Unbeaten streak on the line. Time to make it 4. After scoring 18 goals in their last three matches, Sethu FC will be looking to keep the goals flowing against FC Kolhapur on Sunday evening.
Free-scoring Sethu FC on high
It’s been a red-hot stretch for Sethu FC, who have surged up the Group II standings over the past one week, and they’ll be looking to keep that momentum going as they face FC Kolhapur City at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, Punjab.
Nine-goal hauls against SAI-STC Cuttack have boosted the entertainment factor this term, while their Sunday’s opponent Kohlapur have so far won one and drawn one, will be vying to get a three points to fight for a place in the semi-final of the Indian Women’s League.
Anita Basnet and Ratanbala Devi continue to gel into one of the premier attacking midfields in all of IWL, while Dangmei Grace growing into one of the best chance-creators in IWL from the wingback position. And the attack is only getting better, with Nepal International Sabitra Bhandari showing incredible goal-scoring promise. With her six goals, the No.9 leads the team in goals.
While the offense will always grab the headlines, the defense is once again turning into a force at the back, with goalkeeper Sowmiya now with two clean sheets. Since the season’s opening 4-6 victory, the girls from Tamil Nadu have not conceded a single goal, with two shutouts in that frame.
Indhumathi’s towering midfield presence both floating through opponent’s back line and shielding Amrutha Aravind’s four-woman back line has proven to be a nut too tough to crack. The 22-year-old’s nifty ball control and pinpoint passing were a handful for defenders last weekend.
The offensive dynamism and defensive strength are combining perfectly, with Sethu now inching closer to the Indian Women’s League semifinal.
‘Wins help you to win more’
Ahead of the Sunday clash, the team’s Head Coach said she was ‘delighted’ with their goal tally, and admitted ‘We have scored really well… we have been scoring goals and creating good chances.’ Amrutha also said her players must ‘work for that to continue, and we have to safeguard it with good performances.’
She wants her side to concentrate on the task at hand and knows claiming that victory will not come easy to the Tamil Nadu based women club.
She added: “Wins help you to win more, but I am not concerned about our previous victories. The group is tough. If we are able to win against Kolhapur we are going to take a big step forward, but this is not easy.”
The girl have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match with all the players available. Ratanbala Devi and Sabitra remain threats in the Sethu’s line-up and both have been among the goals since Matchday two. Youngster Sandhiya is another to watch. She has been one of the more impressive performers in recent weeks.
Anita and Indhumathi have helped themselves to two goals apiece and will bolster an already potent frontline for the girls from Tamil Nadu.
The good news though is that centre forward Sabitra Bhandari featured in the second-half of the last match against SAI-STC Cuttack so it is likely she will be fit for this game.
The combination of their local and new faces is proving effective thus far. With two group games to go, they sit three-point shy for a place in the semi-final. With a victory – the girls could enter the weekend as high as continue topping the table and 5 days break before their next fixture against Baroda Football Academy on May, 18.
Sunday’s match should be an exciting one as two teams with flowing offenses go toe-to-toe at the Guru Nanak Stadium.
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