Purple WE win Discover Football
Jyoti scores 33rd minute winner to sink Turquoise Female Autonomy in final
Story: BASIL | SYLVESTER | 13th August 2017, 12:09 Hrs
Purple Women's Empowerment clinched the Discover Football 2017 title with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Turquoise Female Autonomy at the Discover Football 7-a-side Women's Football at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday.
The all-important goal came in the 33rd minute of play when Purple's Jyoti Burrett showcased her dribbling skills and pace to break free into the rival box to leave the opposition keeper a mute spectator.
The game was a high-intensity, pacy affair. As early as the first minute, Purple's Jyoti Burrett header struck just over the crossbar from an opposition defender's mis-pass. In the fifth minute, from the other end, Turquoise's Karishma Shirvoikar on receiving a long pass advanced dangerously towards the rival box but the Purple custodian came up with a stellar diving save in the one-on-one situation.
Not to be outdone, soon after a Purple player's powerful goal-bound strike was blocked by an alert Vanisha in Turquoise defence. Purple's Jyoti had another chance in the 10th minute when her well-directed header from a corner fell just short off target.
As Purple began to grow into the game, in an ensuing goal-mouth melee in the Turquoise half, Purple's substitute Sonali muffed up a good scoring opportunity. Getting back into the thick of action from a resolute defence, Turquoise's Vailanka D'Souza's free-kick in the 17th minute into the opposition goal-mouth saw frenzied action wherein her partner-in-crime in the earlier games, Karishma threatened to find room to score but was not given space by a rigid Purple defence.
Turquoise's goal-glutton, Karishma looked dangerous to restore parity just before half time, but she was adeptly tackled by a Purple defender to let the ball go for a corner. Post resumption, Turquoise was off the blocks immediately with Vailanka missing out on an equalizer from close range. As the game intensified with each side looking to gain the upper hand but the other outfit not letting up, it needed a solo effort brilliance by Purple's Jyoti who broke free leaving the opposition defence in a disarray and the opposition custodian no chance in the 33rd minute.
Six minutes later, Purple's industrious star striker, Karishma's valiant effort to find space bore fruition but to the extent that the Purple citadel stood tall. Two minutes later, a spectacular free kick taken by Turquoise's Vanisha was foiled by an alert Purple defense.
As the game went into the dying stages of the game, Turquoise led by Karishma struck hard for the equaliser but luck and an obdurate Purple defence thwarted the chances. A minute before the final whistle, Karishma, who had struck a record 10 goals in her earlier three matches in the tournament, showed her class with a stinging long ranger which sailed just a few inches over the horizontal.
In the play-offs played earlier in the day, Golden Grow Visibility routed Crimson Mutual Consent 4-0 for the seventh place, Silver Self-Determination thumped Blue Bodily Integrity 6-2 for the fifth place while Cream Gender Equality defeated Ebony Equal Opportunity 2-0 in a well-contested affair for the third place.
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