Kickstart FC massacre Churchill Brothers in Hero IWL

AHMEDABAD: Kickstart FC outclassed and outplayed Churchill Brothers FC 10-0 in a Group B clash of the Hero Indian Women’s League, at the TransStadia, in Ahmedabad, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

Kickstart forward Kaviya Pakkirisamy was adjudged the Hero of the Match for netting four goals in the second half, in an afternoon that capped off a supreme performance by the side from Karnataka. Kioko Elizabeth and Saru Limbu netted a brace each, while Bibicha Laishram and substitute Sonia Marak scored one each.

Kickstart FC opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Kenyan forward, Kioko Elizabeth Katungwa scored from an easy tap in to make it 1-0 to the team from Karnataka.

Saru Limbu, the Nepalese midfielder, collected a loose ball on the left flank and dribbled past two Churchill Brothers FC defenders to surge into the penalty box and finally released the ball for Kioko Elizabeth. 

The 25-years-old Kenyan forward, Elizabeth added her second of the match when she doubled the lead for Kickstart FC in the 23rd minute.

Young forward, Devneta Roy received a long ball from the defence, beat Churchill Brothers skipper Laura Estibeiro and whipped in a good cross for Elizabeth. The Kenyan forward made the most of it when she chipped the ball at the top corner, giving Churchill custodian Yendrembam Yaiphabi Devi, no chance to save. 

Saru Limbu made it 3-0 from a free kick outside the penalty box in the 35th minute to put the match out of Churchill Brothers FC’s hands. 

Churchill defender, Alisha Tavares tackled Devneta Roy from behind and the referee awarded a free kick to the team from Karnataka. Saru Limbu stepped up and scored directly from the free kick. 

Substitute Sonia Marak, came off the bench to have an immediate impact in the match moments before half time as she made 4-0 to Kickstart FC. 

Elizabeth made a solo run down the left flank and cut inside to release a well-timed pass for Astam Oraon. Astam’s attempted shot was blocked by Laura Estibeiro and it fell for Sonia, who curled in a brilliant left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty box to extend the lead before half time. 

Kickstart FC resumed the second half with the same intent of scoring more goals.

Saru Limbu posed a constant threat for Churchill Brothers defence. She turned provider in 68th minute when she found winger Kaviya Pakkirisamy at the far post, from a set piece. Kaviya headed the ball into the back of an empty net to make it 5-0 to Churchill Brothers FC. 

Saru Limbu’s menacing performance continued as she turned assist provider for the third time in the match. After receiving a ball from Dalima Chhibber, she outsmarted two Churchill Brothers defenders with a quick turn before releasing a defence-splitting pass for Laishram Bibicha Devi. Bibicha scored past Churchill custodian to make it 6-0 with 20 minutes still to go. 

Kaviya Pakkirisamy scored her second goal and Kickstart’s seventh of the match in the 78th minute. 

Kickstart midfielders stretched Churchill’s defence wide with some beautiful free-flowing football, before substitute Renuka Nagarkote hit the post. The rebound fell for Kaviya who shot past Yendrembam to make it 7-0 to Kickstart.

Kaviya completed her hattrick moments later when she scored from an easy tap-in past Yendrembam. Anita Kumari’s cross was not saved by the Churchill custodian, as Kaviya made it 8-0 for Kickstart. 

The team from Karnataka made it 9-0, when Saru Limbu scored from a close range. Saru added her second of the match from a cross by Sonia Marak from the right wing, as Churchill defence failed to organise in time. 

Kickstart finally reached double digits when Kaviya scores her fourth goal of the match moments before the full time whistle. 

Kaviya’s swift turn outsmarted Radhika Patel at the edge of the penalty box before the Kickstart winger curled in a right footed shot, hitting the top corner.

Big win for CRPF girls

Central Reserve Police Force Football Club defeated Lords F A Kochi by 5-2 in a Group B Clash at the Shahibaug Police Stadium.

CRPF scored all their five goals in the opening 45 minutes of the match. The win took their tally of points in Group B with six from three matches. Lords F A Kochi have three points from as many matches.

Neha Mann opened the scoring for CRPF in the fourth minute and she also scored the fifth goal. Nisha, Syed Buckshira and Tensubam Neelam Devi were the other scorers. Lords FA skipper from the Philippines, Kathleen Camille Rodriquez struck twice in quick succession in the second half to reduce the margin. Neha Mann was adjudged the Player of the Match.

Sethu too good for Celtic Queens

Sethu FC’s brilliant run in the Hero IWL continued as they routed Celtic Queens FC by 7-1 in a Group B clash at the Shahibaug Police Stadium.

While prolific scorer  Kajol D’Souza and Sunita Munda scored two goals each, Apurna Narzary, Misha Bhandari and Priyadharshini S were the other scorers for Sethu, who now have nine points from three matches. Kajol so far has scored eight goals in the tournament. Kayenpaibam Anju Chanu pulled one back for Celtic Queens FC in the 84th minute.

Sethu FC’s Kenyan forward, Ivy Faith Atieno, was adjudged the player of the match.

Easy win for Odisha FC

Odisha FC returned to winning ways in the Hero Indian Women’s League when they surged past former champions Eastern Sporting Union 4-0 at the TransStadia. 

This win took Odisha FC to the second position in Group B behind Sethu Madurai. In the first half, Odisha FC scored through India Internationals Anju Tamang and Ngangom Bala Devi, in the 17th and 25th minute, respectively.  

Jasoda Munda S Lynda Kom added two more in the second session to complete the rout. Odisha FC and Eastern Sporting Union both have six points from three matches, but the former stand ahead in the table on head-to-head record.

Odisha FC midfielder Jasoda Munda was adjudged Player of the Match.

Also ReadPenalty shootout victory seals AFC Cup Preliminary Round spot for ATK Mohun Bagan

Also ReadIndia U17 fight back to hold Real Madrid U17 to a 3-3 draw

SSE BFC to conduct trials for U9 to U17 age group players

SSE BFC Soccer School will be conducting fresh trials this month for players aged below 17 to be part of their football program SSE BFC Soccer Schools is a football…


India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


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…