Betalbatim: A brilliant strike by attacking medio Danston Fernandes, three minutes from the final whistle, enabled Navelim Villagers Union to register a solitary goal win against Rossman Cruz SC, Nagoa-Verna and emerge as champions of Late Joao Francisco & Luiza Pacheco Football Cup tournament, played at panchayat grounds, Betalbatim on Sunday.
The all important goal that proved to be the match winner helping Navelim Villagers Union to lift the late Joao Francisco & Luiza Pacheco Cup inter-village football tournament came off following a nice build up from the left flank which saw striker Travis sending a goal mouth cross to onrushing Danston who lost no time to beat the Rosssman keeper Preston Rego.
As a matter of fact, the match for a good period of time belonged to Rossman Cruz, whose strikers tried to beat the Navelim keeper Selvin Gomes time and often, but the youngster stood bravely under the bar, bringing in five spectacular saves in the first session and three more in the second half from close range. Eventually, Navelim he deservedly won the best goalkeeper award of the final.
Navelim, who initially appeared to be impressive faded away as the match progressed, allowing Rossman Cruz to dictate terms.
Navelim defence began to crack under pressure very often and it was their goalkeeper Selvin who rescued the team from crumbling under intense onslaught of raids by proving to be a safe pair of hands.
Navelim’s defender Fr Americo was another player in the team who remained impressive by sending the ball away to safety when Rossman Cruz strikers circled around in their box to find the mark.
Navelim, besides taking away the winner’s cup, won a cash amount of Rs 50,000 while the runners up had to be satisfied with Rs 40,000 and a cup.
Chief guest, Advocate Radharao Gracias gave away the prizes along with the guest of honour Dr Jorson Fernandes and Viola Pacheco who presided over the function. The tournament was entirely sponsored by former minister Miccky Pacheco who was richly praised by the organisers of this tournament by local sarpanch Constancio Miranda.
The following won the individual prizes: Best goalkeeper of the finals – Selvin Gomes (Navelim Villagers Union), Best defender of the finals – Vijal Rego (Rossman Cruz SC), Best striker – Christo D’Mello (Rossman Cruz SC), Man–of-the-match – Aulon Gomes (Navelim Villagers Union), First scorer of the final – Danston Fernandes (Navelim Villagers Union), Best Disciplined team – Don Bosco Oratory,Fatorda and a special award of being a good fan of intervillage tournament – Bletty of Navelim Villagers Union.
The tournament was witnessed by a large festive crowd from the village as well as the surrounding areas.