Ranson rescues St Paul's in inter-school football

St Paul’s (Dadar) defender-turned-goalkeeper Ranson Patel helped his team win their U-14 Div III first playoff tie against ANZA (Byculla) 4-3 via a tie-breaker in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association’s (MSSA) inter-school football tournament held at Azad Maidan yesterday.

Leap of faith: St Paul’s Ranson Patel effects a save in the tie-breaker against ANZA (Byculla) during their MSSA U-14 Div III encounter at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/atul kamble 

 After both teams were tied 1-1 at the final whistle, Ranson (13) was on target in the tie-breaker even as he doubled up as a goalkeeper in place of Shubham Yedekar, who injured himself while saving an ANZA player’s effort.

Earlier, St Paul’s striker Sahil Hate opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the match after receiving a pass from Ranson. Just when the Dadar outfit felt they were through, ANZA’s striker Kamran Ansari equalised in the dying moments of the match off a right-footed volley.

In the tie-breaker, Shivam Patkar, Ranson and Alistar Pereira were on target for St Paul’s, while Anas Ansari and Kamran Ansari found the net for ANZA. 

Ranson dedicated the win to his late father, Simon, who passed away in 2006. “If my father was here he would have been proud of my performance today. He was my first coach. It was because of him I started playing football.” said Ranson, who wants to fulfil his father’s dream of playing for the country. “I want to grow up and fulfil his dream of playing for India,” he said. 

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