Two early goals from Tigresses helped the Priya PV-coached side registered a 2-1 win over Cheetahs in the second game of the FSDL-organised Hero U-17 Women’s Tournament in Kalyani on Monday, November 11. Amisha Baxla (3′) scored and set up Karen Estrocio (6′) before Reet Kashyap (67′) got the Cheetahs a consolation goal.
Cheetahs’ head coach and Indian football legend Oinam Bembem Devi saw her charges drop on the back-foot after a defence-splitting pass from the Tigresses midfield which witnessed the Jharkhand-born Baxla flash in from the right wing to finish with perfection.
Estrocio was then assisted by Baxla as the girls in blue romped up a two-goal cushion within six minutes. Aveka Singh dictated proceedings from midfield as Tigresses held on to the ball comfortably.
Inspiration was not far away for the Cheetahs with Bembem Devi’s guidance from the touchline. A better show in the second half was rewarded with a glorious long range-goal from Reet Kashyap after defensive naivety from the Tigresses.
Tigresses, who joined Lionesses on top of the table, will now face Panthers on Wednesday, while Lionesses will lock horns with Cheetahs on the same day.
Aimed at scouting the best talents to form the India U-17 Women’s team ahead of India’s participation and hosting of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the championship sets pace to country’s preparation for the mega event.