KOLKATA: Continuing their red-hot form India booked a spot in the final of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship as they routed hosts Bhutan 10-1 at Chalimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Friday.
Priyanka Sujeesh opened the scoring for the girls in blue jersey. Sai Sankhae scored a hat-trick in the second half while striker Lynda Kom Serto, Sumati Kumari and Kiran scored a brace each.
India stepped on the pedal from the word go as Amisha found some space on the right flank. She advanced into the area before squaring it to Priyanka, who placed it into the far bottom corner.
Bhutan got the equaliser almost immediately via a goalmouth melee through Sangay Wangmo but Kiran restored the lead in the 15th minute as she shook the net with a swerving shot into the top corner. Lynda finished off a fine move before Kiran and Sumati added two more as the India went into the tunnel with a 5-1 half-time lead.
The youngsters came out with the same vigour following the breather as Lynda scored her second goal of the game to make it half a dozen. After that, it was a Sai show as the substitute netted three goals in nine minutes to take India’s tally to nine before Sumati added the 10th five minutes from time.
With this win, India sealed their spot in the summit clash as they move on to six points. Earlier, Bangladesh beat Nepal 2-1 to book their place in the final. In their next inconsequential encounter, India will take on Bangladesh in the penultimate group-stage match on Sunday which will be a stage rehearsal of the final game.