Vishrut grabs the winner for Thakur Public

Aug 01, 2018, 08:00 IST | Gordon D'Costa

Striker scores his first MSSA goal to help Kandivli outfit beat Balmohan 1-0 in U-16 Div III league encounter

Vishrut grabs the winner for Thakur Public
Thakur Public School's Arpit Samantara (right) tries to dribble past Balmohan English's Vikrant Salunke during their MSSA U-16 Division III match at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Striker Vishrut Ruhal was over the moon after scoring the lone goal which paved the way for Thakur Public School (Kandivli) to register a 1-0 win against Balmohan English (Dadar) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA)-organised boys' U-16 Div III inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday.

Vishrut, 15, latched on to Vignesh Thakkur's long forward pass and advanced deep into the rival territory before beating Balmohan goalkeeper Rudraksha Ghanekar with a perfect placement in the 23rd minute."This is my first goal in MSSA football tournaments. I have been playing for the school from the under-14 age group but had never scored before. I'm relieved as this is some achievement for me and I'm happier because the goal helped my team win. I hope I can now keep scoring to ensure the success of our team," Vishrut a Gareth Bale fan, told mid-day after the game.

Thakur Public School's Vishrut Ruhal is all smiles after his team's win yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Thakur Public School's Vishrut Ruhal is all smiles after his team's win yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Earlier in the day, Bombay Scottish (Mahim) struck at the death to put it across Gokuldham (Goregaon) by an identical 1-0 margin. The Mahim boys called the shots in the first period, but without success. In the second period, the Goregaon lads called the shots and mounted a series of raids on the Scottish goal. But, against the run of play, Bombay Scottish striker Tamish Kathuria managed to score the decisive winner two minutes from the final whistle to seal a close win for his team.

Other results:
Thakur Vidyamandir, Kandivali 1 (Gaurav Ghelawat) drew with St Xavier's, Vile Parle 1 (Omar Siddiqui); St Paul's, Dadar 2 (Soham Anekar 2) beat Colaba Muncipal School, Colaba 0; Our Lady Of Health, Sahar 1 (Sumit Rajbhar) beat Vibgyor, Goregaon 0.

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