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First loss for Sethu FC in IWL qualifying event

44   //    01 Dec 2017, 20:24 IST

Kolhapur, Dec 1 (PTI) Tamil Nadu's Sethu Football Club went down 0-5 to Indira Gandhi AS&E (Puducherry) for its first defeat in three matches in Qualifying Group A of the AIFF-Indian Women's League here today.

The Madurai-based club, the only team from Tamil Nadu in the premier women's competition, will meet Rising Student Club (Odisha)on December 3 in its final outing of the five-team all-play-all group.

With only the winners qualifying for the main draw, Sethu FC, Rising Student Club and Indira Gandhi AS&E are all in contention from Group A.

Sethu FC will not only have to win by a big margin, their chances will also rely on the outcome of Indira Gandhi AS&E's last match.

"It turned out to be a bad day for us," said coach Kalpana Dass.

"It's all part of the learning curve for the girls. The Pondy side opted to attack as a form of defence and we also missed a lot of scoring opportunities. I'm sure we will come back strongly in the last game," she added.

Indira Gandhi AS&E went up 4-0 at half-time through goals from R Sandhiya, Pradeepa, Nathiya and Nikhila as Sethu FC goalkeeper Rumpa Malik struggled and was replaced by Soumiya.

Pradeepa scored her second goal in the second half.

Sethu FC beat Baroda FA 16-0 and CM's XI J&K State Sports Council 2-0 in its previous matches

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