Manipur, Odisha enter Hero Sr. Women’s NFC semis after big wins

Defending champions Manipur pumped in 15 goals against Jharkhand, while Odisha outclass Arunachal to advance to the semi-finals

Defending champions Manipur pumped in 15 goals against Jharkhand, while Odisha outclass Arunachal to advance to the semi-finals of the 25th edition of the Hero Senior Women’s NFC at the CHF Ground in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.

Manipur skipper Bala Devi rounded the Jharkhand goalkeeper and scored a routine goal in the 8th minute to open the scoring which, eventually, opened the floodgates.

After that, it was a Manipuri onslaught who stabbed nine goals in the first 45 minutes. Bala who led the team from the front completed a hat-trick in 26 minutes and added another three before the referee blew the whistle. Prameshwori joined the party in the 17th minute before Daya Devi completed her brace inside the first-half only.

After the breather, Manipuri girls didn’t seem to have pulled the plug and scored another three in six minutes to cross the double-digit mark. Bala Devi, finally, left the ground having scored ten to take her tally to 19 from four matches.

After Neel Lakra’s first-half goal, Sangita Kumari scored another for Jharkhand eight minutes to the end of regulation time but those were not enough to deter the inevitable.

Jharkhand (Neel Lakra 21′, Sangita Kumari 82′) 2 – 15 Manipur (Bala Devi 8′, 16′, 26′, 31′, 33′, 35′, 47′, 52′, 77′, 84′, Prameshwori 17′, Daya Devi 36′, 38′, 48′, 73′)


Last year’s finalists Odisha ended hosts Arunachal Pradesh’s fairytale run in the second quarter-final of the day with a runaway 5-0 win at the same ground. Deepa Nayak outran her markers before rounding the goalkeeper to open the scoring in the 16th minute.

Although Arunachal Pradesh, backed by a 7000-strong crowd, tried to make a comeback, Odisha hurled two back-to-back goals within six minutes to earn a healthy 3-0 lead at the break.

After the changeover, the Odisha girls exploited the defensive lapses twice to register a comfortable 5-0 victory to secure a semi-final date with Railways.

Odisha (Deepa Nayak 16′, 74′, Runi Nayak 39′, Jasoda Munda 45+1′, Sumitra Xalxo 71′) 5 – 0 Arunachal Pradesh

The semi-final fixtures are as follows:

September 22, 2019

Railways v Odisha (09:30 AM IST)

Tamil Nadu v Manipur (02:00 PM IST)

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: Maharashtra gears up for Santosh Trophy
Also Read: FC Goa Dev Team win Police Cup in penalty shoot-out

Football Counter would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on your experience: Feedback on Football Counter experience

Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…


Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…