Striker Arya Gandharva was in the best scoring form and struck five goals as Goans Sports Association, Mumbai made a bright winning start recording a commanding 7-0 win against Rabbani Academy, Nagpur in a Group-A league match of the 1st WIFA State Youth Championship, which is being organized as part of the FIFA-AIFF State Development Project, and played at the Cooperage ground on Friday. Arya’s teammates Raul Almeida and Jaiden Irani netted one each to complete Goans victory.
Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) also started with a win defeating J.J. Academy also from Mumbai by a close 1-0 margin in Group-B. Joel Barnes scored the only goal in the second half.
In other well-contested encounters, Kolhapur’s Kandoba Talim Mandal blanked All India Youth Football Academy, Pune 2-0 in Group-A and Mathew FA, Pune rallied to overcome Deccan Rovers FC, Pune 3-1 in Group-B.
Goans SA, Mumbai 7 (Arya Gandharva 5, Raul Almeida, Jaiden Irani) beat Rabbani Academy, Nagpur 0.
Kandoba Talim Mandal, Kolhapur 2 (Pratik Mane, Devraj Sawant) beat AIYFA 0.
Mathew FA 3 (Prathamesh Bhalerao 2, Sanchit Mhaske) beat Deccan Rovers FC, Pune 1 (Balraj Jagtap).
MSSA 1 (Joel Barnes) beat J.J. Academy 0.