Tamil Nadu beat Manipur 2-1, wins Maiden Senior Women’s National Football Championship
IMPHAL, February 15, 2018: Tamil Nadu beat Manipur 2-1 to lift their maiden title in the 23rd edition of the Senior Women's National Football Championship on Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu created history by becoming champions in their first-ever final with Indumathi scoring the opener in the 3rd minute while Indrani made it 2-0 in the 40th.
Ratanbala scored the lone goal for Manipur in the 57th.
Indumathi was also adjudged the player of the final as well as the tournament for her superlative performances.
Tamil Nadu took the lead straightaway when Indumathi drilled it past the keeper. The Manipuri defence was caught napping as Indumathi broke through the middle to go past a couple of defenders to score the opener.
With half-time approaching Tamil Nadu struck once again, Indhrani converting from Indumathi's ball into the box to double the lead.
With two back to back opportunities gone to waste, Tamil Nadu were caught off guard as Ratanbala pulled one back on the counter for Manipur in the 57th minute. The goal had a revitalising effect as Manipur clawed themselves back into the game.
With the minutes ticking away, Tamil Nadu fell back to defend their lead as the trio of Bala-Grace-Ratanbala bombarded the goal, but each time it was kept away as Tamil Nadu held on to create history.
AIFF vice-president, Subrata Dutta, who was the chief guest at the final congratulated the team on its success.
"I congratulate the Tamil Nadu team on winning the Senior Womens Championship. Their first final and they created history. They were excellent on the field today and certainly deserved to win."
"I also hope this inspires other teams to come up the way Tamil Nadu have. This proves hard work always pays," he added.
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