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Haria golazo and Durga special sets up Mumbai-Pune final

Haria golazo and Durga special sets up Mumbai-Pune final

The semi-finals of the 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys had two brilliant individual performances which had fans on the edge of their seats.

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.

Hridya Haria’s wonder-goal helped Mumbai beat Kolhapur in the first game. The ball was controlled and let rip from 20 yards out into the net! Surely a contender for goal of the tournament! Kolhapur countered Mumbai’s artistry with physicality. Full marks to Mumbai as they defended well and kept Kolhapur at bay.

Prashant Salawade, Sanket Medhe, and Gandharva Chavan were rendered ineffective thanks to tight man-marking by Mumbai. Kolhapur ran out of ideas as the deadly trio was marked out of the game. Mumbai withstood late pressure and won 1-0.

Mumbai – 1 (Hridya Haria (11’)) beat Kolhapur – 0

Trivia:

  • Mumbai is the defending U-14 boys champion; they beat Pune in last year’s final. The same two teams play in Saturday’s grand finale.
  • Mumbai Girls clinched the U-14 title in Palghar recently.
  • Kolhapur’s Sanket Medhe was the only player in the tournament to receive back to back yellow cards. The first was against Amravati in the quarterfinals while the second was against Mumbai in the semifinals.
  • Mumbai versus Kolhapur was the only game in which neither of Prashant Salawade, Sanket Medhe, and Gandharva Chavan scored.

Tushar Durga grabbed the limelight as Pune beat Nagpur 4-0 in the second semifinal. Durga was at his devastating best as he scored a hat-trick. He scored in the 26th, 40th and 59th minutes to send Pune into the final. Akib Ansari was the other goal-scorer for Pune. Durga’s first goal — a long-range strike from 20 yards out – was an absolute peach! His second and third goals were scored from inside the penalty area. Manav Simon impressed for Nagpur with his dribbling. Utkarsh Mankar – Nagpur’s goal-scorer in the previous rounds – had an off-day.

Pune – 4 (Tushar Durga (26’, 40’, 59’)) beat Nagpur – 0

Dr. Asmita Patil (co-ordinator, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao) did a ceremonial toss before the second-half of the Mumbai-Kolhapur game.

Also, Mr. Farooq Shaikh (secretary, JDFA) was outstanding in the commentary box. Fans were impressed by his football knowledge as well as his insights on every game.

Mr. Vinod Nalwade (director, Rush Soccer Academy, Mumbai) gave a short speech in the end. He elaborated on the importance of fitness, diet and education for kids who want to break into the professional circuit.

The grand finale awaits on Saturday

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Day 5: Sub-Junior Boys (Jalgoan) Round-up

Day 5: Sub-Junior Boys (Jalgoan) Round-up

What a finish to the quarterfinals of the 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys! Nagpur rose to the occasion as they dumped out in-form Thane. Stand-in goalkeeper Nitin Gupta saved a late spot-kick to send Thane tumbling.

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.

Mumbai obliterated Palghar in the first quarterfinal. Mohammed Kaif Ansari scored a double hat-trick. Punit Singh, Yohana Martin, Mohammed Jaffer Mansoori and Ryan Lobo were the other goal scorers.

Mumbai – 10 (Mohd. Kaif Ansari (5’, 21’, 24’, 34’, 53’, 59’), Punit Singh (17’), Yohana Martin (18’), Mohd. Jaffer Mansoori (40’), Ryan Lobo (56’) beat Palghar – 0

Kolhapur beat Amravati 8-0 in the second game. The trio of Prashant Salawade, Gandharva Chavan and Sanket Medhe starred in another goal riot. Salawade grabbed a hat-trick while Medhe hit four goals. Chavan wrapped it up with a fine effort in the dying minutes.

Kolhapur – 8 (Prashant Salawade (2’, 18’, 19’), Sanket Medhe (4’, 24’, 31’, 44’), Gandharva Chavan (52’) beat Amravati – 0

Pune and Ahmednagar battled it out in the third game. Goals from Vinit Chauhan and Tushar Durga won it for Pune. The game was a test of mettle and character as both teams went toe to toe.

Pune – 2 (Vinit Chauhan (13’), Tushar Durga (58’)) beat Ahmednagar – 0

The best was reserved for the last as Nagpur beat Thane in a cliffhanger. The game had drama dime-a-dozen! Utkarsh Mankar scored in the 14th minute for Nagpur. What a goal it was… a fine solo effort! It was his fifth goal in two games. Thane just couldn’t break past a wall of Orange shirts. And as Manav Sharma’s shot whistled past the post in the second-half…Thane knew that it just wasn’t their day! Stand-in goalkeeper Nitin Gupta parried away Thane’s spot-kick in the dying minutes to end their misery. As Nagpur celebrated…Thane had thrown away a lifeline!

Nagpur – 1 (Utkarsh Mankar (14’)) beat Thane – 0

Key stats:

1) 25 games have been played so far (including the quarterfinals).
2) 106 goals have been scored so far.
3) Utkarsh Mankar’s goal was the 106th goal of the tournament (till the end of the quarterfinals).
4) Sanket Medhe (9), Prashant Salawade (5) and Gandharva Chavan (5) have scored 19 of Kolhapur’s 25 goals in the tournament so far!

If the quarterfinals had us on the edge of our seats here’s hoping that the semi-finals would also run on the same theme. The football caravan marches on.

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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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