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Gokulam Kerala beat Panjim Footballers 2-0 for their fourth straight win

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Gokulam Kerala FC beat Panjim Footballers 2-0 for their fourth straight win while Hans FC defeated Rising Students' Club 2-1 to record their second victory in the Hero Indian Women Football league in Ludhiana on Saturday.
 
India internationals Sanju and Anju Tamang were on target for the Kerala side, but it was their teenage mid fielder Manisha, who stole the show to take the Player of the Match award.
 
It was defence-vs-attack all through as Gokulam took the initiative from early on.  Sanju intercepted a pass from the right and unleashed a drive into the bottom corner.
 
Gokulam picked up where they left off in the second half as Manisha dictated terms from midfield again. She linked with Bawitlung, who played a delicious one-two with Babysena Devi to break free of her marker, but Panjim keeper Ashika Gadekar came off her line and swept the ball off the Mizo forward's feet.
 
However, Manisha created an opening which led to the second goal. She  sold a dummy at the edge of the penalty box, and played a delicate through ball to Anju Tamang, who merely had to beat the keeper, which she did with great aplomb. This win took Gokulam a  step closer to the semi-final spot, as they now have 12 points from four matches – a perfect record in the tournament so far.
 
In another match, Hans  FC  kept their hopes alive as they beat Rising Student Club 2-1. Hans FC’s Nigerian midfielder Rita Casia was the star of the show as she controlled the midfield and also scored an absolute scorcher from long range.
 
Rising Student Club started off the game with the higher tempo, incessantly going on the attack in the early exchanges.
 
However, it was Hans who had the earliest chance, when Jyoti Ann Burrett knuckled a free-kick from long range. Her shot was well-placed, but it was saved by RSC keeper Rani Bhowmick. Krishna Barick had an early opportunity to put RSC in front when she got the ball inside the opposition area, switched to her left foot, but Hans keeper Vanshika Rana thwarted the attack.
 
Hans midfielder Rita Casia put her side in the lead with a powerful shot giving RSC goalkeeper Rani Bhowmick  no chance to block it.
 
Hans doubled their lead soon after, when Anushka Samuel broke free and slipped it past Bhowmick (2-0). Sradhanjali Panda scored in injury time to pull one back, but it was too little, too late for RSC.
 
NNN
 

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