The Sethu FC put on an another dominant display on Sunday against FC Kohlapur City in the Indian Women’s League match running out 9-0 winners to inch closer to seal their place in the semi-final.
Ratanbala Devi and Sabitra Bhandari scored three goals each while Dangmei Grace scored an early brace and Jabamani Tudu’s own goal saw running out 9-0 winners to inch closer to seal their place in the semi-final.
Just three minutes on the clock when goalkeeper Sowmiya to our defence let a shot from distance by Dangmei Grace squirm through the opponent’s defence to opening the scoring, saw us leading 1-0, very much setting the tone for an evening that she will probably want to forget pretty quickly.
Soon afterwards from a partially cleared cross, once again Grace with another goal, this time from the spot opened the floodgates on 20th minutes.
Three minutes later a Sumithra bamboozled past couple of defenders and made a reverse pass sent Ratanbala clear and she fired into the bottom right hand corner to make the score 3-0.
Diminutive winger got on the score sheet once again five minutes later, when a perfectly weighted through ball on the edge of the area from Sandhiya picked out her run and she was allowed time to control, look up and hit a fine finish across the keeper into the far corner.
A couple of brace from Grace and Ratanbala, an own goal gives us a five-goal lead at the end of the first half. Kohlapur may have been hoping that Sethu FC would rest on their laurels in the second half but the girls were in no mood to show their visitors any kind of mercy as they ran in four more goals in second-half.
Sabitra enjoyed a good game in the front playing it simple and effectively. But after the restart, her scoring madness ensued, as the Nepal International scored a 20 minutes hat-trick in the 2nd half (his second hat-trick in the league). Sabitra had her original effort saved before slotting home for the 7th time this season after a beautiful counter attack.
Here second came after she pounced on loose ball after a cross by Sandhiya. She completed her hatrick in the 76th minute as Ratanbala broke in to box that made the N0.7 one-on-one with the keeper as she rolled the ball into the empty net from 15 yards with everyone motionless.
With time running out, Grace pace was a massive threat to the Kohlapur’s back line. It didn’t take her long to notch another hat-trick for Ratanbala with a trademark break and finish to round off the astounding victory.
The girls ninth goal was also their 27th league goal of the season and they also registered their third clean sheet in four games, this victory the second biggest of the season extend the run of straight wins to four.
A fifth win on the bounce next Saturday will secure them a place in the semifinal of the Indian Women’s League when they entertain Baroda Football Academy on May 18th could well be a day not to miss down.