New Delhi, Jan 30: Rising Student's Club garnered a crucial 2-1 victory over Eastern Sporting Union today to go top of the table in the ongoing Indian Women's League (IWL) 2016-17 here today, January 30.
Eastern Sporting Union opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Radharani Devi found the back of the net.
Sasmita Malik scored in the 57th minute to draw parity in the scoreline and finally, Ashalata Devi converted a late penalty on 83 minutes to clinch three points.
Eastern Sporting Union came out all guns blazing and they didn't need more than eight minutes to get their noses in the front when defender Radharani Devi converted a long cross from the right flank.
Eastern Sporting girls headed towards the dressing room with a 1-0 lead at the break. After the changeover, both gaffers opted to tweak with their strategies.
Kashmina, the hat-trick girl from their first match was introduced at the expense of Pramashwori Devi on 46 minutes.
After seven minutes, Sasmita Malik, 2016 AIFF Women's Player of the Year, got the much-needed goal for her team to cancel out the opponent's early lead.
Suddenly the complexion of the match got changed as Rising Student's Club flooded the opposition box with a flurry of attacks, thanks to brilliant coordination between Pyari Xaxa and Sasmita Malik.
Breaking a brilliant counter attack, Pyarki outran the fellow defenders, but only to get clipped by an onrushing defender inside the 18-yard box.
The referee didn't think twice to award a penalty for the Odisha outfit and Ashalata Devi calmly placed the ball towards the left of the net seven minutes to the final whistle.
Kamala Devi and Premi Devi tried their heart out to find the equaliser towards the end of the match but Rising Student's Club defenders showed their defiance.