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SJD Areal crowned champs

Curtorim: Sao Jose de Areal defeated St Anthony’s SC, Assolda 4-1 via tie-breaker to lift the 31st Curtorim Panchayat Cup 2020, at DSYA ground in Curtorim on Sunday.

In an exciting final, both the teams played an attacking football and finished 1-1 in regulation time. Assolda went into the lead in the 14th minute through Benson Fernandes after receiving a neat pass from Louie Noronha. Areal could have equalised but Assolda keeper Jackson Vaz saved a shot by Areal Larryl Mascarehas in the 25th minute.

In the second half, Areal equalised through Larryl Mascarenhas in the 45th minute to make it 1-1. Both the teams tried their best but were not able to score more until the final whistle.

In the tie-breaker, Areal proved to be better shooters as Monty Valadares, Aggio Antao and Fredrick Endro scored, while for Assolda nobody could score any further goal.

Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginald Lourenco was the chief guest and distribute the prizes in the presence of Curtorim ZP Moreno Rebello and Curtorim church parish priest Fr Joseph Salema were the guests of honour.

Curtorim sarpanch Rui Menezes presided over the function.

Following individual prizes were handed to: Best Goalkeeper – Joseph Monteiro (Areal); Best Defender – Cruz Gomes (Assolda); Best Half – Larryl Mascarenhas (Areal), Best Striker – Benson Fernandes (Assolda), Man of the Match – Louie Noronha (Assolda).

Men of the tournament – Hilton Fernandes (Pax of Nagoa) and Johnson Bhagat (Curtorim Gymkhana).

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