India beat Bhutan 4-0 in the opening match of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) under-18 women’s championship 2018 yesterday.
Without much action in the first quarter of the match, the Indian girls adapted quickly to the game and found the opener in the 35th minute after several high flying off target shots.
Host Bhutan displayed a strong defense line and restricted to a single goal despite mounting pressure from India in the first half.
Bhutan’s Coach Sung Jea Lee brought in the players that had the experiences of playing SAFF championship last month in the second half. The host was quick in winning balls and won few scoring chances. However, Bhutan couldn’t convert their chances and paid dearly when India scored three more goals in the second half.
Sung Jea Less said the result was disappointing. “The players were nervous because most of them lack the experience of playing such matches. However, I feel that they did their best. Most of them are young and after seeing their play, I see more possibility in future.”
The coach said that the team’s target to reach the semi final round is alive. Reaching the knockout round is our target. Bhutan will play the Maldives tomorrow.
“Although I don’t know the Maldives, their level of play and performance, I feel that we can play better. We will paly more attacking game. It is our last and only chance to stay in the championship,” said Sung Jea Lee. “We can even change our strategies and get better result.”
Roy Deveneta scored the opener and another goal in the 50th minute to record herself as the first goal scorer of the tournament and also scored a brace yesterday.
India’s coach Alex Mario said the result was positive. “We got our goals but I am not satisfied with the way my team played. I assume it was because they are not adapted to the conditions here,” he said. “There was individual brilliance but we still need to work.”
The coach said that the Bhutanese played well in defense. “I liked the build up from the back and there was the positivity with the team,” he said. “Every contender is here to win and that makes the match difficult. Bhutan team did make it hard for us we just got one goal in the first half.”
Meanwhile in the second match of the championship, Nepal humiliated Pakistan 12-0.
Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh are placed in same pool.
Recha Poudel scored seven of the dozen goals Nepal scored against Pakistan.