Islamabad, Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pak Wapda girls take the third position after disposing of Balochistan United girls 2-0 in the play-off match played here on Thursday at Pakistan Sports Board Jinnah Stadium of the 7th National Women Football Championship.
Wapda were quite unlucky, as they were far better side in the yesterdays semifinal against Diya Club, where they played exceptionally well and made some excellent moves, but to the great credit of Diya goalie all their efforts remained unsuccessful and they were beaten on plenty’s by Diya Club. Wapda girls putting their disappointment aside played like true champions against a lively Balochistan side, who go well beyond expectations of many pundits by reaching so far in the event, and they also played well on Thursday too.
Wapda started the match in fine style as they continue to press for an early goal, their efforts bore fruit in the 13th minute of the first half when their ace striker Mehwish provided them a much needed goal with her solo effort. Mehwish had played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and provided her side goals when they needed most, she once again step in to cool the nerves of Wapda players.
Mehwish was playing a sole striker and after missing a couple of good goal scoring chances she finally manages to put her side ahead through a neatly taken free kick from the edge of the circle after a foul was committed on her just outside the circle. Mehwish step forward to take the free kick and she never disappointed with her kick as the ball go past the diving Balochistan goalie in to the net. Wapda girls keep on pilling the pressure and in the 34th minute of the first half Rafia Parveen doubled their lead when she scored from a Mehwish pass. Despite getting two goals lead Wapda continues their onslaught on Balochistan goal with attack after attack but they didn’t succeed in further enhancing their lead till the end of the first half.
After the restart of the second half it was expected Wapda will make further inroads and score more goals, but to the surprise of many a resilient and rejuvenated Balochistan side hold on bravely a barrage of Wapda attacks. Despite launching several attacks on Balochistan goal Wapda girls remained unsuccessful o further enhance there lead and the match finished at 2-0 in favor of Pak Wapda.
Tomorrow will be the final of the championship between defending champions Young Rising Club and Diya Club at Jinnah Stadium. The final will start at 3:30 pm.