close once when Anju found herself in the clear, but she hit it over to the disappointment of her coach. The decisive moment of the half arrived in the 42nd minute when Fazila lashed one towards the goal, only for it to come off the crossbar.
In the second half also Gokulam clearly looked the better of the two. But their poor finishing and indecisiveness in the final third didn’t help their cause.
The game turned scrappy thereafter as long balls were played in the hopes of finding their target woman.
Finally, the elusive goal arrived in the 73rd minute. Ngoubi launching into forward struck to make it 1-0 in favour of Rising Student. Soon after in the 76th minute Anju Tamang chipped it over the goalkeeper’s head to give a 2-0 lead.
In another match riding on Prameshwori’s twin strike, defending champions Eastern Sporting Union notched up a thrilling 3-2 win over Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports and Education.
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