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Ayush Pereira wins it for KC College

KC College (Churchgate) defended their District Sports Office (DSO) Mumbai city boys’ U-19 football title with a 3-0 win over Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) at Naigaon Police Ground, Dadar yesterday.

Players of KC College and The Cathedral
Players of KC College and The Cathedral & John Connon vie for the ball in the U-19 final. Pic/Suresh KK.

An inspiring performance under the bar from KC College custodian Ayush Pereira (16) saw him effect two saves in the tie-breaker after the keenly contested final ended 0-0 at regulation time.

Shawn Fernandes, Prathamesh Jadhav and Hussain Vahanvaty were on target for KC College in the shoot-out, while Arshad Mukadam, Vivan Malkani and Amaan Jaikishan missed for the Fort school.

KC College coach Zhoyeb Shaikh said, “It was a close match, as both teams were at the same level. Every player played his part to perfection. I am content today. I am glad we defended the title. Now we hope to continue the winning momentum at the DSO zonals to be held next month.

“Ayush was the man for us today. He kept calm under the bar. The match could have gone either way had he not effected those two brilliant saves,” Shaikh said.

U-19 final marred by sheets of paper strewn around
The Mumbai City DSO U-19 football final held at Naigaon Police Ground yesterday was marred by a few incidents of newspapers and other sheets flying about during the match.

The waste-paper had been left behind because of some official programme held at the same ground earlier in the day.¬†However, one of the coaches made light of the issue. “As the DSO-conducted tournaments help the kids in getting government certificates, we cannot mind such small issues. We know DSO could have easily cleaned the ground before the final. But we shouldn’t make it a big issue,” he said.

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