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INDIAN WOMEN WIN GOLD IN SOUTH ASIAN GAMES FOOTBALL

Final : 15.02.2016: Nepal ---- 0-4 --- India
IND : Kamala Devi-2, Bala Devi, shalata Devi.
IND : Aditi Chauhan (GK); Umapati Devi, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Supriya Routray; Premi Devi (82’ – Sangita Basfore), Bembem Devi (C), Sasmita Malik (87’ – Pyari Xaxa), Kamala Devi, Bala Devi, Prameshwori Devi (69’ – Sanju)

Aiff Press Release : The Indian Women's Senior National Team bagged Gold in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games as the ‘Women in Blue’ steamed past Nepal 4-0 in a one sided Final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on February 15, 2016.A brace from Kamala Devi and strikes from Bala Devi and Ashalata Devi led the Indian Women to an easy win over their opponents, as the ‘Women in Blue’ continue to stamp their dominance in Football in South Asia.

The opening minutes of the match witnessed end-to-end stuff as both Teams tried to take an early lead, but to no avail. However, the Indian Women came close as early as the 2nd minute when Bembem Devi’s accurate through ball released Sasmita Malik onto goal. A last ditch clearance spoilt the party for the Indian Women as the attacking opportunity went astray.

Four minute later, the action turned towards the Indian goal and Indian goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made a fine save to deny Nepal. In the 11th minute, Bembem Devi’s shot from outside of the box flew whiskers over the bar as the Indian Women searched for an early goal. A moment of pure genius, nine minutes later, came close to opening the goal scoring tally for India when Kamala Devi feinted past her marker on the edge of the 18 yard box and unleashed a curling shot, which landed inches wide of the right post.

With the Shillong crowd cheering the Indian Women through with literally every touch of the ball, the ‘Women in Blue’ enjoyed a healthy spell of possession. And in the 32nd minute, the Indian Women took the lead as Kamala Devi, who was found clear of the defensive mix on the second post, tapped home a Prameshwori cross from the right flank.

Two minutes later, Kamala had the chance to double India’s lead but the Nepali custodian cleared her lines, acrobatically. In the 42nd minute Bembem Devi’s rasping shot following a Sasmita Malik corner earned a top draw save from the Nepali custodian. India went into the tunnel leading, as the half-time scoreline reflected 1-0 in favour of the Indian Women.

Changing over, the Indian defence, which was called into play as Nepal enjoyed possession, disrupted Nepali raids on the Indian citadel with sheer acumen. In the 56th minute however, the tide turned in favour of the Indian Women as Kamala Devi volleyed her chance home, following an uncanny clearance from the Nepali defence line from an Indian corner, to make it 2-0 for India.

Nine minutes later, Kamala Devi wriggled her way past the Nepali defence and unleashed a rocket-of-a-shot, which went inches over the bar. In the 71st minute, Bala Devi tapped home a Sasmita Malik cross from the left flank as the ‘Women in Blue’ took an unassailable three goal lead.

The Indian Women initiated wave after wave of attacks in an attempt to extend their lead. In the 80thminute, the ‘Women in Blue’ put the fixture to rest as Ashalata Devi blasted home from distance to give India a 4-0 lead. The Indian defence held tight and quelled any embers of a Nepali comeback and at the end of time the score-line read 4-0.

It was also a perfect farewell for Bembem Devi, the virtual face of Women’s Football in India for the last two decades, as the legendary figure ended her career on a high, captaining the Indian eves to defend their crown.

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13.02.2016: INDIAN WOMEN 5-1 BANGLADESH WOMEN
IND : Bala Devi 6', 12', 75', Kamala Devi 37', Sanju 71'

IND : Aditi Chauhan, Umapati Devi, Ashalata Devi (53’ – Radharani Devi), Manisa Panna, Supriya Routray; Premi Devi, Bembem Devi (C) (75’ – Margaret Devi), Sasmita Malik, Prameshwori Devi (54’ – Sanju), Bala Devi, Kamala Devi.

The Indian Women’s Senior National Team secured a place in the Finals of the 12th South Asian Games Women’s Football Championship as the ‘Women in Blue’ steamrolled Bangladesh 5-1 in a must win clash on February 13, 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Braces from Kamala and Bala Devi and a goal from Sanju led the Indian Women to a dominating win over their opponents, who were pinned in their own defending half for much of the match. India will clash swords against Nepal in the Finals of the Competition of February 15, 2016. Talking exclusively to www.the-aiff.com, Head Coach of the Indian Women Sajid Dar said, “We should not get carried away, there is still a Final to be played and we have to remain focused on that". "We took our chances against Sri Lanka and today against Bangladesh and the result is there for all to see. However there is still room for improvement”, Dar added.

Coming on the back of a goalless stalemate against Nepal, the Indian Women piled pressure on the Bangladeshi citadel in an attempt to take an early lead in the match. As early as the 2nd minute itself, the Indian Women advanced onto goal as Premi Devi released Kamala Devi onto goal. A last ditch tackle by the Bangladeshi defence line however, thwarted the Indian attack.

In the 4th minute, Sasmita Malik came close to giving India a solitary goal lead as her cheeky chip on goal flew inches over the bar. Waves of attacks from the opening minutes itself were bound to garner dividends, and in the 6th minute the Indian Women took a solitary goal lead when Kamala Devi blasted her opportunity home.

With the Indian Women showcasing fluid attacking Football, the Indian defence mopped up rare Bangladeshi counter attacks. In the 10th minute, Manisa Panna gazed a Bangladeshi through ball to perfection and cleared it away. It wouldn’t be long for the Indian Women to pile more misery on their opponents as in the 13th minute, Bala Devi volleyed the ball home, following an uncanny Bangladeshi clearance to make it 2-0 in favour of India.

Eight minutes later, Bala Devi’s rasping header earned a top-draw save from the Bangladeshi custodian as the Indian Women, hungry for more goals, pinned Bangladesh in their own defending half.A clever little flick by Bala Devi in the 37th minute released Kamala Devi onto goal. Kamala Devi showed sheer composure and skill as she comfortably slotted it past an onrushing Bangladeshi custodian to triple India’s lead.

Even in the dying embers of the first half, the ‘Women in Blue’ tried to score their fourth of the match, as opportunities came in plenty, however to no avail, as the half-time scoreline read 3-0 in favour of the Indian contingent. The second half was no different in terms of the Indian domination and Bala Devi’s rocket-of-a-shot in the 46th minute was parried away by the Bangladeshi custodian.

The Indian midfield, meanwhile, turned on the style as they jotted down exquisite one touch passes to carve open the Bangladesh defence line. Sasmita Malik, who proved to be a thorn for an innate Bangladeshi defence throughout the course of the match, cut-in from the right flank in the 53rd minute and released a curling shot which flew whiskers wide of the post.

In the 65th minute however, Bangladesh scored against the run of play to make it 3-1, as Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan failed to keep out a feeble attempt. As the temperature dropped in the Stadium, the unanimous cheering from Indian fans rose, hollering the Women through with chants of “Come on India”. A sheer moment of brilliance by U19 Player Sanju in the 74th minute made it 4-1 for the Indian Women as Sanju latched onto a Bembem Devi through ball and outran her marking defender, before finally slotting the ball home with acute composure.

Shortly after, Bala Devi out manoeuvred the Bangladeshi defence and blasted her opportunity into the top corner to make the scoreline read 5-1 in favour of India. In the 80th minute, Bala Devi had an opportunity to complete her hattrick, but the lanky forward failed to put her laces into the shot as Bangladesh survived another Indian attack.

Nine minutes later, Sasmita Malik's thunderous freekick from the edge of the 18 yard box rattled the cross bar. With the result sealed, the ‘Women in Blue’ kept possession and at the end of full-time the scoreline read 5-1.

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INDIAN WOMEN HELD TO A GOALLESS DRAW BY NEPAL

11.02.2016: INDIAN Women 0-0 NEPAL Women

INDIA : Aditi Chauhan (GK); Umapati Devi, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Supriya Routray; Bembem Devi (C), Premi Devi, Dangmei Grace (38’ – Bala Devi), Sasmita Malik, Kamala Devi (85’ – Pyari Xaxa), Prameshwori Devi (52’ – Sanju)

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian Senior Women’s National Team were held to a 0-0 draw by Nepal in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya on February 11, 2016. Echoes of the draw against Maldives resurfaced as the Indian Women, despite dominating the match, failed to convert their chances, as an inspired performance by Nepal held them to a goalless stalemate.

In what was a cagey first half wherein both Team jostled for possession, India were unable to convert their goal scoring opportunities that came in plenty. In the first minute itself, Grace burst onto a vacant left flank and positioned herself for the shot. Grace’s rasping shot however got thwarted by the Nepali defence line. Five minute later, Kamala Devi teed up an onrushing Grace in the 18 yard box, but the latter shot wide of the goal as another attacking opportunity went abegging.

With India committing bodies in attack for an early opening, Nepal played counter-attacking Football and in the 20th minute, Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made an easy save off a Nepali counter attack. In the 33rd minute, Kamala’s delicious cross found Grace clear of the defensive mix in the 18 yard box. In an attempt to shoot, Grace however lost her footing and slipped as Nepal survived another Indian attack.

Six minutes later, Bembem Devi found Kamala Devi with a delightful through ball clear onto goal. However Kamala could not do justice to her opportunity as her weak shot was saved easily by the Nepali custodian. The ‘Women in Blue’ tried to cut through the Nepali defence line in an attempt to garner dividends, however to no avail, as both Team went into the tunnel on level pegging as the score-line read 0-0.

Changing over and the Indian women almost took the lead in the 53rd minute when Bala Devi’s rocket-of-a-shot from outside of the box flew whiskers over the crossbar. Albeit the Indian Women pinned Nepal in their own half and had the lion’s share of possession, finishing touches off splendid Indian attacks, were still amiss. In the 55th minute, substitute Sanju released Bala Devi onto the right flank. In an attempt to cut inside from the flank, Bala ran into defensive traffic as the attack went abegging.

Shortly after, Kamala Devi was released onto goal following an accurate Bembem Devi through ball, however with the goal at her mercy, Kamala failed to test the Nepali custodian. To disrupt Indian attacks, Nepal flooded bodies in defence and in the 71st minute, Nepal almost took the lead when a moment of complacency from the Indian defence line, led to a Nepali shot which rattled the post.

In the 79th minute, Sasmita Malik’s shot flew inches wide of the goal after Premi Devi released her onto goal. Five minute later, Bala Devi got the best chance of the match as she was clear of the defensive mix in the 18 yard box following a Sasmita cross. However Bala Devi failed to head the ball home from hand-shaking distance as the attacking move went without dividends.

The Indian Women tried to breach the Nepali defence, but failed, as the full-time score-line read 0-0. The Indian Women clash swords against Bangladesh next on February 13, 2016 in their final encounter of the Group Stages of the South Asian Games.

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09.02.2016 : SRI LANKA ( 0-5 ) INDIA - FT
IND : Grace-2, Self, Kamala Devi, Sasmita Mollick,
IND : Aditi Chauhan (GK), Umapati Devi, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Supriya Routray; Premi Devi (86' – Sangita Basfore), Bembem Devi (C), Dangmei Grace, Sasmita Malik, Prameshwori Devi (59' – Sanju), Kamala Devi (76' – Bala Devi).

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : It rained goals in Shillong on February 09, 2016 as the Indian Women's Senior National Team hammered Sri Lanka 5-0 in a one sided encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games. A brace from Dangemi Grace and strikes from Sasmita Malik, Kamala Devi and a Sri Lankan own goal gave the Indian Women an easy win over Sri Lanka, leading them to garner 4 points out of 2 matches.

"We took our chances today and the result is there for all to see. However, we should not get carried away with the result", Head Coach of the Indian Senior Women's National Team Sajid Dar told "We face Nepal next and we have to remain focused on the task at hand", he added.

Coming on the back of a goalless draw against Maldives, the Indian Women tried to pile pressure on their opponents by taking an early lead. In the 4th minute, Bembem Devi's rasping shot from outside of the box was saved by the Lankan custodian. Two minutes later, Prameshwori Devi' cross which was intended for Kamala Devi was collected by the opponent's custodian.

With the crowd hollering the Indian Women through with chants of 'India, India', the Women showcased fluid attacking football, whilst keeping possession, as they pinned Sri Lanka in their own half. In the 18th minute, Bembem Devi tried to chip the Lankan Goalkeeper with a cheeky effort, but the custodian made a fine save to deny Bembem the joy of scoring.

The breakthrough finally came for the Indian women in the 24th minute, albeit from an own goal, as the Lankan defence line headed the ball into their own net, following a Sasmita Malik corner kick to give India a solitary goal lead. Rejuvenated by taking the lead, the Indian Women tried to double their lead as they initiated a flurry of attacks. In the 35th minute, Bembem Devi released Grace onto goal with a long ball, but the latter ran into defensive traffic.

Shortly after, Prameshwori Devi, with the goal at her mercy failed to score as she hoofed the ball over the bar, after Sasmita Malik’s shot earned an uncanny save from the Lankan keeper. In the 44th minute, Prameshwori Devi after wriggling past the Lankan defence line, cut inside from the right flank and teed-up Kamala Devi in the 18 yard box, who ran into defensive traffic as the opportunity went abegging.

Almost right at the stroke of halftime the Indian Women doubled their lead as Dangmei Grace blasted her opportunity home to make the half-time scoreline read 2-0. The Indian Women picked up right where they left off and Kamala Devi rattled the Lankan crossbar with a thunderous shot seconds in the second half. In the 55th minute, Prameshwori Devi failed to tap the ball home from hand-shaking distance after she was found clear of the defensive mix by a Sasmita Malik cross.

Three minutes later, a rocket of a strike from Dangmei Grace from outside of the box, which flied straight into the top corner of the Lankan goal gave India a 3-0 lead. In the 60th minute, the goal-scorer turned provider, as Grace released a graceful cross for Kamala Devi, only for the latter to tap home as the scoreline read 4-0 in favour of India.

In the 73rd minute, Kamala Devi was brought down inside the 18 yard box following an uncanny tackle from the Sri Lankan defence line as the referee pointed to the spot. Sasmita Malik slotted it comfortably past the Sri Lankan custodian from the penalty spot to make the scoreline read 5-0. With India taking an unassailable lead, the 'Women in Blue' kept possession and saw out the match as the full-time scoreline read 5-0. The Indian Women clash swords against Nepal next on February 11, 2016.



05.02.2016 : INDIA WOMEN --- 0-0 MALDIVES WOMEN
IND : Aditi Chauhan (GK); Dalima Chibber, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi; Bembem Devi (C), Premi Devi, Dangmei Grace, Sasmita Malik, Kamala Devi, Prameshwori Devi (45’ – Sanju)

05.02.2015: AIFF REPORT : The Indian Women’s Senior National Team started their 12th South Asian Games campaign with a goalless draw against Maldives at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya on February 05, 2016.

In what was a dominating performance, the Indian Senior Women’s National Team attacked right from the whistle and had the Indian eves had their goal-scoring boots on, the complexion of the match would have been much different and the score-line much contrasting. However, as destiny had it, complacency infront of goal cost the Indian eves, a deserving win.

As early as the 4th minute, the Indian eves carved a opening in the Maldivian defence line as Kamala Devi, after a glitzy passing move with Sasmita Malik on the left flank, teed up on rushing Premi Devi, who could only unleash a lacklustre shot as the opponent’s custodian made an easy save.

Four minute later, Sasmita Malik released Bembem Devi onto goal with an accurate through ball, but the latter could only hammer the side-netting as the opportunity went abegging.

In the 12th minute, the Maldivian custodian made a top-draw save to deny Grace the joy of scoring from a header, following a Premi Devi cross from the right flank. With chances coming every now and then, the Indian eves although piled pressure on their opponents, had nothing to flaunt for their attacking finesse. Premi Devi failed to convert her chance from inside the box after Sasmita Malik unleashed a delightful cross for her in the 20th minute.

In a move to thwart away a flurry of Indian attacks, Maldives committed bodies in defence and ‘parked the bus’ to disrupt India’s attacking fluidity. Nevertheless, the Indian eves cut through the Maldivian defence like knife on butter and in the 36th minute, Prameshwori Devi had the best of the first half as she wriggled her way past the Maldivian defence, only to scoop her shot wide.

After the half-time scoreline read 0-0, the Indian eves found the net seconds into the second half, but the referee waved it offside to dampen the celebrations. The action, even in the second half was accumulated in Maldives’ half, as India’s custodian Aditi Chauhan, not once came under fire from the Maldivian attack force.

In the minute, substitute Sanju released Grace onto goal, but the latter could only manage to hit the side-netting as another opportunity went abegging for the Indian eves. Shortly after, a direct Kamala Devi free-kick from the edge of the 18 yard box was fisted away by the Maldivian custodian.

The Indian eves, dominated possession, launched attacks at will, but were left reeling for the finishing touches, as in the 70th minute, Kamala Devi failed to find the net after a routine corner kick scenario. In the 82nd minute, Grace burst onto a vacant left flank and unleashed a cross for Kamala Devi, but the former’s cross, failed to find its intended target.

In the dying embers of the match, Grace was awarded with an opportunity to seal the deal when Sanju’s delicious cross found her unmarked in the 18 yard box. However, Grace failed to make clean contact with the cross, as her header went wide of the goal. The Indian eves pressed for the deciding goal, but were thwarted by Maldives, and at the end of time the score-line read 0-0.The Indian Women’s Team will now clash against Sri Lanka on February 09, 2016 in Shillong.