Don Bosco (Matunga) coach Leslie Machado’s decision to play 13-year-old Marc D’Souza in the U-16 category seems to have worked well for him. For yesterday, Marc scored the only goal in Don Bosco’s 1-0 win over St Augustine High School (Nerul) to lift the J C Maitra & J C Bhattacharjee Memorial boys’ U-16 Cup, organised by the Bengal Club Sports Academy at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Striker Marc scored the solitary goal in the third minute with a brilliant right-foot effort. Even Marc is unfazed and happy with his coach’s decision to play him in a higher age category.
“It doesn’t matter if I play in U-14 or U-16 category. All I want is to give my best. What matters to me is that I perform to the best of my abilities. Leslie Sir has immense confidence in me and I feel that I should live up to his expectations,” said Marc.
Meanwhile, Machado is positive about his move to a higher age group. “It is because of his talent that I fielded his name in the U-16 team. Though he is an U-14 player, he has immense potential. Today, he made me proud by playing fearlessly. It’s time that we start preparing him for higher age group matches,” Machado told MiD DAY.
Meanwhile, St Augustine won the Swami Vivekananda & Sister Nivedita Football Tournament for Girls. In Pradeep Vijayakar & S K Shyam memorial trophy, Veterans Internationals, lead by former Indian keeper Yusuf Ansari, defeated the journalists & coaches team by a solitary goal.