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MSSA U-12 hockey: Don Bosco 'B' display A-game to stun Stanislaus

Don Bosco, Matunga (B) pulled off an upset win when they beat reigning champions St Stanislaus 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) boys U-12 Olympian Walter D’Souza League at St Stanislaus Ground, Bandra, yesterday.

Don Bosco, Matunga ‘B’ players celebrate after beating  St Stanislaus ‘A’ in the semi-finals of the MSSA boys U-12 inter-school hockey tournament at St Stanislaus Ground, Bandra yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Don Bosco, Matunga ‘B’ players celebrate after beating  St Stanislaus ‘A’ in the semi-finals of the MSSA boys U-12 inter-school hockey tournament at St Stanislaus Ground, Bandra yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Both the teams battled tooth-and-nail in a hard-fought contest. The first half with scores levelled at 0-0.

After the breather, Stanislaus dominated early part of the half, but Don Bosco counter-attacked and as a result scored the decisive goal to break the deadlock.

Against the run of play, Bosco’s Pratej Lanjewar found himself with the ball just outside the opponents D-line. He dodged and dribbled his way past three defenders and calmly struck the ball in the back of the net. Thereafter, Stanislaus continued to fight back but failed to score the equalizer as Bosco boys emerged winners.

With this win, Bosco’s ‘B’ team set up title clash with their ‘A’ team, who beat St Theresa, Bandra 4-1.

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