Eastern Sporting Union crowned inaugural Indian Women’s League champions
Eastern Sporting Union were crowned champions of the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League on Tuesday after the Bembem Devi coached side defeated Rising Student’s Club 3-0 to clinch the title.
Strikes from Kamala Devi (32’, 66’) and Prameshwori Devi (57’) led Eastern Sporting Union to an easy win over their opponents, in a final, which was largely dominated – both in possession and chances created – by ESU.
Eastern Union found the back of the net in the 32nd minute to take the lead when Kamala Devi tapped home her 10th goal of the Indian Women’s League campaign from a Prameshowri Devi cross from the right flank to give ESU a solitary goal advantage.
With Kamala Devi and Prameshwori Devi pressing higher up the pitch to make things difficult for the Rising Student’s defence, Rising Student failed to foster any clear goal scoring opportunities in the first half as the half-time scoreline read 1-0.
Eastern Sporting Union picked up where they left off and two minutes into the second half, Kamala Devi’s cross found Kashmina clear in the box, but the latter’s shot failed to find the net and went over the bar.
Little did ESU had to wait for their second goal and in the 57th minute, Prameshwori Devi played a one-two with Kashmina and scored from a narrow angle to make the scoreline read 2-0.
The second goal knocked the stuffing out of Rising Student’s Club and with low morale, they struggled to keep pace with Eastern Sporting Union. ESU however pressed to take an unassailable three-goal lead and put the tie to bed. And in the 66th minute Kamala Devi did just that.
The fleet-footed forward burst in the opposition box and blasted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Eastern Sporting Union could have added more gloss to the scoreline as chances came in plenty. However, with the result already secured it mattered little as the full-time scoreline read 3-0.