Women’s Champions League by WIFA to witness ‘Pune Derby’ in the final
The Women’s Championship by Western India Football Association reaches its last stage after some enthralling action at the Cooperage ground throughout the day. United Poona SA and Pune City FC emerge victorious in the respective semi-finals to fix the date with each other in an all Pune affair in the final.
The first match of the day was between Bodyline SC, pretty much the tournament favourites and Pune City FC girls. The regulation time ended 1-1 with Pooja More’s early strike for Pune being equalized by Karen Pais of Bodyline later.
The match rolled onto the penalties which witnessed some jaw-dropping stuffs. Aditi, Juhu, Reetika, Rhea and two others scored for Bodyline. The scorer of the equalizer Karen Pais missed surprisingly. While on the other hand Pune FC’s Gia, Pooja, Muriel, Senorita and three others found their names on the scoresheet as the Women’s team of ISL’s Pune franchise edged past Bodyline 7-6 on penalties and reached the final.
The another encounter today between Aadhar Pratishtan and United Poona SA proved to be a cagy affair as the match remained anybody’s game throughout. But Aishwarya Balapure’s strike sealed the deal as United Poona found themselves in the final of the WIFA Women’s Champions League against their city rivals.
The tournament started as a part of the joint project of FIFA and AIFF to develop women’s football in the country. With good administration and proper coverage of the tournament, the more than 100 year old administrative body of football in Western India has managed the tournament with merit.
Such tournaments if being organized by all the state associations regularly with adequate initiative can do wonders for women’s football in the land.