DHAKA, April 22, 2019 (BSS)-Bangladesh made a high flying start in the Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football, securing a 2-0 goal win over United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening match at Bangabandhu National Stadium here today.
Striker Sirat Jahan Shopna and Krishna Rani Sarkar netted one each for the hosts as they displayed a superb football, much to the delight of the home fans.
The hosts got the first success in the 12th minute when Shopna found the net from an Akhi Khatun pass (1-0). Bangladesh kept the possession and doubled the margin in the 30th minute as Krishna Rani Sarkar sent the local fans in wild jubilation by a close range header from the goal mouth melee, utilising a corner of Monika Chakma (2-0).
Bangladesh dominated the possession in the second half too and created some good chances to increase the lead. However unfortunately all the attack went in vain as they were left satisfied with 2-0 win against the team whom they crushed by 7-0 goals in the AFC U-16 Women’s Qualifiers in September last year at the same venue.
Earlier, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal formally inaugurated the 12-day meet. Bangladesh Football Federation and K-Sports are jointly organising Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 to celebrate Fazilatunnesa Mujib’s life and ideals.
Bangladesh will now play against Kyrgyzstan on Friday (April 26) in their remaining group B match.
Tajikistan will take on Mongolia in their Group A opener on Tuesday at the same venue. The match will kick off at 6pm (BST).
Bangladesh Squad: Rupna Chakma, Shamsunnahar, Sheuli Azim, Misrat Jahan Mousumi (C), Akhi Khatun, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Sanjida Akter, Sirat Jahan Shopna/Sajeda Khatun (80′), Krishna Rani Sarker, Nargis Khatun.
UAE Squad: Aya Walid Atiq Malalla, Fatema Ghulam Almarzooqi, Shahd Khaled Alzarkan, Fatima Ali Habib Alnoobi/Fatima Jassem Alhosani (54′), Rawan Abdulla Alhammadi, Alanoud Khaled Alzarkan (C), Eida Jamal/Reem Saad Almahri (69′), Salama Mohammad Binfahad, Sara Sameeh Alblooshi, Najla Essa Ali Aljasmi, Sendya Gharib Almazrouei.