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Pune crowned champions of WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament

Pune crowned champions of WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament

24th June 2019. Jalgaon: Earlier today, in the final of WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship, Pune played Buldhana in a thrilling contest at Jalgaon. After both the sides failed to score in the normal time, Pune defeated Buldhana 3-1 on penalties to lift the title and end their campaign on a superb note.

Pune 0(3)-0(1) Buldhana
(Pune won in Penalty)

The match stared off with Pune’s Jersey no 4 got injured in the very beginning of game. Earlier in first half there were some close chances for both the sides but neither side could break the deadlock. In second half Pune had number of chances to take the lead but Nikita Jadhav marshaled Buldhana’s defence like a wall and played a key role in keeping the score 0-0. After extra time, the game went to tiebreaker where Pune’s GK Anjali Barke once again stole the show with couple of saves that helped Pune to clinch the victory over Buldhana to become first time champions.

Though Pune and Buldhana had to go through the penalty shootout in order to defeat their counterparts, it was a brilliant performance to eliminate two of the likeliest finalists. When both these sides faced earlier today, it became a historic moment for both these districts that were playing each other for the very first time in the final.

Throughout the game, Pune and Buldhana defended superbly. They knew that even conceding a single goal will turn out to be fatal. At the full-time whistle, the score was still tied at 0-0 as the match headed towards the ultimate showdown, penalty shootout.

For Pune Murial Adam, Shweta Borude and Sana Shaikh managed to convert their spot kicks while only Dipsika Hiwale could convert for Buldhana.

Player of the tournament: Sonali Chemte

Goalkeeper of the tournament: Anjali Barke

Best Defender: Nikita Jhadav

Top scorer of the tournament: Pratiksha Mithari (6 Goals)

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WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament: Pune to face Buldhana in the Final

WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament: Pune to face Buldhana in the Final

An entertaining day of football at Jalgaon today as both the semifinal matches were decided on Penalty shootout. Hard Luck for Gondia and Kolhapur as their journey ends Buldhana and Pune to face each other in the final

Semi-final 1: Pune 0(3) – 0(0) Kolhapur
(Pune won in Penalty)
First semifinal was played between Pune and Kolhapur. Both teams started off brightly and it was Pune who had the first good opportunity in the very 1st minute of the game that could have turned danger for Kolhapur. However Kolhapur GK ensured there was no goals early in the game.

Pune’s attacking strategy put the pressure on Kolhapur that led them to concede couple of fouls which could have turned dangerous had it not been for some impressively saves by Kolhapur’s goalkeeper. The first half ended without any side breaking the deadlock.

Second half started brightly for Kolhapur who came out with attacking mentality with continuous forward movements. However, Pune goalkeeper Anjali was up to the task succeeding to save multiple attacks.
In 48th minute Shweta Borude from Pune was given yellow card. Despite extra minutes neither side managed to break the deadlocks.

And the game entered in the penalty shootout. Where Pune’s goalkeeper Anjali Barke saved 3 back to back shots and helped Pune to enter Finals with 3-0 win in penalty.

Semi final 2: Buldhana 0(4)-0(3) Gondia
(Buldhana won in Penalty)
The second semifinal game was played between Buldhana and Gondia. Both teams were good in defense. After a humdinger of 1st semi final the 2nd one had been tad cagey affair as neither side had threatened the goal enough before first half. Gondia started the second half with few attacking moves and in 42nd minute, they earned a free kick in dangerous position but nothing came out of it as they failed to break the deadlock. There was couple of yellow card shown for Buldhana players – Aishwarya Bhonde and Priti Khare. By the time, full time whistle was blown; none of the sides could find the net as the game entered for Penalty shootout.

During Penalty Shootouts, Both Buldhana and Gondia missed two opportunities to extend the shootout to sudden death where Gondia miss their attempt and Buldhana converted theirs to setup title clash with Pune.

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WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament. Mumbai and defending Champions Nagpur knocked out of tournament.

WIFA Women’s Inter District Football Tournament. Mumbai and defending Champions Nagpur knocked out of tournament.

Favorites Mumbai and the defending champions Nagpur knocked out of tournament by Gondia and Buldhana respectively, while Pune and Kolhapur comfortably entered semis.

Kolhapur (Pratiksha Mithari 19’, 25’, Sanika Chaugule 40’) 3-0 Amravati
In the Kolhapur’s attacking game strategy helped them to take the lead in the opening game vs Amravati. A cross from the left flank was converted it into beautiful goal by Pratiksha. Within the difference of 6 minutes Kolhapur got an opportunity in the form of penalty. Pratiksha Mithari converted the penalty to double the lead. Sarika Chaugale adding one more goal late in the game to beat Amravati with 3-0 win.

Pune (Pooja Waghire 9’, 38’, Murial Adam 20’, Ritu Francis 35’, 42’) 5 – 0 Thane
Pune’s excellent attack put them in the strong position with 2 goals in the first half scored by Pooja Waghire, Murial Adam. Pune was unstoppable in the entire game. They continued their attacks and managed to add 3 more goals in the second half. A brace each from Ritu and Pooja helped Pune to beat Thane. Pune entered semis beating Thane with 5-0 win.

Buldhana (Aishwarya Bhonde 24’) 1-0 Nagpur
Match started with good attacking moves from Buldhana side. They started attacking right from the beginning of the game. Though Buldhana’s attacks were stopped by Nagpur’s rock solid defense, Buldhana managed to take lead just before the first half with Aishwarya Bhonde’s powerful volley from center of the box found the back of the net. Buldhana were impressive in attacks taking the lead in first half while in second half they defended well to hold the lead. Buldhana entered the Semifinals with 1-0 win.

Mumbai 0(5)-0(6) Gondia
(Gondia won in Penalty)
Mumbai started with attaching strategy right from the very beginning of the game. Gondia were brilliant in defense as their goalkeeper Khushboo did not allow Mumbai to find a breakthrough. Mumbai were close to scoring a goal on number of times but Gondia’s keeper Khushboo came out with numerous save to deny them. Meanwhile Gondia were successful in stretching the game to Penalty shootout. In penalty shootout, both the team’s goalkeeper saved two attempts and stretched the game to sudden death. In the 10th attempt of penalty shootout, Mumbai’s kick taker shot the ball wide, while Gondia’s Ranu converted her attempt to take the team to Semifinals.

Semi Finals. Dt 22nd June

1. Kolhapur v/s Pune

2. Buldhana V/s Gondia

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WIFA Women’s Inter District Football: Kolhapur, Gondia win big to enter quarterfinals

WIFA Women’s Inter District Football: Kolhapur, Gondia win big to enter quarterfinals

Day 2 of the WIFA organized Women’s Inter District Football Tournament ended with 16 teams facing each other in a knock-out game. Buldhana, Pune, Kolhapur, Amravati, Thane, Mumbai, Gondia and Nagpur entered the next round for Quarter Finals.

Buldhana ( Aishwarya Bhonde 2’, 6’, Dipsika Hiwale 8’, Priti Khare 28’) 4-0 Washim
In the first match of second day, Buldhana started the game with quick goals in the early game, taking 3-0 lead within 8 minutes of play. Aishwarya Bhonde scored brace while Dipsika added the third as Buldana went 3-0 at break. Washim defence improved but they failed to mount a comeback as Buldana knocked them over 4-0 courtesy of a 4th goal from Priti early in the 2nd half.

Pune ( Abhilasha Mehra 14’, Muriel Adam 16’ ) 2-0 Nashik
It was an intense game between Pune and Nashik that was witness of some great defense from both the sides. In first half Pune was better in attacking scoring 2 quick goals to take an early 2-0 lead. In the second half Nashik’s superb defense saved goals but their lack of forward movements hurt them as the game ended up with 0-2 goals. Pune’s brilliant game led them into the next round.

Kolhapur ( Adhika Bhosle 1’, 8’, 19’, 47’, Pratiksha Mithari 2’, 26’, 45’, 50’ , Jyoti Dhere 5’, 13’ ) 10-0 Beed
Kolhapur the team with full of confidence and energy entered in the tournament and became the highest scoring team with 10 goals in a single match. They dominated the opposition team Beed who played their first ever district match. Adhika Bhosle and Pratiksha Mithari were top scorer with 4 goals each as Kolhapur entered the next round in some style.

Amravati ( Namrata Vike 18’, Sonam Mishra 23’, Anisha Kumbre 29’, Ashwini Ganvir 33’ ) 4-0 Ahmednagar
Ahmednagar were brilliant on attacks the other day but failed to maintain the same tempo in today’s match. Amravati impressed with high intensity, skills and energy. In first half both the sides played tremendous game but it was Amravati’s Namrata Vike, Sonam Mishra who succeeded in scoring. Amravati added two more in second half courtesy of Anisha and Ashwini to qualify for the next round.

Thane (Jagruti Moholkar 15’, Nirmity More 16’, Navya Koshi 26’, Paromita Chakravarty ) 4-0 Sangli
Sangli could not stop Thane’s attacking game, who were brilliant in both the sessions. In first half Thane scored back to back goals to take a quick 2-0 lead. After break, Thane continued with the same spirit and bagged 2 more goals. Thane’s strong defence didn’t allow Sangli to come forward while they trampled ahead to score four.

Mumbai (Karan Pais 11’,Riya Sukhdeve 25’, Pranali 33’,Florian 37’) 4 -0 Palghar
One of the crucial matches of the tournament. As both teams Palghar and Mumbai are termed favorites. Mumbai took the early lead in game with some good movement in the attack. Mumbai’s attack as well defense was brilliant as compared to Palghar. Mumbai bagged couple of goals in first half and continued the second half with same energy and added two more goals to beat Palghar with the difference of 4 goals. Palghar attacks failed to break a resolute Mumbai defence as they failed to score any.

Gondia (Heena 6’, Trupti 10’, 34’, 36’ , Aishwarya 14’ , Archana 40’) 6-0 Aurangabad
Gondola’s consistency in attack and Aurangabad’s deficiency in defence turned the game in Gondia’s favor right from the start as they have made it 3-0 within the first 15 minutes of the game. Trupti stared for Gondia with a well deserved hat-trick while Aishwarya, Archana and Heena added three more to the tally.

Nagpur ( Bobby Gedam 8’, 43’ ) 2-0 Dhule
In this last game before quarter finals, Goals from Bobby Gedam either side of the game gave Nagpur a comfortable 2-0 win over Dhule. The latter lacked in their forward attack while their defense did a decent job to restrict the goals to just two.

  1. Quarter Final Matches Dt. 22nd June
    1. Kolhapur v/s Amravati
    2. Thane v/s Pune
    3. Buldhana v/s Nagpur
    4. Mumbai v/s Gondia
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Gondia, Buldhana qualify for next round of Women’s Inter-District Football Tournament

Gondia, Buldhana qualify for next round of Women’s Inter-District Football Tournament

Earlier today at Jalgaon, WIFA (Western India Football Association) Inter-District Football Tournament got underway. A total of four games were contested today, where Ahmednagar, Thane, Buldhana and Gondia entered next round.

Ahmednagar 0(4) – 0(2) Wardha
Despite the tremendous performance by both the teams neither side could manage to score the goal due to some good defense from both sides. Match ended in goalless draw and headed for penalty shoot. Ahmednagar managed to bag 4 goals where as Wardha could score only 2 as the former entered the next round

Thane (Paromita Chakravarty 22’) 1(3)-1(2) Jalgaon( Monu Ghule 41’)
In the second match between Thane and home team Jalgaon, Thane opened the scoring midway through the first half as they got an opportunity via penalty kick. Early in the game a lackluster Jalgaon allowed Thane too many chances that the latter failed to capitalise on. In the dying minutes, Jalgaon backed themselves into the game and after a brilliant save by their goalkeeper to keep them in the game, a counter attack move by the host was well finished off by Monu Ghule to bring the score on level terms. The match resulted in a draw and entered into penalty shoot. Thane scored 3 whereas Jalgaon could convert only 2.

Buldhana (Aishwarya Ubahande 12’, Aishwarya Bhonde 26’, Nikita Nakade 34’ and Nikita Jadhav 35’) 4-0 Satara
From the beginning of the game Buldhana dominated Satara. Aishwarya Ubahande opened the scoring with subtle finaih in the 12th minute. Aishwarya Bhonde, Nikita Kakde and Nikita Jadhav added three more goals to the tally to end the game at 4-0 scoreline as Buldhana entered the next round.

Gondia ( Archana 45’ and Heena 47’ ) 2-0 Yavatmal
In the last game between Gondia and Yavatmal, after a goalless first half, Gondia pushed hard for goals to enter the next round. Archana and Captain Heena from Gondia made it possible late in the game as they converted their chances to end the game 2-0 scoring minutes before the match came to an end.

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Jalgaon to host WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship from June 20

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.The latest edition of WIFA Inter-district’s Women’s Championship will be held in Jalgaon and run from June 20th to 25th. 

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.

This year, a total of 24 district teams from across Maharashtra will be participating in the tournament, which will be played on a knockout basis. The participating teams are:

Nagpur, Dhule, Satara, Washim, Latur, Buldana, Solapur, Aurangabad, Yavatmal, Mumbai, Palghar, Gondia, Bhandara, Kolhapur, Beed, Ahmednagar, Wardha, Parbhani, Amravati, Sangli, Nashik, Thane, Jalgaon and Pune.

Last year, in a memorable Championship, Tournament’s two underdog teams made it to the final which was contested between Kolhapur and Nagpur. In the semi-finals, both Nagpur and Kolhapur showed gritty determination to take the game to shoot-out and defeated favourites Mumbai and Pune’s to enter the finals. In the tournament finale, after an intense normal time couldn’t produce a result, Nagpur edged Kolhapur 4-3 on penalty shootout to lift the trophy. 

The 2019 edition of the tournament commences from June 20 with 8 games being played on the day. The knockout will continue the next day where the Pre-quarter-finals will be held. The semi final will played on 24th while the title clash will be held a day later on June 25th.

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.


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