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  India U-15 girls reach SAFF final
BHUBANESWAR,16 Aug 2018 (Team Orisports)

India beat Nepal 2-1 to barge into the final of the SAFF U-15 Women Championship, which is being held at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan from August 9. Earlier, India won both of their Group-A league matches to enter semifinals.

India rode on a hattrick by captain Shilky Devi to demolish Sri Lanka 12-0 in their opening Group-A match. In their second league game, India edged out host Bhutan 1-0 with Shilky Devi scoring the all-importang goal. Sarita Soreng of Odisha featured in the Indian starting line-up for the second match.

Surprisingly, All India Football Association (AIFF) did not disclose the list of players selected to represent the National U-15 women team. According to Football Association of Odisha, the India U-15 team features four players from Odisha. They are: Jyoti Kumari, Sangita Das, Manju Ganju and Sarita Soreng.

Team India for First Match: Manish (GK), Jyoti Kumari, Kavita, Ritu Devi, Naorem Devi, Th Kritina Devi, Jhanvi Shetty, Avika Singh, Lyndo Kom, Shilky Devi (Captain), Sunita Munda, Kiran, Anju. Head coach: Firmin D’Souza.

August 9:
India (Shilky Devi 1’,20’,44’; Lynda Kom 6’, Avika Singh 13’,58’; Sunita Munda 42’,79’; Kritina Devi 47’, Kiran 72’, Anju 87’,90’) beat Sri Lanka 12-0.
August 13: India (Shilky Devi 58’) beat Bhutan 1-0.
August 16 (SF): India (Lynda Kom 31’, Kritina Devi 58’) beat Nepal (Rajani Thokar 37’) 2-1.
PHOTO: India U-15 women team pose before the start of their opening match against Sri Lanka on August 9, 2018.



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