Eight-man Don Bosco (Matunga) defeated Cathedral and John Connon School (Fort) 1-0 in the U-15 Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy inter-school final at Azad Maidan on Saturday.
John Connon's Shreyas Singhavi (left) tries to block a shot by
Don Bosco's Neville D'Cunha during Saturday's Mir Iqbal Hussain
Trophy U-15 final at Azad Maidan. PIC/Suresh KK
Rithvik Punja, Aayush Shetty, Milando Naicker, Vikrant Belwalkar, Janam Mehta, Pierre Noronha, Neville D'Cunha and Quinton Britto were the heroes as Britto's stunning first half strike decided the game in favour of the Matunga outfit.
Half of Bosco's 16-man squad including goalkeeper Mahir Singh were unavailable for selection as the boys were out of town participating in Subroto Cup and other tournaments.
Midfielder Ritwick stood in goal but was rarely troubled. Despite the disadvantage Bosco fought bravely, got the goal, defended till the death and earned a memorable victory.
"We didn't have eight of our main players as they are in Delhi. It's not a joke to play with eight players and hats off to them," said Bosco coach Leslie Machado.