Haman: April 6 (IANS) Young Priyangka Devi scored a goal in the 30th minute as India’s senior women’s football team defeated Egypt by a solitary goal in the first friendly match at Prince Mohammed Stadium in Zarqa.
In a late night match on Tuesday, the first half began with the Indian side pressing hard to take the lead. Captain Ashalata Devi tried to gain an early lead in the 18th minute with her shot from distance, but Anju, holding on to the ball, squandered the opportunity.
A couple of minutes later, Manisha almost scored with Dalima’s pass from the right, but the ball was collected by the Egyptian goalkeeper.
Before the opposition could settle into the game, a sudden strike by Priyangka in the 30th minute gave India the lead. Dalima managed to pass the ball to Priyangka through Manisha’s brilliant cross from the left, and eventually the young midfielder found the back of the net.
The second half played out similarly with India creating more chances as head coach Thomas Dennerby made his first change on the restart, replacing striker Renu with Pyari Xaxa.
Ten minutes after the restart, Pyari came close to scoring in the 53rd minute when she finished off Manisha’s cross with an excellent run, but the shot was saved by the keeper.
A couple more substitutions followed as Sandhiya came on for Anju Tamang, and Soumya and Ratanbala came on for Grace and Priyangka Devi, respectively.
Egypt captain Engy Ahmed Sayed tried his luck at point-blank range before the hour mark, but Sowmiya was adamant to deny him. Hayam Abdellatif had the final effort for Egypt in the dying minutes, but his effort landed safely in Sowmiya’s gloves.
India XI: Sowmiya Narayanasamy (GK); Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi (C), Dangmei Grace (Soumya Guguloth 72′), Manisha (Mariyammal 90+2′), Renu (Pyari Xaxa 45′), Anju Tamang (Sandhiya 55′), Priyangka Devi (Ratanbala Devi 72′), Sanju, Martina Thokchom.