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Gondia, Buldhana qualify for next round of Women’s Inter-District Football Tournament

Gondia, Buldhana qualify for next round of Women’s Inter-District Football Tournament

Earlier today at Jalgaon, WIFA (Western India Football Association) Inter-District Football Tournament got underway. A total of four games were contested today, where Ahmednagar, Thane, Buldhana and Gondia entered next round.

Ahmednagar 0(4) – 0(2) Wardha
Despite the tremendous performance by both the teams neither side could manage to score the goal due to some good defense from both sides. Match ended in goalless draw and headed for penalty shoot. Ahmednagar managed to bag 4 goals where as Wardha could score only 2 as the former entered the next round

Thane (Paromita Chakravarty 22’) 1(3)-1(2) Jalgaon( Monu Ghule 41’)
In the second match between Thane and home team Jalgaon, Thane opened the scoring midway through the first half as they got an opportunity via penalty kick. Early in the game a lackluster Jalgaon allowed Thane too many chances that the latter failed to capitalise on. In the dying minutes, Jalgaon backed themselves into the game and after a brilliant save by their goalkeeper to keep them in the game, a counter attack move by the host was well finished off by Monu Ghule to bring the score on level terms. The match resulted in a draw and entered into penalty shoot. Thane scored 3 whereas Jalgaon could convert only 2.

Buldhana (Aishwarya Ubahande 12’, Aishwarya Bhonde 26’, Nikita Nakade 34’ and Nikita Jadhav 35’) 4-0 Satara
From the beginning of the game Buldhana dominated Satara. Aishwarya Ubahande opened the scoring with subtle finaih in the 12th minute. Aishwarya Bhonde, Nikita Kakde and Nikita Jadhav added three more goals to the tally to end the game at 4-0 scoreline as Buldhana entered the next round.

Gondia ( Archana 45’ and Heena 47’ ) 2-0 Yavatmal
In the last game between Gondia and Yavatmal, after a goalless first half, Gondia pushed hard for goals to enter the next round. Archana and Captain Heena from Gondia made it possible late in the game as they converted their chances to end the game 2-0 scoring minutes before the match came to an end.

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Jalgaon to host WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship from June 20

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.The latest edition of WIFA Inter-district’s Women’s Championship will be held in Jalgaon and run from June 20th to 25th. 

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.

This year, a total of 24 district teams from across Maharashtra will be participating in the tournament, which will be played on a knockout basis. The participating teams are:

Nagpur, Dhule, Satara, Washim, Latur, Buldana, Solapur, Aurangabad, Yavatmal, Mumbai, Palghar, Gondia, Bhandara, Kolhapur, Beed, Ahmednagar, Wardha, Parbhani, Amravati, Sangli, Nashik, Thane, Jalgaon and Pune.

Last year, in a memorable Championship, Tournament’s two underdog teams made it to the final which was contested between Kolhapur and Nagpur. In the semi-finals, both Nagpur and Kolhapur showed gritty determination to take the game to shoot-out and defeated favourites Mumbai and Pune’s to enter the finals. In the tournament finale, after an intense normal time couldn’t produce a result, Nagpur edged Kolhapur 4-3 on penalty shootout to lift the trophy. 

The 2019 edition of the tournament commences from June 20 with 8 games being played on the day. The knockout will continue the next day where the Pre-quarter-finals will be held. The semi final will played on 24th while the title clash will be held a day later on June 25th.

Defending champions Nagpur will be looking to hold on to their WIFA Inter-District Women’s Championship as they get ready for the new season.

 

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Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra 5-0 Sikkim

Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra 5-0 Sikkim

Maharashtra comprehensively defeated Sikkim 5-0 in their last group stage game of the ongoing Santosh Trophy 2019 in Ludhiana (Punjab) to stay in contention of reaching the next round. It was indeed a great outing for Rithesh Inumula’s side who left no stones unturned to pick up their form when it mattered the most.

After going winless in the first two games against Karnataka and Assam, Maharashtra bounced back with a 2-1 win over Punjab which laid the foundation to today’s victory against Sikkim. Aman Gaikwad opened the scoring in the first-half before Leander Dharmai and Vinod Pandey chipped in one goal each to put Maharashtra 3-0 up at the break.

Maharashtra’s top-scorer Arif Shaikh continued his red-hot form by adding two more goals in the second-half, making it six goals in just four games. This ruthless display helped Maharashtra to improve their goal-difference as they have already put their one foot in the next round with Karnataka vs Punjab all set to be contested later today in Ludhiana.

Santosh Trophy 2019 (Group B Standings)

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Santosh Trophy 2019: Assam 3-2 Maharashtra

Santosh Trophy 2019: Assam 3-2 Maharashtra

12th April 2019, Ludhiana: In their second encounter of the Group Stage, Maharashtra suffered a huge setback after conceding in the injury-time which left them winless so far in the ongoing Santosh Trophy 2019 in Ludhiana, Punjab.

Coming on the back of a 2-2 draw against Karnataka, Maharashtra, yet again, conceded in the injury-time after dominating for the majority of the match. Kerala took the lead in the 12th-minute through Vishnu before Maharashtra responded brilliantly when Arif Shaikh scored twice to put Maharashtra’s noses in front.

All the joy was short lived when Assam leveled the score through Milan Vasu just four minutes after Arif’s goal. With the game heading towards the draw, Assam snatched a late winner through Sharnam Deep’s 92nd-minute strike. To qualify for the next round, Maharashtra must defeat Sikkim and Punjab.

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Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra 2-2 Karnataka

Santosh Trophy: Maharashtra 2-2 Karnataka

In the opening game of National Football Championship Santosh Trophy 2018-19, we had to settle for a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Karnataka in a Group B encounter at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, Punjab.

Ritesh Inumula’s side was in cruise control but conceded two goals against the run of play including a last minute equalizer. Maharashtra started brilliantly when Rohan Shukla broke the deadlock with a neat finish in the 16th-minute.

Fourteen minutes later, Manvir Singh leveled the score for Manivannan’s Karnataka but Maharashtra bounced back with a wonderful play from Sanket Salokhe who restored the lead in the 54th-minute. A win was on cards for Maharashtra but substitute Nikhil Raj got the equalizer in the 92nd-minute to share the spoils.

Maharashtra XI: Owais Khan (GK); Dhurwesh Nijap, Jayesh Kadam, Saurabh Patil, Dion Menezes; Mrunal Tandel, Vinod Pandey, Aman Gaikwad, Rohan Shukla, Lineker Machado; Sanket Salokhe. Substitute appearance: Arif Shaikh and Al Azhar Delhiwala.

Next game: Assam vs Maharashtra – 11th April 2019.

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