MARGAO: Hosts Sao Jose de Areal SC emerged winners of the 31st Sao Jose de Areal Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament after beating Verna Sports Club 2-0 in the finals played at Padribhat grounds on Monday.
Striker Ronnie Monteiro provided the lead for Areal in the 20th minute of play off a nice cross from Francis Barreto. Five minutes later, Alleluia Fernandes scored a gem of a goal off a freekick to make the issue safe for Areal. Verna SC tried to make a comeback in the second session but the Areal keeper stood his ground well to thwart all the moves of the rivals.
Fr George Ratos, the assistant parish priest of St Joseph’s Church was the chief guest for the presentation programme while Mr Camilo Gonsavles was the guest of honour. Mr Julio Monteiro, Sao Jose de Areal sarpanch presided and also gave away the prizes along with the chief guest and the guest of honour.
Individual prizes: First scorer of the finals - Ronnie Monteiro (Sao Jose de Areal), Best defender - Alleluia Fernandes (Areal), Best forward of the finals - Richard Dias (Verna SC), Promising player of the tournament - Francisco Barreto (Areal), Best goalkeeper - Luis Dias (Areal). In all 16 teams participated in the tournament. NT