A merciless Maharashtra demolished Tripura with an emphatic 6-0 victory in their opening game of the Hero Junior Women’s National Football Championship, kicking off their campaign in some style
Riding on a brilliant hat-trick from striker Sumaiyya Shaikh and a goal each from Priti, Aarti and Ritika, Maharashtra sealed huge 6-0 win over Tripura in the opening game of Group F encounter of Hero Junior National Women’s Football Championship.
The game began with Maharashtra taking charge early on in the attack, in the 14th minute of the game, a ball from center of field was latched on by Sumaiyya Shaikh who beat the offside before striking it past the keeper to make it 1-0. Tripura tried to make a comeback but failed to breach a strong Maharashtra defense as both sides entered the break with the score line reading 1-0 to Maharashtra.
Soumya continued to be the thorn for Tripura defence with her relentless attacks and in the 56th minute she doubled her tally and teams lead with a sublime strike. In the 69th attempt, Substitute Soumya another strike on goal only to be denied by the keeper however the rebound fell for an unmarked Purva who slotted home third goal of the morning.
Two minutes later, Ritika Singh’s thunderous shot from just outside the box found the net as Maharashtra took 4-0 lead. Soon Sumaiyya managed to complete her hat-trick with the 75th minute strike as Maharashtra continued to be relentless with their attack.
As the game neared its end, in the first minute of injury time, Aarti Katkar, who came in as substitute for Pooja, started a play from the wings before dribbling past couple of players to enter the box where her final shot was clinical enough to beat the keeper as Maharashtra completed a 6-0 rout of their opponents.
Tripura 0 – 6 Maharashtra (Sumaiyya Shaikh 14’, 56’, 75’, Purva Gaikwad 69’, Ritika Singh 71’, Aarti Katkar 90+1’)
Budha Laxmi Debbarma (Gk), Kabita Debbarma (Alisha Debbarma 62’), Resmi Kalai, Sibti Debbarma, Teresa Darlong, Mausami Urang, Basanti Reang (C), Marina Jamatia, Jibika Debbarma, Suwari Debbarma (Lallungawii Darlong 76’), Sneha Debnath (Rezina Darlong 44’)
Swari Debbarma, Kalpana Nayek, Sarmila Munda, Laxmi Debnath, Siyari Tripura, Ali Halam (Gk)
Vaishnavi Sonune (C) (Gk), Sanjana Gupta, Pooja Gupta (Arati Sanjay Katkar 70’), Sumaiyya Shaikh (Priya Rathod 78’), Sharvari Donkar, Ritika Singh, Divya Pawara (Soumya Kagale 64’), Aditi Gadekar, Purva Gaikwad (Nida Satarmaker 78’), Nikita Jude, Sakshi Repe
Mahak Shaikh, Rajnandini Bhoite, Hritika Bandsode (Gk), Prerna Meshram