Varad Parab's lone goal helped St Stanislaus High School (Bandra) beat Bombay Scottish (Mahim) 1-0 and secure a spot in the final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA)-organised inter-school boys under-14 Division I football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Both teams had their fair share of chances during the first half.
St Stanislaus' Varad Parab (centre) heads a ball as the Bombay Scottish’s Ryan Davar (left) looks on during the MSSA U-14 semis at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Shada Khan
Shayne's early move
Stanislaus' midfielder Shayne D'Costa almost put his team in front, only for the Bombay Scottish goalkeeper Kritaansh Khera to come up with a save.
On the other hand, Scottish forward Craig Daniel too had an opportunity to score for his team from outside the penalty area, but vigilant Stanislaus goalkeeper Moin Khan thwarted the attack.
Both teams remained goalless at the end of the first half. After the break, both team put on an attacking display. Scottish were close to scoring when they received a free-kick, but the pressure got the better of defender Ryan Davar, who kicked the ball over the bar. Finally, St Stanislaus' Varad broke the deadlock in the 38th minute. The striker powered home the winner after he received a cross from teammate Jaffer Mansoori, who came dribbling in from the right wing.
'Great team effort'
"We wanted to attack from the beginning. We went hard at our opposition as we did not want to give them any opportunity to score. It was a great team effort and now we look to winning the final," Varad told mid-day.