Sam comes to St Stanislaus' rescue

Jul 24, 2013, 00:56 IST | Sundari Iyer

Heavy downpour played spoilsport during the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) Div I U-16 inter-school matches at Azad Maidan yesterday even as former champions St Stanislaus, Bandra, were held to a 1-1 draw by St Dominic Savio, Andheri.

The Andheri school took the lead in the first half through Lloyd D’Souza. Stanislaus drew parity in the second half when Sam Fernandes scored.

St. Stanislaus and St. Dominic Savio
Action from the MSSA U-16 match between St. Stanislaus and St. Dominic Savio at Azad Maidan yesterday. PIC/Atul Kamble

Both teams felt that the heavy downpour prevented them from playing their natural game.  “Due to heavy rains, we were unable to pass the ball accurately.

Dominic Savio is a good team, but had I not got the opportunity to score in the second half, it would have been a huge disappointment for us.

“We wanted to start the season with a win but the rains hampered the match,” Sam said.

Dominic Savio coach, Rajesh Chandra, added, “There was water logging in some parts of the pitch due to heavy rains. But the ground wasn’t bad. But as it kept raining the players ran out of stamina. They played well in the first half but were tired in the second.”

Meanwhile, Llyod said that it was disappointing for them to draw the game, which was almost in the bag.

“It is very frustrating. We were unable to hold on to the 1-0 lead. It has happened in our previous games as well. We defeated Stanislaus last year. But today we weren’t lucky,” Llyod told MiD DAY.

Other results:
U-16-I: Bombay Scottish (Mahim) 2 (Jash Patwa 2) bt St. Lawrence (Borivali) 0; Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) 1 (Rahil Parekh 1) bt St. Mary’s SSC (Mazagaon) 0.

U-16-II: Hiranandani Foundation (Powai) 2 (Vikram Deb 1, Sohan Kulkarni 1) bt Swami Vivekanand (Borivali) 0; Utpal Sanghvi School (Juhu) failed to turn up for their match against St. Anthony (Vakola). 

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