Auxilium Convent High School, Benaulim overcame The King’s School, Sao Jose de Areal via tie-breaker, while St Joseph’s High School, Aquem and St Alex Higher Secondary School, Curtorim registered wins in their respective matches to move into the next round of Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football Tournament for boys under-17 (Salcete taluka), at artificial turf grounds, Fatorda-Margao on Friday.
In day’s first match, Auxilium HS defeated The Kings’s School, Sao Jose de Areal 3-2 via tie-breaker. The closely contested match saw both the teams vie for supremacy, as they kept the ball low for most part of the play and also displayed some nice short passes, which were pleasing to the eyes of the paltry spectators that came to watch the proceedings.
Auxilium HS’s Declan Goes, Feivel Estibeiro and Cayden Fernandes worked in unison and looked impressive for most part of the play. The King’s School, who gave a good fight, also had their share of exchanges as the team resorted to quick moves, playing the ball on both the flanks to try and outwit the rival defence which however stood its ground firm.
The King’s School keeper Aniket Gaikwad gave a good account of himself under the bar by making some spectacular saves.
In the ensuing tie-breaker, Austin D’Silva, Azan Mulla and Shavan Rodrigues were on target for Auxilium HS, while only Shebaz Khan and Zachary Costa could be on target for The Kings School.
In the second match, St Joseph’s HS registered a 4-3 win against Fr Agnel Multipurpose HS, Verna via tie-breaker after playing out a goalless draw in the regulation time. In the tie-breaker, St Joseph’s HS scored through Adrian Gomes, Wedly Barreto, Shavin Noronha and Bryan Pinto, while for Fr Agnel HSS Shail Imandar, Keegan Dias and Meliston Carvalho could be on target.
In the last match of the day, St Alex HSS, Curtorim snatched a solitary goal win against a spirited Bethany Convent HS, Sao Jose de Areal. The all-important goal for St Alex HSS came off in the 13th minute when attacking medio Kevan Kanolkar bulged the nets after drawing out the rival keeper with an angular effort.