14th February 2018, Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship which was held at Jalgaon successfully concluded on Wednesday evening. Mumbai District emerged as the winners after breezing past Pune District 4-0 in the final, courtesy of Mehek Lobo’s spectacular hat-trick.
Throughout the Championship, Mumbai District had always looked like a serious contender alongside Pune District. Ironically, both the districts had recorded a whopping 12-0 victory in the knockout stages which created an insane hype just before the final.
Mumbai’s lethal attack and more importantly, the strong defence turned out to be a crucial factor in their triumph. In the first twenty minutes, Pune defended pretty well to stop Mumbai’s attacking duo of Angeline Antony and Mehek Lobo. But in the 22nd minute, Mehek Lobo finally opened the scoring with a close-range finish.
The first goal changed the whole game as Mumbai dominated throughout the game with a superb attacking display. Mehek Lobo added two more goals to complete her hat-trick while Riya D’Souza scored the other goal which completed a sensational win for the girls from Mumbai.
For her hat-trick, Mehek Lobo was adjudged with the player of the match award. 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.Read More »
Teams from Pune, Kolhapur, Jalgaon and Mumbai completed for a place in the finals of the championship for the young colts.
The first match of the day saw Pune District take on the side from Kolhapur District in what turned out to be a neck to neck contest between the teams till the end.
The teams battled out in an evenly contested half as no goals were scored in the first half of the match. Both teams had a lot of chances but failed to convert in the final third.
The second half started with Pune on the front foot in attack with a lot of chances from the break. They were rewarded when Vishwanath Shelke scored in the 38th minute to give the Pune side a one-goal lead.
Kolhapur were hit with the early goal in the second half but did well to hold their own and got back into the game within the space of eleven minutes. Kolhapur’s Satej Salunkhe scored in the 49th minute to draw level in the match at 1-1.
The goal spurned on both the sides as they went all out for the winner but the defences did well to keep out the attacks and force a penalty shootout.
Kolhapur prevailed 3-0 in the penalty shootout as none of the Pune players converted their kicks from the spot. Jay Kamath, Pranav Ghatge and Satej Salunkhe scored for the Kolhapur side to book their place in the final.
Final Score : Pune 1-1 Kolhapur ( Kolhapur win 3-0 on penalties)
The second match of the day saw teams from Jalgaon and Mumbai district face off for the chance to play in the final of the Inter-district Championship.
The first half of the match was a cagey affair as both the sides could not score despite having numerous chances. The Jalgaon defence was well organised and stuck to their plan and managed to keep the Mumbai attack in check.
Mumbai coach Jaywant Pathak made a change to the side at half time as he put on Aryan Hukumchand into the lineup. The substitution paid off dividends as Aryan scored within a minute after coming on to make it 1-0 in favor of Mumbai.
Mumbai scored again in the 48th minute as Aman Gaikwad slotted his effort into the goal to double the lead. Jalgaon did well despite the goal conceded but could not breach the Mumbai defence.
The match ended with Mumbai triumphing 2-0 over Jalgaon and cementing their spot in the final.
Final Score : Mumbai 2-0 (Aryan Hukumchand 36′, Aman Gaikwad 48′)
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13th February 2018, Jalgaon: The Inter-District State Sub-Junior Girls Championship is set to conclude tomorrow when Mumbai District will take on Pune District in a mouth-watering final at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Stadium in Jalgaon. Earlier today, Pune District defeated Kolhapur District and Mumbai District romped to victory against Solapur in the semi-finals to set up a date in the final.
1st Semi-Final: Pune (Poorva Gaikwad 3rd min, Swara Pathak 17′ and Karanti More 54′) 3-1 Kolhapur (Samruddhi Kotkale 54′)
In the first semi-final, a gritty Kolhapur side gave a tough fight to Pune but eventually ended up being at the receiving end after suffering a 3-1 defeat. Poorva Gaikwad opened the scoring in the 3rd minute for Pune before Swara Pathak’s curling free-kick doubled Pune’s lead inside the first twenty minutes.
Star forward Samruddhi Kotkale pulled a goal back for Kolhapur but Pune responded just a minute later through Karanti More’s goal which turned out to be the final nail in the coffin.
2nd Semi-Final: Mumbai (Bhumika Mane 5′, Jhanvi Shetty 6′ & 17′, Christine Nazareth 20′, Sai Sankhe 33′ & 36′, Riddhi Mehra 38′ and Priyanka Suyesh 52′) 8-0 Solapur
The second semi-final was a one-sided affair. Mumbai District left no stones unturned as they romped to an 8-0 win against Solapur to qualify for the final. Jhanvi Shetty and player of the match Sai Sankhe bagged two goals each in either half to put Mumbai in a commanding position.
Bhumika Mane’s fifth-minute strike and Christine Nazareth’s twentieth-minute goal was the highlight of the first-half. In the second-half, besides Sai’s two goals, Riddhi Mehra and Priyanka Suyesh grabbed a goal each to complete a fine victory.
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