Don Bosco team pose with the Ahmed Sailor Cup at the Cooperage ground yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Dwayne Pereira's goal helped Don Bosco High School (Matunga) defend their title with a 1-0 win against Campion School (Cooperage) in the final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA)-organised Ahmed Sailor boys under-16 football tournament at Cooperage football ground yesterday.
This is the third time the Matunga side have won the knockout title on the trot. Don Bosco were close to scoring in the fifth minute, but Sherwyn D'Souza's header was blocked by goalkeeper Rahul Verma. Five minutes later, midfielder Nihal Dudwadkar's shot from the 30-yard circle landed wide. Mannan Dang was fouled by Hriday Dhakad, but the defending champs were unable to capitalise on the opportunity.
Campion too had their fair share of chances in the game. Aashad Vesuna missed to score from the 18-yard box as the ball went sailing over the goalpost. During the 22nd minute, Campion had another chance of scoring off a free kick, but Aryaan Majumdar's attempt from the right corner was blocked by a sturdy Bosco wall. After the lemon break, Don Bosco continued to search for a goal and were rewarded. Skipper Dwayne Pereira scored the only goal in the 44th minute.
Don Bosco coach Leslie Machado was happy his side were able to display an aggressive show. "Since it is the last year for most of the boys, this win is very special for them," he said. "This win is dedicated to Leslie sir and because of him we were able to bring out our A game," Dwayne added.