Kangchup Road Young Physical & Sports Association (KRYPSHA) FC cruised to a 4-0 victory against Kickstart FC in the opening match of the 4th Indian Women’s League (IWL) on Friday, January 24 at the Bangalore Football Stadium.
Dangmei Grace scored a brace, with Anju Tamang and Ratanbali Devi also opening their IWL accounts, en route to a thoroughly dominant victory. KRYPSHA had the upper-hand on paper, boasting the likes of Sweety Devi at the back, Ratanbala Devi spearheading proceedings in attack and skipper Dangmei Grace in the middle of the park.
The Manipuris started proving their mettle, right from kick-off. Dangmei Grace made no mistake when she was played through on goal, and with only the keeper to beat, hammered it onto the roof of the net to score the first goal of this season, in the 15th minute.
Their lead was doubled just four minutes later, this time by Anju Tamang. In what seemed like a carbon copy of the first goal, she maintained her composure and slotted it past a helpless a Rashmi Kumari in the Kickstart FC goal.
It was Grace again, who capitalised on a total lapse of concentration in the Kickstart FC backline to add the third in the 36th minute.
She had the chance to complete her hattrick in the 41st minute, but the keeper did well to come out of her line and tackle her. The challenge seemed fair but the collision between the two, however, rendered both women unable to continue.
Grace was replaced by Asharani Devi while substitute keeper Aiswarya A came on to replace their injured keeper.
In the second half, Kickstart FC did very little to weave any real threat and KRYPSHA FC piled more misery on them with a fourth.
In the 64th minute, a speculative clearance from just outside the KRYPSHA FC box had put Ratanbali Devi through on goal, and with acres of space and ample time, she rounded off the keeper to rubberstamp the victory in emphatic fashion.