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Navy lift MDFA Independence Cup

Navy lift MDFA Independence Cup

Indian Navy emerged champions of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) organised Independence Cup Football Tournament 2013. The sailors struck in the second half to eke out a narrow 1-0 victory against G.M. East Indians in the finals played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Wednesday evening. Striker Prakash Dilla netted the all-important goal in the 12th minute of the second half.

In the third place match, Union Bank of India managed to prevail over PIFA Colaba 3-1 via the penalty shootout . The scores were tied 0-0 after full-time.

Earlier in the semi-finals, East Indians got the better of PIFA 5-4 via the tie-breaker after the teams were locked goalless at the end of normal time. In the second semis, Navy prevailed over Union Bank 3-1 also from a penalty shootout duel after the teams failed to score during regulation period.

In the quarter-finals, Navy scored an authoritative 3-1 over Central Railway, while East Indians got the better of Mumbai Customs by a narrow 2-1 margin in a closely fought match. Union Bank recorded an identical 2-1 win over Air India and PIFA snatched a 5-4 tie-breaker win over Kenkre FC.

Navy and East Indians received the winners’ and runners-up trophies and cash prizes of Rs 30,000 and 20,000 respectively from Chief Guest S.S. Narayan,a double Olympian. The third place team pocketed a cash prize of Rs 10,000.

Results – at St. Xavier’s ground, Parel – Independence Cup (final): Indian Navy 1 (Prakash Dilla) bt East Indians 0; 3rd place: Union Bank bt PIFA Colaba; Semi-finals: East Indians bt PIFA 5-4 via the tie-breaker (F-T 0-0); Navy bt Union Bank 3-1 via the tie-breaker (F-T 0-0); Quarter-finals: East Indians bt Mumbai Customs 2-1; PIFA bt Kenkre FC 3-1 via tie-breaker (F-T 1-1); Union Bank bt Air India 2-1; Navy bt Central Railway 1-0.

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