Indian Women’s National Team cruised through to the Semi-Finals of the 3rd SAFF Women’s Championships , scoring 25 goals in the process letting in just 1 goal .They face Sri-Lanka on 19th November (Wednesday ).Sri-Lanka emerged form group-B , behind leaders Nepal.India are joined by Bangladesh from Group-A. Bangladesh, go to the Semi-Finals with 6 points from their group games.
The Indian National team took on Maldives in their first match and they thrashed Maldives 8-0 ,with Ngangom Bala Devi scoring 4 times (24′, 46′, 72′, 74′) . Also on the score sheet were Yumnam Kamala Devi(64′, 85′) ,Oinam Bembem Devi (76′) and Jyoti Ann Burrett (90).
In their second group stage encounter the Indian National Team took on their neighbours Bangladesh.India Senior Women’s National Team swept aside their neighbors , Bangladesh 5-1 in a Group A tie of the 3rd SAFF Women’s Championship in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday (November 15, 2014).Striker Bala Devi was on target twice with Upamati Devi, Mandakini Devi, and Indumathi also getting on the scoresheet. Just when it looked like the girls in green had done enough to thwart India in the first 45 minutes, left back Upamati broke the deadlock in first-half added time when she raced some 30 yards before playing one-two with Bembem Devi and finding the back of the net with ease from close range.Any signs of a Bangladesh comeback were buried after the restart as the twice SAFF champions turned on the heat netting four times before the final whistle.
Halftime substitute Mandakini Devi came off the bench to score after four minutes, tucking in from a Prameshwori Devi low cross from the left flank. Bala was then brought down inside the area and she converted from the spot with aplomb to make it 3-0 in the 57th minute.Right winger Indumathi piled more misery on Bangladesh in the 76th minute, skipping past the last defender and sending her shot diagonally into the far corner for India’s fourth. With the match three minutes from full time, Bala put the finishing touches on the marauding victory by netting in clinical fashion following a swift shimmy into the area. In between her strike, Bangladesh got late a consolation in the 85th minute .
India thrashed Afghanistan by 12-0 and sealed semi-final place in 3rd SAFF Women Championships.Striker Bala Devi extended her purple patch scoring another five goals for her country, (4’, 12’, 33’, 38’ 83’) while attackers Prameshwori (28’, 47’, 68’)and Indumathi Devi (3’, 6’, 51’) notched up hattricks either side of halftime. Mandakini Devi joined the party late with a strike in the 88th minute to complete the rout.
Bala Devi has now scored 11 goals in three matches, and is the top scorer of the tournament. India have found the back of the net 25 times letting in just once in the match against Bangladesh. Needless to say, India are in the semifinals without a glimmer of a hitch and will be joined by Bangladesh in the semi-finals.
The Indian Team will take on Sri Lanka in the Semi-Finals of the SAFF Women’s Championships on Wednesday (November 19). India will have to be aware of the threat the Sri-lankan players pose, for their Quest to glory.Erandi Kumudumala , Praveena Perea and Ishara Madushani have been in fine form in the 3rd SAFF Women’s Championship and will be hoping to dent India’s Hopes of Winning the 2014 SAFF Women’s Championships .