Matunga lads thrash Scottish 4-1 to win MSSA's inaugural U-8 tourney
Riding on a brace from captain Yohaan Panjuani and Prithvi Padwal, Don Bosco High School 'A' (Matunga) defeated Bombay Scottish School 'A' (Mahim) 4-1 to clinch the inaugural Mumbai Schools Sports Association-Mumbai (MSSA) Indians-Mumbai City FC 5-a-side U-8 football title at Lower Parel yesterday.
The Don Bosco (Matunga) team pose with the winners trophy after clinching the inaugural MSSA boys' 5-a-side U-8 DIv-I football final at Lower Parel yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Bosco dominated the first half as Prithvi ran riot scoring two goals. Yohaan made it 3-0 with a clinical finish. The duo could have added more goals to Bosco's tally had it not been for some excellent glove-work from Bombay Scottish goalkeeper Reyansh Vora, who made four good saves to keep his team in the hunt.
In the second half, Scottish made their intentions clear as they struck back immediately. Shauryajit Singh scored from a distance but that turned out to be Scottish's only goal of the finall.
As the game progressed, Yohaan wrapped up the proceedings by scoring his second goal of the match as Bosco eased to victory.
Yohaan and Prithvi finished the tournament as the leading scorers for Don Bosco with 13 and 12 goals respectively. "Both Yohaan and Prithvi put up a disciplined performance. It was good to see that they did not compete with each other for goals and played as a team," Leslie Machado, coach of Don Bosco told mid-day.
Meanwhile, in the Division II final, Christ Church School 'A' (Byculla) beat Balmohan Vidya Mandir 'A' (English) (Dadar) 5-3 via the tie-breaker. The match went into penalties as the score at the end of regulation time was 1-1.