Highlanders confirm Group D top spot in NWFC 2021

Highlanders confirm Group D top spot in NWFC 2021

The 2021 National Women’s Football Championship saw Groups C and D conclude their games on Day 10 Wednesday, 24 March.

Group C matches in the morning saw FC Karachi thrash Young Rising Stars Layyah 3-1 at KPT Stadium, while Riaz Kamil FA held JAFA Soccer Academy to a 0-0 draw at KMC Stadium.

Group D saw Highlanders FC confirm top spot following a 14-0 win over MUK FC at KPT Stadium, while Mohsen Gilani WFC picked up another consolation win with a 4-1 score over Nawanshehr United at KMC Stadium.

FC Karachi took the lead through Alina Mirza before Saima Parveen equalised for YRS Layyah a few minutes later to wild cheers from the YRS bench. However, FCK’s Zoha Adnan scored twice in 2nd half to give her side the win to finish the group stage on 4 points in 3rd place, while YRS Layyah finished bottom in 5th with 1 point from 4 games.

Riaz Kamil FA finished 4th with 3 points after a 0-0 draw with JAFA Soccer Academy who finished 2nd on 7 points behind group winners Pakistan Army who won all 12 points in group stage by heavy margins. Both Army and JAFA reached the quarterfinals.

High-flying Highlanders confirmed themselves as Group D winners thanks to goals from Diana Baig, Farwa Haroon, Marvi Baig (3), Eiman Ansari, Fatima, Asmara Habib (2), Nizalia Siddiqui (3) and Fareeha (2) in their 14-0 over MUK FC. Highlanders finished with 12 points ahead of Diya WFC who got 2nd spot with 9 points. MUK FC finished bottom of group with 1 point.

Mohsen Gilani WFC finished 3rd with 6 points after easing past Abbottabad’s Nawanshehr United 4-1 thanks to goals from Arseesha Siddiqui (2), Ayesha Shafiq, and Sani-e-Zehra. Nawanshehr’s sole consolation goal by Muskan Kazmi just before half time brought massive cheers from the team as it was their first ever goal in the NWFC. Nawanshehr United also finished with 1 point but in 4th place ahead of MUK FC due to better goal difference.

Tomorrow, 25 March sees Group B finally conclude their rescheduled matches with Masha United and Karachi United battling it out for top spot, while Karachi WFC and HEC play in other game to conclude their group campaigns on a high.

All teams who did not qualify for quarterfinals will play in a first ever NWFC Development Stage.