India put in another outstanding performance in the ongoing SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship 2022 by beating Nepal 5-1 in their third game of the tournament. India face Bangladesh in their last match on March 25, 2022.
A magnificent hat-trick from Lynda Kom in the 23rd, 38th and 61st minutes, and a goal each from Shilky Devi in the 16th minute and Anita Kumari in the 55th minute led the Young Tigresses to a rather comfortable victory in a display of dominance after Nepal fell one goal in the second half.
Keeping their winning momentum after their last victory against Bangladesh, the Indian girls put the pressure on the opponents from the first minute. In the 2nd minute itself, Lynda Kom tried to place a header but missed it by a hair’s breadth.
India’s first breakthrough came in the 16th minute when captain Shilky Devi delivered a perfect one-inch header from Nitu Linda’s pass.
Minutes later, Lynda Kom, in the 23rd minute, doubled the lead with a dazzling header.
After having a two goal lead, India’s combined play threatened the Nepalese defence.
In the 25th minute, Nitu Linda tried to shoot from the top left corner but eventually missed.
Another brilliant goal was scored by Lynda Kom in the 38th minute when she made a first volley to insert the ball into a cross from the right from Shilky.
A few minutes after the start of added time in the first half, coach Dennerby made the first substitution where Sunita Munda was replaced by Amisha Baxla. The score at halftime was 3-0 in favor of India.
The second half started on a similar note to the first with India dominating the proceedings.
Another substitution was made in the 46th minute when Babina Devi was brought in for Nitu Linda.
Nepal were looking to fight back but struggled to create chances and hold the ball in dangerous areas as the Indian team stood firm and forced them into long-range efforts, which were easily managed by the keeper Indian Melody.
India made it four for the night in the 55th minute thanks to Anita’s powerful long-range shot from over 25 yards.
A change came in the 55th minute when India goalkeeper Melody Chanu was replaced by Adrija Sarkhel.
The hosts extended their lead with the fifth goal thanks to Lynda Kom’s 61st-minute hat-trick from a low Sunita cross from the right.
Two more substitutions were made in the 70th minute in which Martina Thokchom and Rejiya Laishram replaced Anita Kumari and Shubhangi Singh.
In the 79th minute, Nepal brought home a goal through Sadipa Bholan, who held on to a loose ball and slotted it home.
The Indian girls scripted a dominating performance and at the end of time the full time score was 5-1 in favor of India.
India increase their lead in pole position on the table with 9 points from 3 matches.
India: Melody Keisham (GK) (Adrija Sarkhel 55′), Naketa, Shilky Devi, Amisha Baxla (Sunita Munda 45+2′), Poonam, Lynda Kom, Anita Kumari (Rejiya 70′), Shubhangi Singh (Martina 70′), Nitu Linda (Babina Devi 46′), Varshika, Nisha
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