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Goalkeepers steal the limelight, Ahmednagar bests hosts in humdinger

Goalkeepers steal the limelight, Ahmednagar bests hosts in humdinger

In what was a long and eventful day 35 goals were scored on Day 3 of the 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys.

The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA).

Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola and Pride are the major sponsors.

Eight games were played at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Zilla Krida Sankul Ground on Tuesday.

Ahmednagar beat hosts Jalgaon in the game of the day. They won partly due to tight man-marking of danger-man Faizal Khan. The first goal by Atharva Sanap was a peach while Ganesh Jadhav scored off a counterattack in the second.

Ahmednagar – 2 (Atharva Sanap (20’), Ganesh Jadhav (40’)) beat Jalgaon – 0

Palghar beat Solapur in the first game thanks to Aditya Vichare and Alan Sequeira’s first-half goals. Solapur scored through Pratik Adsule in the 41st minute.

Palghar – 2 (Aditya Vichare (12’), Alan Sequeira (18’)) beat Solapur – (Pratik Adsule (41’))

Mumbai hit eleven goals past Washim in the second game. It was virtually a no-contest. Aryan Mahadeshwar and Yohana Martin scored a hat-trick each. Credit to Washim who soldiered on despite being outmuscled and outclassed.

Mumbai – 11 (Mohd. Kay Ansari (2’, 17’), Hridya Haria (10’), Craig Daniel Salve (11’, 40’), Yohana Martin (13’, 42’, 48’), Aryan Mahadeshwar (15’, 18’, 47’)) beat Washim – 0

Kolhapur resumed their goal-glut as they hit eight past Nanded in the third game. Gandharva Chavan scored a hat-trick and Prashant Salawade and Sanket Medhe scored a brace. Parth Sutar was the other goal scorer for Kolhapur.

Kolhapur – 8 (Prashant Salawade (4’, 37’), Sanket Medhe (7’, 8’), Gandharva Chavan (31’, 42’, 44’), Parth Sutar (32’) beat Nanded – 0

Amravati needed a moment of magic to beat Gondia in the fourth game. Gondia’s Jamir Shaik hit a spectacular bicycle kick! Atharva Chauhan missed a penalty for Amravati in the first-half. Shaik Sufian scored the winner in the 45th minute.

Amravati – 1 (Shaik Sufian (45’)) beat Gondia – 0

The fifth game involving Pune and Nashik was a close affair. Tushar Durga scored the winner for Pune in the 27th minute. Nashik goalkeeper Ashwin Pobbar stole the limelight with his incredible double save in the first-half.

Pune – 1 (Tushar Durga (27’) beat Nashik – 0

Thane beat Sangli in the seventh game. Sangli goalkeeper Sujal Pardesi saved a penalty in the first-half and kept Thane at bay with quick reflexes and smart positioning. Thane scored off a penalty in the 28th minute and also grabbed a late winner.

Thane – 2 (Shaunak Mahajan (28’), Amster Saldanha (49’) beat Sangli – 1 (Om Khade (41’))

Nagpur staged a superb comeback against Buldana in the final game. Utkarsh Mankar’s four goals gave the Boys in Orange a resounding 5-1 win. Buldana had opened the scoring but Mankar’s heroics put the game to bed.

Nagpur – 5 (Utkarsh Mankar (27’, 36’, 40’, 47’) beat Buldana (Danish (3’) – 1

As we are done with the pre-quarterfinals we do hope that the quarterfinals (Day 4) will be on similar lines. The crème-de-la-crème of talent will ply their wares for glory.

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Penalties and last-minute heroics grab the spotlight on Day 2

Penalties and last-minute heroics grab the spotlight on Day 2

In what was a football treat spot-kicks and a last gasp winner held sway on Day 2 of the 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys.

The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA). Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola and Pride are the major sponsors.

Seven games were played at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Zilla Krida Sankul Ground on Tuesday.

Jalgaon beat Aurangabad in what was the best game of the day. Last-gasp tackles, flying headers, incredible saves…the game had it all! As both teams resembled punch-drunk boxers Jalgaon delivered the knock-out blow. Ansar Patel’s free-kick winner in the 50th minute gave the Boys in Green a memorable win.

Jalgaon – 1 (Ansar Patel (50’) beat Aurangabad – 0

Earlier Ahmednagar beat Satara in the first game. Goals from Yash Karale, Joninum Mutha and Rishab Mani helped their cause. Soham Ghadge’s goal was the sole positive for Satara.

Ahmednagar – 3 (Yash Karale (31’), Joninum Mutha (40’), Rishab Mani (46’) beat Satara – 1 (Soham Ghadge (48’))

Sangli beat Jalna in the second game. Viraj Kharat’s early goal had given Jalna a first-half lead. But Sangli roared back in the second and scored through Om Khade and Asnain Rukandi. A volte-face given Sangli’s ragged first-half performance!

Sangli – 2 (Om Khade (31’), Asnain Rukandi (33’)) beat Jalna – 1 (Viraj Kharat (5’))

The third game involving Buldana and Yavatmal went to penalties. The game finished 1-1 in normal time; Buldana held their nerves and won 4-2 in the shootout. A superb free-kick by Yavatmal skipper Rishikesh Chandan is contender for goal of the tournament.

Buldana – 1 (Arjun (15’)); Yavatmal – 1 (Rishikesh Chandan (32’)

  • Buldana beat Yavatmal 4-2 on penalties

The fourth game was a watershed as Thane overpowered Beed by five goals. Beed played with only nine players due to player registration issues. All five goals had different scorers. Amster Saldanha was the standout player for Thane.

Thane – 5 (Tarang Koley (4’), Nikhil Shinde (6’), Manav Sharma (16’), Amster Saldanha (36’), Shaunak Mahajan (40’)) beat Buldana – 0

The sixth game was a cliff hanger as Nagpur beat Nandurbar in sudden-death. The game was 1-1 at the end of normal time. Milind Pansare and Rugved Shinde scored for Nagpur and Nandurbar respectively. Nandurbar missed their last three spot kicks to give Nagpur a 4-3 win.

Nagpur – 1 (Milind Pansare (2’)); Nandurbar – 1 (Rugved Shinde (22’))

  • Nagpur beat Nandurbar 4-3 in sudden-death

Nashik beat Dhule 2-0 in the final game. Varad Shinde and Shlok Bhalerao scored early in the first-half and ensured a walk in the park for Nashik. Dhule simply couldn’t cope with the attacking quality of Nashik.

Nashik – 2 (Varad Shinde (5’), Shlok Bhalerao (14’)) beat Dhule — 0

Best Player Award: Rishab Mani (Ahmednagar), Om Khade (Sangli), Abdullah Khan (Yavatmal), Amster Saldanha (Thane), John Francis (Jalgaon), Manav Simon (Nagpur) and Shlok Bhalerao (Nashik).

As penalties and last-gasp goals dominated Day 2…what would be the theme for Day 3? Stay tuned…

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Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai defeats Nagpur to lift the title in Palghar

Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai defeats Nagpur to lift the title in Palghar

22nd January 2019, Palghar: On Tuesday morning, Mumbai District defeated Nagpur District in the WIFA Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship in Palghar to register their third consecutive Sub-Junior Girls title. In 2017, Mumbai triumphed in Dhule before winning again in Jalgaon (2018) and Palghar (2019) earlier today.

Nagpur came into the final on the back of a thrilling win against Pune. With the score locked at 3-3 in normal time, the match went into the penalties where Nagpur edged Pune 5-4. Meanwhile, Mumbai District had defeated Kolhapur 3-2 in a mouth-watering encounter.

Just like in the semi-final match against Kolhapur, Mumbai started off perfectly after Mehak Lobo opened the scoring in the 4th minute. A well-taken corner by Tanisha Laud was superbly turned in by Mehak who had an outstanding campaign this season as well.

Fourteen minutes later, Tanisha and Mehak combined again as Mehak’s glancing header doubled Mumbai’s lead. Nagpur responded positively after conceding the second goal and defended well to avoid any further goals. But in the second half, Mumbai went all guns blazing as they scored thrice to complete a sensational win.

Priyanka set up Riya D’Souza who scored Mumbai’s third goal before Riya served Angeline Anthony who grabbed the fourth goal in the 44th minute. In the closing stages of the game, Ash D’Silva was set up by Sai Sankhe who bagged Mumbai’s fifth and final goal.

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Awards and goals galore as football caravan arrives at Jalgaon

Awards and goals galore as football caravan arrives at Jalgaon

Day 1 of the 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys was a success partly due to the opening ceremony.

The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA).

Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola and Pride are the major sponsors.

A glimpse into the opening ceremony. Dr. Anita Kolhe (joint Secretary, JDFA) elaborated as to how football can be a tool for education and societal development.

The winners’ trophy was unveiled and balloons and crackers were burst in celebration.

Mr. Kishor Raje Nimbalkar (district commissioner, Jalgaon), Mr. Mohammed Kalim (match commissioner, AIFF), Mr. Mohammed Abid (ex-treasurer, WIFA) and Mr. Farooq Shaikh (secretary, JDFA) gave away the respective awards.

Best Player Award: Aditya Vichare (Palghar), Sanket Medhe (Kolhapur), Altamash Khan (Nanded), Harshal Patle (Gondhia) and Shaikh Sufiyan (Amravati).

Spirit of Sport Award: Mohammed Sabir (Parbhani).

Token of appreciation (match officials): Mr. Abhinav Dinesh Mhala, Sharib Khan, Yogesh Hiremath, Ramiz Shaikh, Saurab Gorey, Shashwat Sakhare, Gaurav Mane, Santosh Kamble, Naveen Hirekerur, Saurabh Cheke.

Six games were played at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Zilla Krida Sankul Ground.

Palghar beat Parbhani in the first game thanks to Alan Sequeira’s superlative performance. His first-minute goal was a tournament record! Aditya Vichare and Santosh Rawat also scored for Palghar.

Palghar – 3 (Alan Sequeira(1’), Aditya Vichare (37’), Santosh Rawat (51’)) beat Parbhani – 1 (Khaja Farman (16’))

Kolhapur scored nine against Hingoli in the second game. Swayam Shinde and Sanket Mede scored a hat trick. Gandharva Chavan and Prem Desai also scored. Kolhapur’s strike-force was too good on the day.

Kolhapur – 9 (Gandharva Chavan (6’), Swayam Shinde (10’, 12’, 24’), Prem Desai (21’), Sanket Mede (29’, 32’, 37’), Shravan Shinde (40’)) beat Hingoli – 0

Nanded beat Latur in the third game thanks to goals from Mohammed Shaizan and Altamash Khan. They had enough in the tank to see off Latur’s feeble challenge.

Nanded – 2 (Mohammed Shaizan (22’), Altamash Khan (47’)) beat Latur – 0

Gondia beat Osmanabad in the fourth game thanks to Harshal Patle’s brace. Intelligent dribbling, passing and off-the-ball work was the hallmark for Gondia. Patle did the star turn for Gondia.

Gondia – 2 (Harshal Patle (20’, 38’) beat Osmanabad – 0

Amravati eased to a 5-0 win against Bhandara in the fifth game. Two goals from Bhushan Gedam and Shaikh Sufiyan helped them uncork a tight defence. Atharve Chavan (who scored) and Sameer Rathod were the key players for Amravati.

Amravati – 5 (Bhushan Gedam (25’, 48’), Atharve Chavan (36’), Shaikh Sufiyan (43’, 44’)) beat Bhandara – 0

Solapur hit six past Chandrapur in the final game. Tarpan Tekade scored twice and Siddhant Bavi, Anirudh Kamruti, Yugandher Kadam and Shivam Musale were the other goal scorers. Tushar Irkule’s goal was the only positive for Chandrapur.

Solapur – 6 (Siddhant Bavi (3’), Anirudh Kamruti (5’), Yugandhere Kadam (10’), Tarpan Tekade (19’, 43’), Shivam Musale (33’) beat Chandrapur – 1 (Tushar Irkude (3’))

More action (and awards!) is in the offing on Day 2 of the 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys… stay tuned.

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Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai to play Nagpur in final

Sub-Junior Girls: Mumbai to play Nagpur in final

21st January 2019, Palghar: Defending Champions Mumbai District registered a hard-fought 3-2 win over Kolhapur District to set up a date with Nagpur District in the WIFA Inter-District Sub-Junior Championship at Palghar. At one stage of the match, Kolhapur was 2-0 down but they fought back and never looked back until the final whistle as they fell just a goal short and bowed out of the Championship.

On Sunday, Nagpur had defeated Pune via penalty shootout when both the outfits were locked at 3-3 after the end of normal time. With Nagpur already fired up after their win against Pune, it would be quite a final when they face Mumbai District on Tuesday morning.

Mumbai District started off brilliantly when last season’s top-scorer Bhumika Mane broke the deadlock in the 6th-minute itself with a delicate chip over Kolhapur’s goalkeeper. Six minutes later, Mumbai doubled their lead through Mehek Lobo who was set up by Tanisha Laud’s pinpoint free-kick.

It seemed Mumbai District had already sealed the game but Kolhapur fought back in what turned out to be a classic semi-final encounter. Sanika Patil cut short the deficit for Kolhapur District but Mumbai restored the parity through Tanisha.

 

In the second half, a brilliant combination between Bhakti Birangaddi and Sanika Patil helped Kolhapur to get one goal back after a well-taken strike from Sanika. Kolhapur gave their best in the last stages of the game where they came close to level the score on several occasions but Mumbai’s defense and the goalkeeper stood firm to keep their one-goal lead intact.

Final:  Nagpur District vs Mumbai District – 22nd January 2019.

 

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