BENGALURU: In what can be described as a nail-biting final, Gokulam Kerala were crowned champions of the 4th Hero Indian Women’s League (IWL) after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Kangchup Road Young Physical and Sports Association (KRYPHSA) FC at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Friday.
Gokulam Kerala raced to a 2-0 lead through early goals from Prameshwori Devi and Kamala Devi but Dangmei Grace pulled one back for Kryphsa to reduce the deficit before half-time. Ratanbala Devi levelled the scores in the second-half to set her team on course for what would have been a phenomenal comeback. However, it was Sabitra Bhandari who rewrote the headlines by striking a late winner for Gokulam.
The award-winners at the presentation ceremony were as follows:
Champions: Gokulam Kerala FC (Prize of Rs 1,000,000)
Runners-up: Kangchup Road Young Physical and Sports Association (KRYPHSA) FC (Prize of Rs 500,000)
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Ratanbala Devi of KRYPHSA FC (Prize of Rs 125,000)
Highest scorer: Sabitra Bhandari of Gokulam Kerala FC (Prize of Rs 100,000)
Best Goalkeeper: Linthoigambi Devi of KRYPHSA FC (Prize of Rs 100,000)
Emerging Player of the Tournament: Manisha of Gokulam Kerala FC (Prize of Rs 75,000)