Royceton Qualifying Round 2017 – Final Points Table. The four Pool Winners qualified for the Main Draw 2017.
The Qualifying Round 2017 came to an end today on the grounds of Phoenix English Medium School in Nehru Nagar where four Schools qualified to play the Main Draw 2017 – Benson High School, KLS High School, Good Shepherd Central School and G G Chitnis Eng Med School.
The first match at 1:00 PM was played between St. Xavier’s High School and Benson High School. St. Xavier’s got an opportunity to take the lead early on through a penalty awarded to them and Md Sami Kittur managed to place the ball neatly into the nets in the 4th minute. But Bensons fought back hard and through a penalty Maheer Ghori equalized the score in the 21st minute just before half time. During the second half, both teams played well creating opportunities either side, but both teams lacked finishing and the match ended in a draw 1 – 1. With this win, Benson’s qualified to enter the Main Draw 2017.
The second match at 2:00 PM was played by KLS High School and St. Mary’s High School. It began as a tight fight between both schools and for most of the first half neither schools scored until Aryan Gavali opened the score for KLS in the 25th minute. The second half saw St. Mary’s step up their game and were able to equalize the score through the fine efforts of the three forwards who played a very well co-ordinated game and helped Shreyan Kocheri score a goal in the 30th minute. Even though both schools tried to hard to score, the match ended in a draw 1 – 1. With this draw, both KLS and St. Mary’s had equal points and goal difference, and hence the Qualifier of Pool D had to be decided using the toss of a coin. KLS won the toss and were the second school to qualify to play the Main Draw 2017.
In the third match of the day at 3:00 PM, Good Shepherd Central School took on KLE International School. Both schools seems well matched and both schools fought hard to score, but no goals were scored in the first half. In the second half, Good Shepherd appeared to step up their game and played extremely well to score 3 goals in quick succession. Siramayya Belgundkar scored a goal in the 31st minute, followed by Rohan Salunkhe in the 36th minute and finally Sahil Kumar Singh in the 45th minute. With this win, Good Shepherd topped Pool B to enter the Main Draw 2017.
The fourth match at 4:00 PM was played between G G Chitnis High School and Shaikh Central School. The game began well for Chitnis as they were able to score three goals in quick succession in the first half. Samir Naik managed to score early in the 5th minute, followed by Vikran Nandudkar in the 7th minute and Sourabh Phadke in the 9th minute. The second half witnessed a very closely fought match as goals were very hard to come by but Sourabh Phadke was able to sneak one more goal in the 45th minute. Chitnis won the match 4 – 0 and with this win sealed thier spot as the fourth Qualifying school from Pool C in the Main Draw 2017.
Today, on July 29, 2017, the league phase of the Main Draw 2017 will begin with last year’s Royceton Champions, Islamiya, playing with Lovedale Central School at 1:00 PM, followed by Sarvodaya of Khanapur playing with Beynon Smith School at 2:00 PM, followed by Marthi Vidyaniketan playing against host, Phoenix Eng Med School, at 3:00 PM and finally Phoenix Public School playing against Sant Meera Eng Med School at 4:00 PM.