IWL – Gokulam Kerala and Eastern Sporting Union Face-Off In Clash Of Former Champions

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The stage is set for a scintillating encounter as Eastern Sporting Union prepares to take on Gokulam Kerala FC in the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Women’s League. Both teams have displayed exceptional performance throughout the tournament, and their clash promises to be a spectacle worth witnessing. The match will be held at the TranStadia arena in Ahmedabad.

Eastern Sporting Union showcased their resilience and attacking prowess in their hard-fought victory over Sports Odisha. Lhingdeikim was the standout performer as she netted a crucial goal in regulation time, propelling Eastern Sporting Union to a 4-2 penalty shootout victory.

Lhingdeikim’s ability to find the back of the net with precision and composure will be a key asset for Eastern Sporting Union as they aim to secure a place in the finals. The team boasts an impressive defensive line led by the experienced M. Kamala Devi, who will be responsible for stifling Gokulam Kerala FC’s attacking threats.

On the other hand, Gokulam Kerala FC, the reigning champions, had to overcome a formidable challenge in the quarter-finals against Odisha FC. In a match that went into penalties, Gokulam Kerala FC’s goalkeeper, Beatrice Nketia, emerged as the hero.

With nerves of steel, Nketia pulled off three stunning saves in the shootout, ensuring her team’s victory and securing their place in the semi-finals. Her remarkable performance showcased her shot-stopping abilities and her ability to thrive under pressure. Nketia’s presence between the posts will undoubtedly pose a significant challenge for Eastern Sporting Union’s attacking lineup.

Gokulam Kerala FC, led by their experienced coach Priya PV, will be looking to enter the match with determination and confidence. They have already etched their names in the history books, having won the league title twice, in the 2019-20 season and the 2021-22 season. Now, with their eyes set on a third championship, Gokulam Kerala FC will draw inspiration from their previous successes.

The team boasts a potent attacking force led by their prolific striker, Sabitra Bhandari. Known for her speed, agility, and clinical finishing, Bhandari poses a significant threat to any defence. Gokulam Kerala FC’s midfield, spearheaded by the creative playmaking abilities of Dalima Chhibber, will aim to orchestrate swift and incisive attacks.

The Transtadia arena in Ahmedabad is all set as these two formidable sides battle it out for a place in the finals. Eastern Sporting Union will look to their attacking duo of Lhingdeikim and B. Ashalata Devi to penetrate Gokulam Kerala FC’s defense.

Ashalata Devi, an experienced and versatile player, has the ability to create scoring opportunities from various positions on the field. The team’s midfield, led by Grace Lalrampari, will play a crucial role in maintaining possession and controlling the tempo of the game.

The match is set to kick off at 8:30 PM on 19th May. Both teams are well aware of the stakes involved, with a place in the finals hanging in the balance.


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Ayan Abdulla
Ayan Abdulla
An ardent Kerala Blasters supporter and an Indian Football enthusiast!💛💙

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