ROYCETON GOMES MEMORIAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT- MAIN DRAW LEAGUE PHASE – DAY 3
The league phase of the Main Draw continued for the third day on 31st August 2017 on the grounds of Phoenix English Medium School in Nehru Nagar.
The first match at 1:00 PM was played between Islamiya High School and qualifier G G Chitnis School. Islamiya clearly appeared to be in better form and barely in the 2nd minute Adarsh Ganeshkar opened the score for Islamiya. Chitnis stepped up their defence for most of the first half but Kaif Shaikh of Islamiya managed to sneak another goal in the 20th minute. The score at half time was 2 – 0. In the second half, Chitnis continued to defend very well but they could not stop Mustafa Shaikh from scoring the third goal for Islamiya in the 50th minute. Islamiya won the match 3 – 0.
The second match at 2:00 PM was played between Sarvodaya Vidyalaya and qualifier Good Shepherd Central School. The game began by both schools playing very well attacking and defending each other. No goals were scored in the first half. The tough play continued in the second half and in the 32nd minute Sahil Kesarkar of Good Shepherd managed to open the score of the match. Even though Sarvodaya tried hard to equalize, Good Shepherd won the match 1 – 0.
The third match at 3:00 PM was played between Marathi Vidyaniketan and qualifier KLS High School. Both M V Niketan and KLS put up a good show of football and in the last few minutes of the first half, Somanath Pingat of M V Niketan got a lucky break and opened the score of the match. M V Niketan seemed to step up their game in the second half and in the 39th minute, Manish Patil was able to break the KLS defence and scored the second goal for M V Niketan. M V Niketan won the match 2 – 0.
The fourth match at 4:00 PM was played between Phoenix Public School and qualifier Benson High School. Phoenix Public began the match by treating the spectators to a very interesting game of football. Benson, too, defended very well not allowing Phoenix Public to score in the first half. No goals were scored in the first half. In the second half, Phoenix Public took the game to another level and rallied behind ace-striker Prashant Patil who scored hat-trick goals in the 26th, 32nd and 40th minutes who got huge cheers and applauses from the spectators. By this time, Bensons appeared to be a demoralized bunch and let Basavaprakash Kurabeti slip another goal into their nets in the 39th minute. Phoenix Public won the match 4 – 0.
Today, the league phase of the Main Draw 2017 will continue with Mahila Vidyalaya Mandal School playing with Lovedale Central School at 1:00 PM. The second match at 2:00 PM will be played by Bharatesh High School and Beynon Smith High School. The third match at 3:00 PM will be played by Dnyan Prabodhan Mandir High School and Phoenix Eng Med School. The fourth match at 4:00 PM will be played by St. Paul’s High School and Sant Meera High School.