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  Rising Student qualify for IWL Final Round
BHUBANESWAR,03 Dec 2017 (Team Orisports)

Cuttack-based Rising Student Club qualified for the Final Round of the 2nd AIFF Women’s League after holding Sethu FC of Tamil Nadu to 1-1 draw in their fifth and last match of the Qualifying Competition at Rajarshi Stadium in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) today.

Rising Student capped their campaign with three outright wins, one walk-over and one draw. International striker Pyari Xaxa was the star of the Rising Student team, scoring as many as 10 goals including three hat-tricks. The final phase of the IWL will take place in March 2018.

Earlier, Rising Student hammered J&K State Sports Council 8-0, got walk-over against Capital Complex Sporting Club of Arunachal Pradesh, beat Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education (Puducherry) 4-1 and Baroda Football Academy 13-0.

A total of 13 teams vied for two coveted spots in the six-team Final Round. Eastern Sporting Union from Manipur were last year`s champions and Rising Studnet Club runners-up. Other 11 teams in the Qualifiers were: Sethu FC (Tamil Nadu), Chandney Sporting Club (West Bengal), Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education (Pondicherry), United Warriors Sporting Club (Punjab), Capital Complex Sporting Club (Arunachal Pradesh), Baroda Football Academy (Gujarat), KRYPSHA (Manipur), Hans Women’s Football Club (Delhi), J&K State Sports Council (Jammu & Kashmir), Rush Soccer (Maharashtra) and the SAI Women Football Team.

The teams were divided into two groups with the qualifiers ending on December 8 after which the top side from each group will be the ones to make it to the Final Round. International Suprava Samal led the 18-member Rising Student team in the Qualifiers. They had many more internationals in their rank including former India captain Sasmita Malik and star forward Pyari Xaxa.

Tikina Samal, Rajashree Das
Defenders: Sasmita Swain, Suprava Samal, Manisha Panna, Rachita Malik, Jabamani Tudu, Parbati Kujur, Jyoshna Malik, Runi Nayak
Mid-fielders: Lochana Munda, Sinulata Sahoo, Satyabati Khadia
Forwards: Sasmita Malik, Deepa Nayak, Jasmani Samad, Subhadra Sahu, Pyari Xaxa
Coach: Gitanjali Khuntia; Manager: Sultana Parween

Nov 25:
Rising Student Club (Pyari Xaxa 12th, 16th, 35th; Jashmani Samad 14th, 43rd; Subhadra Sahu 1st, Suprava Samal 19th, Sinulata Sahoo 75th) beat Kerala 8-0. Player of the match: Pyari Xaxa.
Nov 27: Rising Student Club beat Capital Complex Sporting Club (walk-over).
Nov 29: Rising Student Club (Pyari Xaxa 16th, 45th, 72nd; Suprava Samal 56th) beat Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports and Education 4-1. PoM: Manisha Panna.
Dec 1: Rising Student Club (Manisha Panna 37, 66, 85; Jabamani Tudu 80, Jasmani Samad 15, 34; Pyari Xaxa 10, 31, 73; Lochona Munda 3, 88; Jyosna Malik 72, Deepa Nayak 69) beat Baroda Football Academy 13-0. PoM: Pyari Xaxa.
Dec 3: Rising Student (Pyari Xaxa 47) drew with Sethu FC (Madhuri Sumithra R 49) 1-1. PoM: Subhadra Sahu.



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