Don Bosco (Matunga) beat St Stanislaus (Bandra) 2-0 in the final of the U-14 Mumbai Schools Sports Association’s St Andrew’s Challenge inter-school hockey tournament at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium, Churchgate yesterday.
Ronaldo Gabriel opened the scoring for the Matunga school in the 11th minute, after which Sahil Vats scored the second goal in the 15th minute. The Bandra team tried desperately to make inroads, but was unable to match up to the Matunga team.
St Stanislaus’s Troyston Fernandes came close to scoring a field goal in the second half, but Bosco’s goalkeeper Ethan D’Cruz kept him at bay.
Bosco displayed a better brand of hockey especially with their midfield play. Bosco defenders Jonathan D’Souza and Peter Nadar ensured that the opponent strikers did not come close to the striking circle.
“We lost to Children’s Academy (Malad) in the final last year. “This year’s win is even more special as we beat our arch-rivals St Stanislaus. It is good to get back to winning ways,” said 13-year-old Sahil, who scored six goals in the tournament.
Don Bosco coach Javed Sayed said, “There has always been a rivalry between the two teams. But we love to play against Stanislaus as both the teams play in a similar fashion. I am glad we beat them convincingly to win the title.”
Meanwhile, in the third-place match, Guru Nanak (Sion) defeated St Anne’s (Malad) 2-1 via tiebreaker.