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.Read More »
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced that they will conduct ‘AFC’ B-License Course (Module – 1) at the Cooperage Stadium from 12th to 26th November 2018. Coaches who hold AFC ‘C’ License Course and who are actively involved in coaching for a minimum period of 2 years from the completion of AFC ‘C’ License are eligible to apply for this course.
The AFC ‘C’ License holders of the respective districts who are desirous of doing this course are advised to apply for the same by registering online. Log on to http://coaching.the-aiff.com to register for the same. The registration will close on 20th October 2018.Read More »
A late strike by Dinesh Singh proved enough for FC Pune City as they registered a hard-fought 1-0 win over Defending Champions KMP XI in a mouth-watering WIFA Youth Championship U-14 final at the Cooperage Stadium on Thursday evening. This was the first time FC Pune City participated in the WIFA Youth Championship as they were not a part of the same in the first edition last season.
Nonetheless, KMP (Keshav Madhav Pratishtan) XI gave a good fight, right until the final whistle. They almost scored an equalizer in the injury time when a free-kick effort rattled the bar. Winning the inaugural edition last time around, a runners-up medal has surely cemented KMP’s name into the history books.
It was in the 49th minute when FC Pune City’s Dinesh Singh scored a sublime left-footed goal which broke the deadlock. The goal gave FC Pune City a huge boost in their quest to lift the WIFA Youth Championship title. KMP XI’s Samuel Selvadas and Mustafa Shaikh were man-marked brilliantly which put a halt to KMP’s attack.
Franklin Nazareth and Dinesh Singh were tremendous throughout the game. The duo kept their composure and guided the rest of their teammates in the dying minutes to round-off a brilliant campaign. Their Captain Franklin Nazareth won the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ while Kenkre FC’s Dexter Fernandes was awarded the ‘Golden Boot’ after netting 11 goals in the Championship.Read More »
28th August 2018, Mumbai: The quarter-finals of the WIFA Youth Championship U-14 concluded earlier today at the Cooperage Stadium. Patakadil TM (Kolhapur), FC Pune City (Pune), Defending Champions KMP XI (Pune), and Khandoba TM (Kolhapur) won their respective games to clinch a place in the last four.
It was a difficult day for the Mumbai-based teams as all the remaining three teams from Mumbai bowed out of the campaign. MSSA lost to Patakadil TM, Lemon Break suffered a defeat at the hands of FC Pune City, and Kenkre FC went down fighting against Khandoba TM.
With two teams each from Pune and Kolhapur, the rivalry between the two districts intensifies further with the bragging rights on the line.
The game of the day was between Kenkre FC and Kolhapur’s Khandoba TM. After taking a deserving lead in the 26th minute through Rohit Mehra, Khandoba TM bounced back with two goals. Prajwal Powar levelled the score before Sanket Medhe headed home to put Khandoba TM 2-1 in front.
With time running out, Kenkre FC equalized through Daksh but they conceded in the very next minute through Swayam Salokhe which initially sealed the game for Khandoba TM.
Meanwhile, in the early kick-offs, Patakadil TM and FC Pune City registered an identical 3-1 win and Defending Champions KMP XI edged past Nashik’s NFCC 1-0 to book their place in the last four.
Semi-final fixtures (Tomorrow):
FC Pune City vs Patakadil TM – 04:00 pm
Khandoba TM vs KMP XI – 06:00 pmRead More »
The Group Stage of the ongoing WIFA Youth Championship U-14 has been concluded. From 16 teams, we are now down to just 8 teams. Tomorrow, the likes of KMP XI, FC Pune City, Lemon Break, MSSA, NFCC, Patakadil TM, Khandoba TM, and Kenkre FC will battle it out in the quarter-finals to book their berth in the last four of the second edition of WIFA Youth Championship U-14.
In the last couple of days, Group C and Group D matches were played at the Cooperage Stadium after the completion of Group A and Group B. Both the Kolhapur-based teams Patakadil TM and Khandoba TM had an outstanding Group Stage campaign. They left no stones unturned on their course to finish at the top of their respective groups.
Patakadil’s forward Abhishek Powar is having a tremendous campaign so far while Khandoba, on the other hand, has delivered a more collective performance. Mumbai’s Lemon Break suffered a painful loss in their opening game against Patakadil but they bounced back with two huge wins to book their place in the next round. One of their wins included a whopping 14-0 victory, courtesy Mohd. Mansoori and Vivek Roy’s lethal finishing.
Nashik’s NFCC just made it to the next round but they were involved in two thrilling matches. Their clash against Mumbai’s Football School of India (FSI) and Khandoba was nothing short of a nail-biting encounter.