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KSA girls are the champs

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GSFA president Parimal Nathwani gave winner’s trophy to Kingstar Sports Academy who beat Patan FC 2-1 to win State Women’s hockey

GSFA president Parimal Nathwani gave winner’s trophy to Kingstar Sports Academy who beat Patan FC 2-1 to win State Women’s hockey

The girls from Kingstar Sports Academy made it count when it mattered the most as they shocked their fancied rivals from Patan FC (PFC) 2-1 to win the State Women’s League fi nal on Wednesday.

KSA, who made a statement with a dominating 6-0 win in their final Super League match last Friday, appeared to have carried on the momentum against their rivals who remained unbeaten in the Super League stage.

Riding on the local support, the team from Gandhinagar took the lead when forward Pratima Mukhia found the net in the 20th minute.

PFC, whose girls had made their name in the sport in recent times, were not ones to go down without a fight as they found the equaliser in the 35th minute through midfielder Hetal Thakor that saw the honours were shared at the end of the first half.

With both the teams looking for a tough fight, KSA appeared to be off the block early in the second half as defender Muriel Adam’s 49th-minute goal virtually sealed the fate of the match.

KSA will now vie with India’s best in the Wo m e n ’s L e a g u e Championship that is scheduled to be held in Odisha from April 23 to May 27.

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