Reigning champions Bashundhara Kings came close to retaining their Women’s Football League title after outplaying their nearer opponents Ataur Rahman Bhuyan College Sporting Club by 3-0 goals in the second leg match of the ongoing league at the Birshrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Tuesday.
Kings earlier beat ARB CSC by 1-0 goal in the first-leg match. With the day’s victory, the holders earned a total of 33 points from 11 consecutive wins while ARB CSC remained second of 27 points from 9 wins and 2 defeats.To secure the title, the leaders have to earn at least 4 points from their three remaining matches against fourth-placed Cumilla United on July 15, fifth-placed Jamalpur Kacharipara Akadas on July 17 and sixth-placed Nasrin Sports Academy on July 19.
Kings’ captain Sabina Khatun reached a 50-goal milestone for Kings in two seasons as she netted twice in the 22nd and 30th minutes.
The 27-year-old striker, who earlier touched a milestone of 100-goal in the women’s domestic league last month, scored 25 goals for Sheikh Jamal DC Ltd in 2011, 28 goals for Dhaka Mohammedan SC Ltd in 2013, 35 and 15 for Kings in 2020 and in the ongoing season.
Tohura Khatun added the third goal in the 90th minute for the team.
A total of three matches were held on the first day after the lockdown break. The league was temporarily suspended due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown last June. The lockdown will be eased on Thursday but the Bangladesh Football Federation suddenly started the league with special permission from the sports ministry.
Besides, Brahmanbaria beat Cumilla United by a 1-0 goal. Shipra Rani netted a suicidal goal in the 45th minute.Brahmanbaria earned 18 points from 5 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats while Cumilla remained with their previous credit of 15 points from 4 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats.
In the day’s other match, Nasrin Sports Academy crushed Saddapuskuruni Jubo Sporting Club by 5-3 goals riding on Shita Rani Chandro’s hat-trick.
Shita completed her hat-trick scoring three goals in the 29th, 50th and 72nd minutes. Shopna Akter and Airin scored one each in the 79th and 89th minutes.
Tonnima Bishash, Nasrin Akhter and Joynob Bibi Rita scored one each for Saddapuskuruni in the 8th, 27th and 58th minutes.
Nasrin earned 16 points from 5 wins, one draw and 5 defeats while Saddapuskuruni remained with their previous credit of 3 points from one win and 10 defeats.