NEW DELHI, 19th December, 2017: The India U15 Women’s side scored five goals in each half as they thumped Nepal 10-0. The match was a totally one-sided group encounter at the ongoing SAFF U15 Women’s Championship being held at Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hattricks by Priyanka Devi and Sunita Munda was complimented by a brace from Lynda Kom. Goals from Santhiya and Anay Bayi completed the rout. This is India’s 2nd win in the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship after they beat Bhutan 3-0.
Lynda Kom opened the scoring in the 4th minute as India went on to pile the pressure on their northern neighbours. But the scoreline didn’t reflect the dominance until Lynda opened the floodgate with her second strike in the 32nd minute.
The final third of the first half saw three more goals being pumped into the Nepalese net. Sunita Munda, Santhiya and Priyanka Devi etched their names on the scoresheet with goals in the 33rd, 40th and 43rd minute respectively. Nepal had a chance of their own but they missed their penalty opportunity as the teams went 5-0 into half time.
Contrary to expectations India didn’t let the foot off the pedal in the second half as Priyanka got her second of the day in 53rd minute before Sunita too did same in the 62nd minute. Anay Bayi became the fifth Indian on the scoresheet with her strike in 69th minute as the Nepali shoulders dropped and India strolled around with the ball. After few attempts, Priyanka finally scored again in the 76th minute to complete her hattrick before Sunita rounded off the scoreline with her own three-peat in the 86th minute. India next face Bangladesh on December 21 in their final group encounter of the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship.