Riding on a strike by Drihsya Khanna,Jamnabai Narsee High School edged out Bombay Scottish High School 1-0 in the boys under-16 division one match of the Mumbai School Sports Association inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan on Tuesday.
Battling the challenging,mushy ground conditions owing to the unrelenting rains,both teams,who have a rich history in the tournament,struggled to establish a foothold in the match. In fact,the conditions proved to be tough for all the teams,evident in the low scorelines in all the matches played on Tuesday.
Khanna’s effort assured Jamnabai off three points,after being held to a draw in the previous match by St Lawrence High School,Borivali. St Lawrence,however,slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of St Stanislaus High School. Ryan D’Souza scored the winning goal for the Bandra-based school.
St Francis D’Assisi,meanwhile,beat St Lawrence High School 2-1 in a keenly contested tie,which could have finished in favour of either sides. Both teams showed a lot of aggression and intent,creating nice moves and making the goalkeeper work on several occassions. Brendon D’Souza and Denney John scored a goal each for D’Assisi whereas Nehal Shetty scored the consolation goal for the Kandivali-based side.
St Anne’s High School,Malad,battled past St Dominic Savio High School,Andheri 2-1. Kirk Alvares and Rouen Novas scored for St Anne’s whereas Nabeel Shaikh was on target for St Dominic Savio. In another division one match,Christ Church High School,Byculla,defeated Campion High School,Cooperage,by a solitary goal. Ancel Andrews scored the only goal of the match for Christ Church.
In the final match of the day,heavyweights Don Bosco High School were held to a goalless draw by St Mary’s SSC,Mazagaon.
In the boys under-16 division 3 category,GD Somani High School beat Arya Vidyamandir 2-0 with a brace from Yuvraj Solanki. Two matches,between VD Gardi and Don Bosco ‘B’ and Our Lady of Health and RN Podar,were abandoned due to rain.
At MSSA Ground,Azad Maidan
B-16-I: Jamnabai Narsee 1 (Drihsya Khanna) bt Bombay Scottish 0
B-16-I: St Francis DAssisi 2 (Brendon DSouza,Denney John) beat St. Lawrence (Kandivali) 1 (Shetty Nehal)
B-16-I: St Annes 2 (Kirk Alvares,Rouen Novas) bt St Dominic Savio (Andheri) 1 (Nabeel Shaikh)
B-16-I: St Stanislaus 1 (Ryan
DSouza) bt St Lawrence (Borivali) 0
B-16-I: Christ Church 1 (Ancel Andrews) bt Campion School 0
B-16-I: Don Bosco 0 drew with St Marys SSC Mazagaon 0
At St. Xaviers Ground,Parel
B-16-III: GD Somani (Cuffe Parade) 2 (Yuvraj Solanki 2) bt Arya Vidyamandir (Bandra West) 0
B-16-III: Smt VD Gardi (Mulund) and Don Bosco B (Matunga) match abandoned due to rain
B-16-III-H: Our Lady of Health (Sahar) and RN Podar (Santacruz) match abandoned due to rain.