IWL – Kickstart and Eastern Sporting Union find their way to the Semis


The injury time winner of Kioko Elizabeth sent Kickstart Karnataka to their maiden Indian Women’s League semifinals.

Kickstart had the better opening ten minutes but the first distinguished chance fell to HOPS’ Rajni Bala. Which was the result of Pakpi Devi’s poor attempt at clearing the cross from the left flank. Goalkeeper Maibam Devi somehow got her body on it and gathered the rebound to ensure safety.

In the 17th minute, Sharda’s headed clearance off Soniya Parak’s cross only fell as far as Kaviya Pakkirisamy whose reply went in off the near post. Kickstart maintained the 1-0 lead till the half time whistle.

Maibam struggled with two high crosses in succession which led to two quick chances for the Kickstarts. Minutes later, a lobbed ball behind the defence was caught well by Renu Ravi who took only two touch and a half to equalize for HOPS.

IWL Quarterfinal
From IWL’s Quarterfinal action [AIFF]

Elizabeth squandered a golden oppurtunity to make it 2-1 in Kickstart’s favour in the 86th minute. She made up for it with a cheeky header nicked into the goal which was too smart for Anshika.

The injury time-goal proved enough for Kickstart to make their own history. Captain Dalima Chhibber was adjudged man of the match.

Eastern Sporting Union a step closer to repeating past glory

Out there in Shahibaug, Eastern Sporting Union defeated Sports Odisha 4-2 in the penalty shootout that followed the 1-1 draw. It didn’t follow the extra time rule because it could have been hazardous to play that long in the heat.

IWL Quarterfinal
From IWL’s Quarterfinal action [AIFF]

The highlight of the shootout was probably that eight of the nine shots taken were on the goalkeeper’s right. Captain Parmeshwori Devi sealed the shootout for Union.

Sumitra Hembram hustled her way to take a clean shot but she hit it straight to the goalkeeper. ESU had a shot at the half time lead but a brilliant defensive combination play kept the danger out for Sports Odisha.

Just when it looked that ESU have completely lost the control of the game, they scored from a deep set-piece to take the lead. Poonam Devi’s long set-piece found Lhingdeikim who headed in well. It hit goalkeeper Ritu Devi’s before going in.

Ritu’s double save minutes after kept Odisha in the game. The equalizer came in the 80th minute through Manisha Nayak who placed it over the keeper for a brilliant finish.

With seconds of regulation time remaining, Parmeshwori’s right footed corner hit the crossbar to give Sports Odisha a major scare. However, it was taken care of.

Eastern Sporting Union will have to defeat the defending champions Gokulam Kerala in order to reclaim the IWL trophy. Gokulam, too, entered the semis after winning the shootout. Whereas Kickstart FC will face Sethu FC who will be on the back of a thumping 9-0 victory against East Bengal.

Follow our website for more!

Chetan Anand
Chetan Anand
Radars Football, Cricket and Motorsports

Latest news

AFC Champions League – Mumbai City FC suffer fifth straight defeat

Mumbai City FC's difficult run in the 2023–24 AFC Champions League campaign continues as they were firmly defeated by Nassaji Mazandaran at...

Odisha FC Dominates Mohun Bagan with a Commanding Victory in Thrilling AFC Cup Showdown

Mohun Bagan SG entered this match on the heels of a loss to Bashundhara Kings in their last game,...

ISL 10 – FC Goa go top amidst usual controversies

FC Goa edged past Jamshedpur FC by 1-0 at the Fatorda Stadium tonight to bag its fifth victory of...

Indian Football Team Faces Tough Defeat Against Powerhouse Qatar in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

India's coach, Igor Stimac, acknowledged Qatar's supremacy, deeming them "out of our league" ahead of the 2026 FIFA World...

Key Takeaways From I-League 2023/24 Matchweek 5

Matchday five of the 2023-24 I-League saw a great display of football from some of India's best teams. The...

2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Can high-flying team India stun Asian powerhouse Qatar in their backyard?

India's World Cup 2026 qualifiers campaign is set to take the next step when they face Qatar in a...

Must read

Gokulam Kerala FC impresses at AFC Women’s Club Championship 2023

The Gokulam Kerala FC Women's team defeated Bangkok FC...

NO SHORTCUTS: Indian Football must learn the Samurai Blues’ success formula.

Japan's rise is a testament to the fact that...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you