Defending champions Eastern Sporting Union started on a winning note as they beat Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education 3-2 in the opening fixture of the Hero Indian Womena��s League 2017-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in Shillong today (Monday, March 26)
ESU took the lead in the 25thA�minute through Kashmina before Paromita equalised in the 43rdA�for IGASE. Two goals from Prameshwori in the 47thA�and 59thA�minute was the difference maker with Sandhiya scoring the 2ndA�goal for IGASE in the 48th.
Eastern Sporting Union started out strongly as the strung together a wave of attacks. Prameshwori and Kashmina combined well to trouble the IGASE backline. Sweety came close with her free-kick in the 16thminute, which just brushed the crossbar on its way out before Prameshwori forced a save out of goalie Crystal in the 20th.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 25thA�when Kashmina hit the back of the net. A goal-line save by Anjali in the 31stA�kept the scoreline intact as IGASE struggled to contain the wave of attacks. A chance for an equaliser came in the 42nd baclofen without prescription, acquire lioresal. A�minute when IGASE were given a penalty but Sandhiya scuffled the shot for Panthoi to make an easy save. A minute later though Paromita made the most of a goalmouth melee to make 1-1 as the teams headed into half-time.
The second half began with a bang as Prameshwori struck with a wonderful strike in the 47thA�minute to make it 2-1. The celebrations though were short-lived as Sandhiya made up for her scuffed penalty to equalise in the 48th. The goal vitalised the team from down South as Sandhiya, Pradeepa and Radhika gave a lot of trouble to ESU back line. Umapati Devi and Manisa Panna being forced to make a lot of crucial interceptions to keep the strikers at bay.
Goalkeeper Panthoi was also kept on her toes with a couple of crucial saves off Sandhiya and Pradeepa. Then, almost against the run of play Prameshwori struck from a distance. Her long ranger bulging the back of the net in the 59thA�minute.
Thereafter the IGASE came close a couple of times but the ESU defenders stood tall at the back. Sulatana had a chance to put the match to bed in the 91stA�but her shot went wide as the game finished 3-2 in favour of the defending champions.
Eastern Sporting Union next play against Rising Studenta��s Club on March 28 while Indira Gandhi Academy SE take on India Rush SC on the same day.