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IWL 2019: Ratanbala Devi hits four inSethu FC's 9-0 destruction of SAI-STC Cuttack

Another day, another game, another win, another hero for SethuFC at the Indian Women's League (IWL) encounter as they stroll to 9-0 victory over SAI-STC Cuttack.

It's early, but so far the girls from Tamil Nadu have shown no obvious weaknesses as they kept their unbeaten start to the Indian Women's League(IWL) group stages going, thanks a 9-0 win against SAI-STC Cuttack.

A masterful performance from Seth FC saw them take control of Group II, thanks to a 9-0 win over SAI-STC Cuttack. Four goals from Ratanbala Devi,Sandhiya's brace and goal a piece from Grace, Indumathi and Sabitra sent the girls onto nine points after the opening three games, inching closer to the semifinal of the tournament.

Super start for Sethu FC

Amrutha Arvind made only one change to the side which beat Bangalore United FC 3-0 on Wednesday. Anita Basnet came in for Sabitra Bhandari.

If anyone, the first-half belonged to Ratanbala Devi.

Sethu FC opened the scoring with less than three on the clock. Ratanbala Devi swept home at the far post following a wonderfully clever ball from Dangmei Grace.

Sandhiya then doubled the lead a few moments later, heading a rebound after another brilliant cross from Grace which directed a header goalwards from a brilliant team play.

Two become three when Ratanbala grabbed her second goal of the game, after a magical footwork from Ashalata to go past the defenders and delivered an inch perfect cross to the No.7, who made no mistake to give us a 3-0 lead in the 28th minute.

Captain Indmathi rounded off the first-half, scoring burst with her first of the game, finishing well past SAI-STC Cuttack keeper from close range, after a beautiful cross delivered by Ratanbala.

Complete control

The second-half started in the same vein the first ended, although there wasno goal for Sethu FC in the first 20 minutes. Dangmei Grace, who was in a creative mood, scored a fine goal, after Radhika's cross.

With the game wearing down, Sethu FC continue to push toward goal andin return, Ratanbala wrapped up her hat-trick just after the 70 minutesmark before Sabitra grabbed her sixth goal of the tournament.

Few minutes later, Sandhiya completed her brace following Ratanbala'sbeautiful run saw the No.18 calmly finish off the move.

The goals were coming thick and fast for the girls in White and Blue, takingalmost every chance that came their way.

Ratanbala Devi, who has been a menace on the frontline, continued herexploits, as she finished off a move in the 89th minute to grab her fourth ofthe game and the game ended 9-0.

The determined performance against Sethu FC and the exuberant performances here show that the girls are fighting on all fronts with a rangeof virtues.

That meant our girls topped the group II on 9 points, next they are facing FC Kolhapur City on Friday.