Defending Champs Eastern Sporting Union face Rising Student Club in HERO IWL Final
Shillong, Apr 13 (PTI) Revenge would be on the minds of Rising Student Club when they lock horns with defending champions Eastern Sporting Union in the summit clash of the second Hero Indian Women's League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.
Rising Student Club had suffered a 3-0 loss against Eastern Sporting Union in the finals of the inaugural edition last year and they have been handed another opportunity to outwit their rivals and lay claim to the crown.
Rising Student Club defeated table toppers KHRYPSA 4-3 on penalties in a dramatic match to move into the finals, while two late goals in extra time proved enough for Eastern Sporting Union to clinch a win against SETHU FC.
We have worked hard to get here (into the finals) and the team has grown substantially from last year, said head coach of Rising Student Club Sukla Dutta. '
Eastern Sporting Union are a very strong team and we respect them, however come the finals we will be going all out to win.
Perhaps Rising Student Club will be depending on the performance of forward Pyari Xaxa upfront, who has been in sublime form.
We are confident in our abilities and we will be giving our cent percent on the pitch. Last year we lost 3-0 against ESU but this time the result will be different, said Pyari Xaxa.
We will fight to get our revenge and take the trophy home, she added.
However, Eastern Sporting Union, the defending champions, will not give up the trophy easily.
Coached by the legendary Bembem Devi, ESU has been a force to reckon with in the tournament, finishing second in the group, albeit level on points with table toppers KHRYPSA.
It will not be an easy match, said Bembem Devi.
Rising Student Club are a very talented team and we will have to be on our toes through the entire match if we want to win. Focus and concentration is the key.
Skipper Prameshwori Devi feels that, If we score an early goal it will be easy for us to play against them (Rising Student Club) because they are very quick on the counters and on the wings.
The kick-off is slated at 4PM IST