IWL 2023-24: Kickstart FC earn a fighting point against defending champions Gokulam FC

Read about the intense face-off between IWL 2023-24 defending champions Gokulam FC and Kickstart FC, resulting in a hard-earned 0-0 draw.

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IWL 2023-24: Kickstart FC earn a fighting point against defending champions Gokulam FC

Gokulam Kerala's Soumya Guguloth fighting for a ball against Wangkhem Linthoingambi Devi of Kickstart FC in IWL 2023-24 Image | AIFF

In a hard-fought encounter on January 12, 2024, between the reigning champions Gokulam Kerala FC and Kickstart FC, currently placed second and third in the IWL 2023-24, the match at EMS Corporation Stadium concluded with a 0-0 draw.

Gokulam, standing at second place with 10 points from four matches, faced a tough battle against Kickstart in the third position with eight points from five matches.

Gokulam Kerala's Anju Tamang shooting a volley in the game against Kickstart FC in IWL 2023-24.  Image - AIFF
Gokulam Kerala's Anju Tamang shooting a volley in the game against Kickstart FC in IWL 2023-24. Image - AIFF

Despite dominating possession in the midfield, Gokulam struggled in the final third, missing several golden opportunities to score. The first half saw Gokulam's intense start, with Fazlia Ikwaput missing a chance in the 8th minute and hitting the post in the 16th minute.

Also Read: IWL 2023-24: Gokulam Kerala thrash Sports Odisha by 8-0; Soumya, Anju and Fazila with braces

Gokulam Kerala's Soumya Guguloth fighting for a ball against Supriya Routray of Kickstart FC.  Image | AIFF
Gokulam Kerala's Soumya Guguloth fighting for a ball against Supriya Routray of Kickstart FC. Image | AIFF

Kickstart showcased commendable defending and threatened Gokulam's penalty area, especially with Karishma Purshottam Shirvoikar, the league's leading goal scorer. Payal Basude's save in the 30th minute denied Kickstart the lead.

The second half belonged to Kickstart, implementing counter-attacks effectively. Despite Gokulam maintaining ball possession, they failed to create clear opportunities in the second half.

Gokulam's inconsistent season, with only two wins in five matches, led to disappointment after their previous significant victory over Sports Odisha. On the other hand, Kickstart FC, content with the draw, secured the second position behind Odisha FC.

In summary, the clash showcased Gokulam's struggles in converting possession into goals, while Kickstart's solid defense and strategic counters earned them a valuable point in the IWL standings.

IWL 2023-24 Points table after the Gokulam Kerala vs Kickstart FC match

Team P W D L Pts
Odisha FC 4 4 0 0 12
Kickstart FC 4 3 1 0 10
Gokulam Kerala FC 5 2 2 1 8
SETHU FC 4 2 1 1 7
East Bengal FC 4 1 0 3 3
HOPS FC 4 1 0 3 3
Sports Odisha 5 0 0 5 0

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