Monthly Archives January 2019

Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai to play Nagpur in final

Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai to play Nagpur in final

21st January 2019, Palghar: Defending Champions Mumbai District registered a hard-fought 3-2 win over Kolhapur District to set up a date with Nagpur District in the WIFA Inter-District Sub-Junior Championship at Palghar. At one stage of the match, Kolhapur was 2-0 down but they fought back and never looked back until the final whistle as they fell just a goal short and bowed out of the Championship.

On Sunday, Nagpur had defeated Pune via penalty shootout when both the outfits were locked at 3-3 after the end of normal time. With Nagpur already fired up after their win against Pune, it would be quite a final when they face Mumbai District on Tuesday morning.

Mumbai District started off brilliantly when last season’s top-scorer Bhumika Mane broke the deadlock in the 6th-minute itself with a delicate chip over Kolhapur’s goalkeeper. Six minutes later, Mumbai doubled their lead through Mehek Lobo who was set up by Tanisha Laud’s pinpoint free-kick.

It seemed Mumbai District had already sealed the game but Kolhapur fought back in what turned out to be a classic semi-final encounter. Sanika Patil cut short the deficit for Kolhapur District but Mumbai restored the parity through Tanisha.

 

In the second half, a brilliant combination between Bhakti Birangaddi and Sanika Patil helped Kolhapur to get one goal back after a well-taken strike from Sanika. Kolhapur gave their best in the last stages of the game where they came close to level the score on several occasions but Mumbai’s defense and the goalkeeper stood firm to keep their one-goal lead intact.

Final:  Nagpur District vs Mumbai District – 22nd January 2019.

 

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Day 5 – Sub-Junior Girls: Nagpur defeats Pune in a thrilling semi-final

Day 5 – Sub-Junior Girls: Nagpur defeats Pune in a thrilling semi-final

20th January 2019, Palghar: As we are nearing towards the final stages of Sub-Junior Girls Championship, the competitiveness and intensity are heating up here at Palghar District.

Pune District and Nagpur District played out a mouth-watering semi-final clash where the latter triumphed in the penalty shootout, whereas, Kolhapur District and Mumbai District won their respective games to set up an anticipating semi-final encounter on Monday.

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Low key affair on Day 4 as Thane grab the spotlight

Low key affair on Day 4 as Thane grab the spotlight

On what was probably the lowest scoring day of the 2019 Wifa Inter-district Championship Sub-Junior Girls the three games only had 10 goals being scored among them

An anomaly given the goal-rush that happened during the first three days!

The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls is hosted by the Western India Football Association (WIFA) and Palghar FA. A clutch of teams from Maharashtra are vying for top-spot in what is essentially a knock-out format.

Thane’s 4-1 win against Beed was the highlight of the day. Excellent ball-distribution and team chemistry was Thane’s USP as they swept Beed aside. Early goals from Jhanvi Dhale and Vaishnavi Pokale seemed to have made it a no-contest. But Beed fought back after Sanchita Dinkar scored in the dying minutes of the first-half. Harshita Balakrishnan and Jhanvi Dhale struck late in the second-half to complete the formalities for Thane.

Thane – 4 (Jhanvi Dhale (2’, 49’), Vaishnavi Pokale (7’), Harshita Balakrishnan (41’) beat Beed – 1 (Sanchita Dinkar (23’))

The second game was ‘Battle of the Orange’ as Kolhapur downed a stubborn Ahmednagar. Though both teams battled it out physically still Kolhapur had the firepower to score thrice. Two goals from Samrudhi Katkole in either half coupled with Sanika Patil’s goal sealed the deal for Kolhapur. Two great saves from the custodian was the sole positive for Ahmednagar. It allowed them to not lose by a wider margin.

Kolhapur – 3 (Samrudhi Katkole (10’, 48’), Sanika Patil (46’) beat Ahmednagar – 0

Nashik dumped out Palghar with a superb team performance in the third and final game. Grishma Kothari was the star for Nashik as her two goals in either half gave them a 2-0 win. Nashik completely shut out Jenita Jaison and Arrchie D’souza to nullify Palghar’s attacking threat. Kothari’s first was a composed finish from the edge of the area while the second was a lob curled over the keeper into the net. Nashik defended well and scored when it mattered most to grab a deserving win.

Nashik – 2 (Grishma Kothari (21’, 33’) beat Palghar – 0

Though Day 4 was a low-key affair still we do hope to see loads of goals, solo efforts and glorious moments come Day 5 of the 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls.

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Day 3: Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Day 3: Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Pune juggernaut marches on while Raigad win hearts. 

Though Pune continued with their goal-scoring spree it was Raigad who won hearts on Day 3.

The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls is hosted by the Western India Football Association (WIFA) and Palghar FA. A clutch of teams from Maharashtra are vying for top-spot in what is essentially a knockout format.

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Day 2: Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Day 2: Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

It rained goals as Pune and Nagpur scored 17 between themselves to enthrall fans at the PDTSA Ground on Thursday. The 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls is hosted by the Western India Football Association (WIFA). A clutch of teams from Maharashtra is vying for top spot in what is essentially a knockout format.

Day 2 of the tournament bested the opening day in terms of the number of goals scored by the winners and losers. Nineteen goals were scored by the winners with the losers only scoring once. The opening day had a combined total of 12 goals by the winners and one from the losing side! Three games were played — the same as the opening day.

The second day (unlike the first) went without any glitches. The second game was the best as Pune obliterated Amravati 12-0. Urvi Salunkhe scored four goals. Amravati was pinned in their own half throughout the game. Salunkhe’s first and fourth goal – both curled past the keeper – was a joy to watch. Four of Pune’s goals came within the 12th and 16th minute.

Pune – 12 (Urvi Salunkhe (4), Radhika Puranik (2), Piyusha Narke (2), Zahra Unwala (1), Sapna Rajpure (1), Varda Kannal (1), Purva Gaikwad (1)) beat Amravati – 0

Buldana had a shocker as they went down 2-1 to Solapur in the first game. Despite not having the lion’s share of possession Solapur scored when it mattered most. Sakshi Hiwale scored off a second-half penalty for Buldana but by then it was too late. First-half goals from Diksha Ghodge and Saniya Khan ensured that Solapur had the game in the bag. Khan’s was the goal of the game as she lobbed over the keeper with her back to goal.

Solapur – 2 (Diksha Ghodge (1) and Saniya Khan (1) beat Buldana – 1 (Sakshi Hiwale (1))

The third game between Nagpur and Jalgaon witnessed a goal spree. Nagpur eased to a 5-0 win partly helped by an injury to Jalgaon’s regular goalkeeper Rucha Jagtap. Jalgaon was powerless to avoid defeat despite the best efforts of stand-in keeper Vaishnavi Koshti. Muskan Upadhyay and Sneha Vikey scored two goals each. Nagpur missed a penalty in the second half but then it was only a statistic.

Nagpur – 5 (Muskan Upadhyay (2), Sneha Vikey (2) and Anika Payasi (1) beat Jalgaon – 0

The team of the day: Pune
Player of the day: Urvi Salunkhe (Pune)

Stay tuned for Day 3 of the 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Girls where hopefully we would see more goals galore at Boisar on Friday.

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Day 1: Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Day 1: Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Game one: Ghusalkar stars as Buldana romp past Pusad

Buldana rode on Sakshi Ghusalkar’s hat trick to beat Pusad in the first game of the 2019 Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls at the PTDSA Ground, Boisar on Wednesday.

The game was a one-sided affair as Buldana was on the offensive from the start. Pusad, on the other hand, wilted in the heat. Goals from Roshani Bansod (20th minute) and Ghusalkar (24th minute) settled the game in the first half.

Ghusalkar scored a third in the 45th minute with a fine effort from the edge of the box. She completed her hattrick in the dying minutes of the game with a simple tap in. Ghusalkar was undoubtedly the player of the game as she tormented Pusad’s defenders with pinpoint passing and finishing.

Game Two: Jalgaon vs Aurangabad, Jalgaon won 6-1. Scorers: Jalgaon — Bula (6th minute), Neha Patil (13th minute), Shital Sahani (25th minute, 31st minute, 45th minute and 49th minute); Aurangabad — Jhanvi (28th minute). Player of the game: Shital Sahani. Game Three: Satara vs Dhule, Satara won 2-0. Scorers: Nazneen Sayyed (37th minute) and Snehal Ghadge (41st minute). Player of the game: Snehal Ghadge.

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AIFF ‘D’ License Course – 13th November to 18th November 2018 (Palghar) – Results

AIFF ‘D’ License Course – 13th November to 18th November 2018 (Palghar) – Results

The AIFF ‘D’ License results for 13th November to 18th November 2018 batch held at Palghar District, Maharashtra.

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Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship (Palghar) to kick start on 16th January

Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship (Palghar) to kick start on 16th January

The first Inter-District Football Championship, organized by Western India Football Association (WIFA), of the year, is all set to go underway in Palghar District from 16th January 2019. Last season, Jalgaon hosted the Sub-Junior Girls Championship where Mumbai District emerged as the Champions after defeating Pune District 4-0 in the final.

This year, the responsibility is handed over to Palghar District to conduct the Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship where a whopping 28 Districts are set to participate in what is a knockout format tournament.

Last year, Mumbai’s Sai Sankhe won the best defender award, Neha Gamare (Mumbai) won the best goalkeeper award, Bhumika Mane won the player of the tournament award and Pune’s Swara Pathak received the top scorer award. Meanwhile, the hosts, Jalgaon won the fair-play award.Draw- Sub-Junior Girls-Palghar

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Henry Menezes to Gulf News: “India should only aim for victory against Bahrain.”

Henry Menezes to Gulf News: “India should only aim for victory against Bahrain.”

Ahead of India’s do-or-die game against Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, WIFA CEO Henry Menezes gave an exclusive interview to Gulf News, where he spoke about India’s Head Coach Stephan Constantine, Players’ fitness, and the upcoming game against Bahrain.

“There is a lot of bickering happening about Constantine but when the results are good enough and the results are of topmost level, there is nothing to criticise about the coach. I think we should set that aside and just back the team to go to the next round because that is what can take Indian football forward,” said Henry Menezes when asked about Stephan Constantine whose contract as the Head Coach of the Indian team is set to expire after the AFC Asian Cup.

As per WIFA’s CEO Henry Menezes, the supreme fitness levels of the Indian players has impressed him the most and that’s one of the major reason behind India’s positive performance. “There has been so much emphasis on fitness and the players have clearly excelled in that department. We didn’t see any dip in the performance or a dropping of the shoulder even when we conceded goal against the UAE. Such things are heartening to see and speaks volumes of the strength and determination of a team,” said Menezes.

A draw against Bahrain might be enough to send India into the Round of 16 but Henry Menezes cites that only aiming for a victory will help India to go through. “The momentum is there and we need to be a little bit more solid in defense as chances will come in for the opposition as well. Bahrain also will be desperate to win this tie. And I would say the team should only aim for victory and not think of a draw at all,” he concluded.

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After two defeats, Maharashtra respond with a win in Khelo India Youth Games

After two defeats, Maharashtra respond with a win in Khelo India Youth Games

The 2nd Edition of Khelo India Youth Games 2019 is underway in Pune. In the field of Football, Maharashtra has bounced back in after suffering two defeats earlier. Here is a brief report of the same:

U21 Boys

Mizoram 3-0 Maharashtra and Odisha 1-4 Maharashtra: In the opening game, Maharashtra lost out to Mizoram 3-0 after the North-Eastern side displayed a dominant performance to overcome Maharashtra. A goal each by David Laltlansanga, Lalruatfela, and Lalnunzama proved enough to snatch a crucial win.

Maharashtra U21 Boys responded quite well in their second game with a fine 4-1 win over Odisha. Sufiyan Shaikh bagged a fantastic hat-trick before Aman Khanna added the fourth goal to seal a resounding win.

U17 Girls

Odisha 2-0 Maharashtra and Bihar 1-2 Maharashtra: In the girls’ category, Maharashtra lost their first game but bounced back in the second game. Odisha got the better of Maharashtra in the first game after registering a 2-0 victory. Susmita and Deepa scored in either half to lead Odisha to glory.

In the second game, Akanksha Kandalkar turned out to be the hero for Maharashtra as she struck twice to give Maharashtra a much-needed win as they look forward to going all the way in Khelo India Youth Games 2019.

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