Margao: A formidable Manipur side routed Odisha 5-0 as they lifted the Junior National Football Championship for U-18 Girls.
Manipur, who have been performing well right since the beginning of the tournament, controlled the entire match from the first minute at the Rosay Complex ground, Navelim.
They scored the first goal in the sixth minute with Premi Chiru finding the back of the net. Odisha’s mid-fielders and defenders had a tough time against Manipur as they struggled to get control over the ball.
In the 12th minute, Manipur’s Ratanbala Devi scored as they took 2-0 lead.
Manipur extended lead to 3-0 as S Ranjana Chanu with a fine header struck nine minutes later.
They kept building pressure on Odisha’s defence as players moved the ball around on both sides. Premi Chiru again scored as Manipur now led by 4-0 before going to the half-time.
In the second half, Odisha made good attempts to strike but were unable to score.
Manipur’s Kashmina, who was the highest goal scorer in the tournament, scored in the 47th minute as Manipur extended