Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School,Sector 26 overpowered Carmel Convent,Sector 9 by 2-1 in a thrilling final of the Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Championship for Dr. Kamesh Bhargava Memorial Trophy at St. Stephens School ground in Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Playing to their potential,both teams dished out good soccer and showed tremendous fighting spirit during the encounter . The Sacred Heart girls team had three international players Saumiya,Ivy Raina and Anika in their line-up . Similarly ,Carmel team had two international players Sharika Kaul and Jaspreet Kaurn their ranks. It maybe recalled that these girls had represented Indian teams in AFC tournaments at sub junior and junior level.
The Carmel Convent girls were first to make an attack from the kick off but failed at the crucial moment. The ball was moving from one side to other as both wanted to take lead as early as possible. The Carmel girls were in attacking mode but failed to break the tight defence manned by stopper Hasrat Sandhu of Sacred Heart team till first 20 minutes .
However, the Carmel players were awarded direct kick from top of the dangerous area. International Sharika Kaul took a powerful shot which went into the goal beating the rival goalkeeper completely and scored first goal for her team in the 21st minute. Stung by this reverse Sacred Heart girls tried hard to equalize but failed. Carmel were leading by 1-0 goal in first half .
After the lemon break,Sacred Heart girls played a coordinated game. International Saumiya dribbled past two defenders and gave a through pass to Anika whose shot beat the Carmel goalkeeper and thus equalized the score for Sacred Heart in the 34th minute.
Elevated by this goal Sacred Heart girls were again on the attack. After a brief rain break,Sacred Heart girls scored their second goal in 44th minute when their speedy left winger Ivy Raina took a powerful shot and scored a goal that helped her team win the match.