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IWL Preliminary Round concludes with Rush Soccer lifting the title

IWL Preliminary Round concludes with Rush Soccer lifting the title

The last round of Indian Women’s League (IWL) – Preliminary Round concluded in style with PIFA and Bodyline SC registering wins, whereas, eventual Champions Rush and FLA played out a draw. 

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IWL – Rush triumphs, Bodyline and FLA earns a hard-fought draw

IWL – Rush triumphs, Bodyline and FLA earns a hard-fought draw

16th September 2017, Mumbai: On Matchday 13th of WIFA Women’s League – Indian Women’s League (IWL) Preliminary Round, a total of two matches were held where high-flying Rush Soccer faced Football School of India, whereas, table-topper Football Leaders Academy locked horns with Bodyline SC at Cooperage Stadium on Saturday evening.

Rush Soccer vs Football School of India (FSI)

In the first match of the day, Rush Soccer had to dig deep as they clinched a 3-1 victory over Football School of India (FSI) after being down 1-0 at the break. The win moved Rush Soccer at the top of the table with 15 points in 7 matches as they leapfrogged Football Leaders Academy who only managed to draw against Bodyline SC.

Football School of India (FSI) started off brightly and looked like a far better team than their counterpart. FSI’s midfield dominated the match proceedings which ultimately led to the opening goal of the match. Amruta Gladys’ excellent goal from inside the box proved too good for Rush’s goalkeeper as FSI took a swift lead.

Rush did manage to come close to find the equalizer but FSI’s defender Vaishnavi stood firm and strong to clear and challenge out the danger. FSI went into the break with a one-goal advantage, but not for long as Rush completely changed the course of the match in the second-half.

The first fifteen minutes of the second-half saw Rush slowly taking over the control of the match. After few misses for Nisha Singh, Jyoti Kumar, Rush finally equalized midway into the second-half. Deepika Singh scored a sublime goal to level the score.

Moments later, Deepika Singh danced past couple of defenders before placing her effort into the back of the net to give Rush a 2-1 lead. With the time running out, a superb counter-attack by Rush saw Nisha Singh scoring a scorcher of a goal when she lobbed over the goalkeeper to wrap up the game with all three points.

Bodyline SC vs Football Leaders Academy (FLA)

The second match of the day proved out to be a thrilling contest between two of the best sides of the Tournament. After taking the lead twice in the game, Bodyline SC had to salvage a point when a spectacular second-half display from FLA earned them a 2-2 draw at Cooperage Stadium.

Bodyline SC had a dream start when inside the first five minutes, midfielder Aditi Shetty unleashed a powerful strike which was initially saved by the goalkeeper but it somehow slipped and crossed the goal-line. A very unfortunate way to concede a goal.

But midway into the first-half, Football Leaders Academy (FLA) finally leveled the score when a bullet header from Reshmi Kumari gave FLA a ray of hope to maintain their position at the top of the table. Moments after Reshmi scored, Bodyline SC were awarded a penalty on the other end.

Kimberley Fernandez stepped up and restored the parity with a fine penalty and help Bodyline SC go into the break with a 2-1 lead.

The second-half was completely dominated by FLA who were looking to find the equalizer. The introduction of Tara Singh in the first-half proved beneficial for FLA as she created havoc for Bodyline’s backline.

Along with Tara, striker Archana Thakur, and Reshmi caused serious problems to Bodyline as the trio came agonizingly close to level the score. The pressure finally paid off when Tara Singh found Reshmi across the empty goal who made it 2-2 in the dying minutes.

FLA could have won the game but two late fantastic saves by Bodyline’s goalkeeper Shreeya Yadav helped Bodyline to salvage a draw against an in-form FLA side.

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Bodyline SC continues their fine form with a 4-0 win

Bodyline SC continues their fine form with a 4-0 win
12th September 2017, Mumbai: After the conclusion of Indian Women’s League (IWL) Preliminary Round – First stage, the second phase of the campaign commenced on Tuesday morning when Bodyline SC took on Football School of India (FSI) in hope to secure maximum points at Cooperage Stadium.
Tournament’s top-scorer Bhagyashree Dalvi displayed yet another fantastic display to lead Bodyline SC to glory as a 4-0 win gave them all three points against an energetic FSI side. Joining Bhagyashree in the scoresheet was striker Karen Pais and Tricia Collaco. Bodyline SC made a great start as right from the kick-off, they looked desperate to open the scoring.
Star striker Karen Pais broke the deadlock after a brilliant combination with Kimberley Fernandez who set Karen with a precise long ball into the penalty area. Karen danced past her marker and superbly slotted it past the hapless goalkeeper. The opening goal gave Bodyline SC a huge advantage as they dominated the match proceedings for the larger share of the match.
It didn’t take long for Bodyline SC to double their lead as a bombarding run from Tricia Collaco on the flanks helped Bhagyashree Dalvi to comfortably place her effort into the back of the net. The third goal came from a yet another brilliant link-up play from Bodyline SC.
Muskaan Mehra unleashed a superb ball into the penalty area which found Bhagyashree Dalvi unmarked in the box. Bhagyshree calmly controlled the long ball and buried her effort past the goalkeeper to increase Bodyline SC’s lead by three goals.
The fifth and final goal was netted in by Tricia Collaco who had an impressive match for Bodyline. Valencia D’Mello rolled a ball across Muskaan, whose shot was initially saved by the goalkeeper, but on the rebound, Tricia tapped in from a close range to complete a fine 4-0 victory.
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Riding on Bhagyashree Dalvi’s hat-trick, Bodyline SC wins 4-1

Riding on Bhagyashree Dalvi’s hat-trick, Bodyline SC wins 4-1

18th August 2017, Mumbai: The third matchday of the ongoing Indian Women’s League (IWL) commenced today at Cooperage Stadium. Bodyline SC made a strong comeback after their opening day defeat as a neat hat-trick by Bhagyashree Dalvi sealed the game 4-1 at Cooperage Stadium.

Football Leaders Academy who managed to score nine goals in their previous game never really manage to threatened Bodyline’s backline. It took FLA’s counterpart only 10 minutes to break the deadlock.
Bhagyashree Dalvi was set up through on goal who calmly managed to slight past FLA’s custodian Shreeya Yadav.
Midway into the first-half, FLA had two quick back to back chances to level the score. First, Lian Matthews attempt from forty-yards almost sailed past Bodyline’s Goalkeeper Josline D’Souza. Minutes later, Kashmira Vazirani also tried her luck from distance.
She came as close as Lian. Kashmira’s effort rattled the bar before Shimona Saldhana blasted the rebound over the bar. These misses turned out to be the focal point of the match.
A few minutes later, Bhagyashree doubled the lead after Reetika Sahani set her up with a pinpoint through ball. Bhagyashree completed her hat-trick just before half-time after linking up brilliantly with Signorina Thapa.
The second-half was all about misses unless Bhagyashree and Signorina linked up, yet again. Bombarding from the right-wing, Bhagyashree’s swerving cross was comfortably tapped in by Signorina which completed an impressive move for Bodyline SC.
Bodyline’s defense was finally breached. Tara Khatoon scored the goal for Football Leaders Academy in the dying minutes which proved nothing but a consolation goal.
Hat-trick hero Bhagyashree Dalvi who also assisted the fourth goal was named as the Player Of The Match.

Football Leaders Academy (FLA) headed towards the match on the back of a fine 9-1 win over Kenkre FC in their opening game, whereas, Bodyline SC had to suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Football School of India (FSI).

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Jyoti Mehra’s lone strike give FSI a hard-fought win against Bodyline SC

Jyoti Mehra’s lone strike give FSI a hard-fought win against Bodyline SC
14th August 2017, Mumbai: In the opening match of WIFA (Western India Football Association) Women’s League – Indian Women’s League (IWL) preliminary round, Football School of India (FSI) faced Bodyline SC at Cooperage Stadium.
In what turned out to be a rain-disrupted match, Football School of India (FSI) displayed grit and determination to overcome Bodyline SC 1-0, courtesy of Jyoti Mehra’s strike in the 55th minute.
Both the sides started off brightly right from the kick-off. An end to end match made sure the spectators are glued to their seats.
Midway into the first-half, Bodyline SC was awarded a penalty after a brilliant counter attacking move. Experienced midfielder Aditi Shetty stepped up but only to see her penalty brilliantly saved by FSI Goalkeeper Ankita Shinde.
FSI’s Captain Pranali Shetty had a brilliant game. The number 10 made a number of key passes and dictated the play from the midfield. The first-half ended 0-0 with both the sides missing key chances towards the end of the half.
The second-half turned out to be quite entertaining. Superb saves, brilliant moves, injuries, and of course, the deciding goal.
The Bodyline SC’s trio of Rhea Rodrigues, Kimberly Fernandez and Karen Pais had a decent game but couldn’t break into FSI’s strong defence.
In the 55th minute, FSI’s Jyoti Mehra received a long ball on the right flank. The number 9 took the advantage of the on-rushing Bodyline SC goalkeeper to lob over her to make it 1-0.
Later in the second-half, Karen Pais’ pinpoint through ball was brilliantly cleared by FSI Custodian Ankita Shetty. FSI’s defence stood firm and strong to take all three points and kick-start their campaign on a winning note.
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WIFA to conduct pre-qualifiers to select teams for Indian Women’s League

WIFA to conduct pre-qualifiers to select teams for Indian Women’s League

The Western India Football Association (WIFA) have announced that they will be conducting the Pre-Qualifiers League to select teams to participate in the Preliminary Round of the Indian Women’s League (IWL) 2017-18.

The qualifiers will commence from 7th August 2017 at Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai. WIFA has further asked the following clubs to have their teams ready for the Tournament. Kenkre Football Club, Football School of India, Tiger Sports Academy, Football Leaders Academy, PIFA Sports Private Limited, Colaba Sports League, Bodyline FC and Rush Soccer is the eight teams which will be participating in the Pre-Qualifiers.

On 22nd July 2o17, a meeting is scheduled to take place at Cooperage Stadium of the managers of the participating teams to apprise the teams with the modalities of the Tournament.

With the recently concluded WIFA Women’s Championship, this is yet another opportunity for the girls to come out and prove themselves on a grand stage.

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