On a pleasant December afternoon, SSB locked horns with SC East Bengal in the final of the 2020 Kanyashree Cup at the Saltlake Stadium.
Both teams were equal on paper and play a similar brand of football, which should be mouth-watering clash for which all the football fans.
SSB playing a holding 4-4-2 formation started off the blocks first. SSB registered the first attempt on goal at the beginning of the match. SSB looked very strong from the beginning and they played their traditional high line. They held more possession and made sure the game is being played at the East Bengal defensive half. SSB played wide and kept creating chances.
SSB kept putting pressure on the East Bengal defence and it led to them giving away an early penalty in the 8th minute. Ranjita Devi came up to take it, but it was saved by goalkeeper Gurubari Mandi onto woodwork. After the deflection, Ranjita Devi got a brilliant chance to get the lead but a sloppy header kept SSB from taking the lead.
SSB quickly got hold of the ball again and moments later got their first goal in the 9th minute. Anibala Devi played brilliant one touch football with Sandhya and hit a venomous shot from 20 yards out to find the back of the net.
With this lead, SSB started attacking again as they were aware of East Bengal’s lethal counter attacks. SSB didn’t give East Bengal a chance to move forward to attack. SSB neutralized each and every East Bengal attack and their positioning made sure East Bengal had less shots taken. East Bengal for the rest of the match were able to take only seven shots out of which only two were on target.
During the rest of the match, SSB got close to the goal a number of times and it looked like they were in for a massive scoreline but East Bengal’s solid defending made sure the scoreline stayed only 1-0.
As the game was in the dying moments, Sumila Chanu got a brilliant ball on the left flank, she cut in and unleashed a thumping shot from just outside the box and found the back of the net on the top right corner in the first minute of added time. This made sure there was not chance for East Bengal to come back in this game.
The game ended 2-0 in favour of SSB Women’s FC, who thereby lifted the 2020 Kanyashree Cup in style having playing the whole tournament like champions.