JN Petit Technical High School put out a commanding performance to clinch the Loyola Invitational football cup under-16 title. The tournament played at the football ground of the Loyola High School was organised by Loyola High School and Ex Loyola Alumni (ELAN).
In the clash of the heavyweights,the start of the match was a rather low-key affair with both teams content to keep possession and build moves. Both teams had a few chances,but both defences ensured that the strikers were restricted to hopeful long-range efforts which hardly troubled either goalkeeper.
The match sprung into life on the stroke of the half hour,Pranav Pardeshi,collected a sweeping pass from midfield and exhibited some nifty footwork before slamming the ball high into the net. The goal seemed to break the shackles and the JN Petit outfit pushed up with purpose. Their increased endeavour soon bore rewards as Rishikesh Sharmas powerful drive found the right corner of the net in the 34th minute. Eight minutes later,Mohammed Sayyed scored JN Petit Technical High Schools third goal,tapping in an accurate centre from the left wing. Pranav Bhandari pulled one back for St Vincents High School in the 58th minute but it served no purpose other than being a consolatory strike as a rampant JN Petit outfit claimed the title.
In the under-12 category,Loyola High School registered a comprehensive 3-1 victory over SSPMS (Boarding) to claim the title. Utsav Patni got Loyola High School off to a rollicking start when he opened the scoring in the second minute of the match. Immediately after,Loyola High School had a couple of close chances but the SSPMS (Boarding) goalkeeper was up to the task as he thwarted a couple of close-range efforts. Pranav Kale doubled Loyolas advantage in the 11th minute,neatly side-footing the ball past the advancing keeper. Barely a minute later,Suryatej Patil halved the deficit,scoring for SSPMS (Boarding). But,four minutes later,Kale put the tie to bed as he completed his brace with a rising shot from outside the box,which flew into the top-left corner of the net to send the Loyola High School students into raptures.
Kale won the highest goalscorer award for under-12 category with seven goals to his name through the entire tournament. In the under-16 category,Pranav Bhandari of St Vincents High School won the award courtesy his six goals.