Fourth MSSA title in a row for Don Bosco

Sep 11, 2012, 10:37 IST | Sundari Iyer

Don Bosco (Matunga) won their fourth straight Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) U-16 Division I title defeating arch-rivals St Stanislaus (Bandra) at Azad Maidan yesterday

It was an evenly poised match with the lone goal coming at the stroke of 45th minute when Quentin Britto’s right-footer, which was going outside, went in following a deflection from Stanislaus’ Dermot Gracious. 

However, title aspirants Campion (Cooperage) had to be content with the second-place finish for the second time after they drew 2-2 with Bombay Scottish (Mahim). Like last season, Bosco and Campion were on par with 25 points, but Bosco won on better goal difference.

Champions: Don Bosco Matunga footballers celebrate after winning the MSSA title yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK

Campion showed a lot of courage by leveling the score after trailing 0-2. Scottish’s Jaish Patwa scored a brace while Shlok Jain (39), Aryan Sood (49pen) restored parity for Campion. Shlok was given the marching orders in the dying moments when he tried to deflect the ball with his hand.

The title win surprised Don Bosco coach Leslie Machado. “

Campions were the clear favourites to lift the title this year and we just had an outside chance. But Bombay Scottish turned the tables by holding Campion,” said Machado.

B-16-I: St Francis D’Assisi (Borivali) 2 (Danny John, Shawn Barboza) drew with St Dominic Savio (Andheri) 2 (Sherwin Quadros, Peter Robbert); St Lawrence (Borivali) 1 (Ryan Rodrigues) bt St Joseph (Wadala) 0; Campion School (Cooperage) 2 (Shlok Jain, Aryan Sood) drew with Bombay Scottish School (Mahim) 2 (Jaish Patwa 2); Don Bosco High School (Matunga) (Quentin Britto) 1 bt St Stanislus High School (Bandra) 0. 

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