Gokulam Kerala hits Odisha Police 7-0

BENGALURU Gokulam Kerala recorded a resounding 7-0 victory over Odisha Police in the League of Indian Women ( I WILL DO IT ) football Here on Saturday.

The five-goal effort by Sabitra Bhandari made all the headlines, and Agbo Esperence and Grace Lalhauhnar also scored two late goals.

The two halves were quite contrasting in nature. While the first was heavily contested, the second was one-way traffic.

Bhandari opened the scoring in the seventh minute, with a volley from the edge of the box which left the keeper with no chance.

Odisha Police were still in the game going into half-time but the second half erupted like a volcano. Bhandari made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute after chasing down a loose clearance and heading it past the onrushing Odisha Police keeper Tikina Samal.

The Nepal international completed her hat-trick a minute later through a brilliant solo effort, passing three defenders and taking him home.

With the match ball in her bag, Bhandari wasn't done yet. She added her fourth in the 74th minute by converting a seemingly speculative cross and a fifth one by rounding off the keeper. There was a shout for offside, but the flag stayed down.

Bhandari was replaced by Agbo Esperence in the 86th minute, to a huge round of applause.

The substitute, who hails from Ivory Coast, made it 6-0 in the 90th minute, rounding off a wonderful solo effort. The seventh goal came from Grace Hauhnar in stoppage time as the match drew to a close.

The win consolidates Gokulam's position as Group B leaders with nine points in three games, while Odisha Police remained at fifth with three points.