The 6th edition of the Hero IWL is finally into the semifinals’ heat as only 4 clubs remain out of 16 clubs who fought hard in the group stages with only one aim: to be crowned as the league champions.
Here we look at the first semifinal matchup of the season between Kickstart FC and Sethu FC and the fantastic way of their dominant style of gameplay which they displayed to us in the group stage and the quarter-final matches.
Kickstart FC and Sethu FC: Dominating every match in the IWL
Whenever Kickstart FC or Sethu FC plays a match, it has been raining goals. KFC has bagged an amazing number of 30 goals in only 7 matches while SFC are also keeping up with KFC by scoring 25 goals from 7 matches. Both sides have also won 5 games out of 7 and when they both collided in the group stage, It ended in a goalless draw.
Having top forwards to score and stack goals are not enough for a team without a confident pair of gloves in the net. 2 players who played an important role in these results are none other than the goalkeepers of both clubs, Anjila Tumbapo of Sethu FC and Maibam Linthoingambi Devi who has only conceded an unbelievable number of only 2 goals throughout this whole campaign.
2 young guns upfront for Sethu FC
Two fierce weapons lead the line for SFC in Kajol D’Souza who scored 10 goals in 7 matches and Apurna Narzary who scored 7 goals in 7 matches. Kajol has been proving her worth from the very first match for the club this season by scoring 4 goals out of the 6 scored against Churchill Brothers FC and continued her top-notch performance throughout 2 more games continuously by scoring 2 all-important braces for the club.
Out of the 7 goals that Apurna has scored, 6 of them were in a single match which was against East Bengal FC.
KFC kicked off their season with a 1-0 loss against Eastern Sporting Union FC. Then a 2-0 win against Odisha FC kickstarted the confidence boost in the team and then later continued their quality performance in the next match too when they dominantly won against Churchill Brothers FC on a huge 10-0 margin. Then faced Lords’s FA Kochi and won with a score of 4-1. Then faced Celtic Queens FC in the next one and comfortably won 5-0 over CQFC and also scored 9 past Central Reserve Police Force FC to end the group stage followed by a 2-1 victory over HOPS FC in the quarter-final.
And now here they are, in the semifinal of IWL hoping to achieve something big.
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