Bangladesh U-16 women's football team won one, drew one and lost the other game in their three straight matches in the opening day of the J Green Sakai U-16 Women’s Football Festival in Osaka, Japan yesterday.
Each game was played for a duration of 40 minutes. The girls in red and green faced different teams involving football academies and professional clubs in Japan.
Bangladesh began the day with a goalless draw against a Japan Football Association-funded academy, AC Imabari, in the morning at Dream Camp in Sakai Academy. Bangladesh goalkeeper Mahmuda Akter made two fine saves during the game to end the tie with a clean sheet.
The visitors however, could have opened the scoring in the 19th minute when defender Shamsunnahar missed a penalty hitting the woodwork.
The Bengal girls conceded their first defeat in the Japan tour when they lost 2-0 against Cerezo Osaka Sakai girls' team in their second game in the afternoon. After a barren opening half of 20 minutes, they leaked two goals in the middle of the second half, including one from a free-kick. Cerezo are a Osaka-based professional women’s club who have several national Japanese players in their line-up.
Srimoti Krishna Rani Sarkar and Co ended the busy day on a positive note by winning their third match 2-1 against Naguya Ladies team. But it was anything but easy as they trailed 1-0 in the first half.
Bangladesh gave away an early goal with only five minutes into the clock before forward Sirat Jahan Shopna netted Bangladesh’s first goal of the tournament to equalise the margin in the 24th minute.
Shopna bagged her brace to seal victory in the 32nd minute after Krishna’s initial effort was blocked by the opponent custodian.
Bangladesh will play their fourth match today morning and are scheduled to return home a day later.