Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai: In today’s WIFA Women’s Football League fixture, team Spark FC fielded 8 players against Pacangan FC. It was informed that Spark FC had an internal issue due to which the 18-player squad was unavailable.
However, Spark FC’s determination earned them a point as they clinched a draw after being a goal down. The first half saw Pacangan scoring their first goal through Snehal Ghadge strike at the 21st minute. The team maintained the lead and headed to the tunnel with a solitary goal lead at the half time.
The second half kicked off and Pacangan bounced back with an outstanding effort. As soon as the second half commenced, Rhea Deborah Rodrigues found the net within three minutes. “What happened on the field was just outstanding. We fielded 8 players as the others were unavailable due to their prior commitments. Some of them have gone to the India camp, and others have their exams.” said Manuel D’Souza, the Owner of Spark FC. The girls played out for the 90 minutes without having any substitutions.
Technically, Spark FC’s 8 players played against 14 players from the opposition as they utilized all their available substitutions. “I can’t ask more from the girls. Their determination, grit and willingness show how much effort they have put in today. Even if they would have lost the match, I had nothing to complain” quipped Manuel.
These teams consist of players who are playing their first-ever 11-a-side competitive game, and the determination showed by the athletes just portrays the willingness and the dedication of the entire lot.
We have three matches on 8th as Pacangan FC play Samuel FA, Commandos FC face South United FC and PIFA Colaba clash against Spark FC.
Spark FC (Rhea Rodrigues 48′) 1-1 Pacangan Football Club (Snehal Ghadge 21′)