Tomorrow’s semifinal matches will see Damodar College take on SS Dempo College at 8.30am and Rosary College of Commerce & Arts will go against Fr. Agnel College of Arts and Commerce at 2.00pm in the College Boys category. St Xaviers Higher Secondary will battle it out against St Alex Higher Secondary at 11.00am while Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School and Govt Higher Secondary School will vie for a spot in the finals at 4.30pm in the Senior Boys category.
Reliance Foundation Youth Sports comes a step closer to crowning the Champions of Goa as the day’s action saw Junior Boys and Senior Girls Semi – Finals matches held at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa. The semi-finals brought about a lot of action throughout the day where the Senior Girls impressed in their outing. The first match of the day saw Carmel Higher Secondary School take on the St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary, a closely contested match was only decided by a moment of magic which separated the two sides.
The match began with Carmel taking the early control as their attackers’ dribbling ability bamboozled the oppositions defense although ST. Xavier’s proved threatening through their set pieces. The first chance of the match fell to Carmel where Number 11 Lifa Gama dribbled past 4 defenders to set up her teammate whose powerful shot was saved by the outstretched leg of the keeper. St. Xavier’s also had an opportunity on the 20th minute through a freekick from 25 yards out which was taken by their captain, Scindia Saundatikar whose shot was on target but too close to the keeper. The breakthrough finally arrived in the 24th minute when Number 3, Ageema Borges was put through by her captain to finish the opportunity past the keeper giving her side the 1 – 0 advantage. Carmel went into halftime with their lead intact giving them a boost for the next half.
The second half saw more attacking display by both the teams, St. Xaviers again came close through a freekick this time put just over the crossbar by their captain. Carmel’s Lifa Gama and Avia Vas were mesmerizing the oppositions defense but had no help from their forwards to convert their opportunities. Carmel’s defense gave little away in the second half but also could not capitalize on their opportunity as they hung on to the first half lead to finish the game as 1 – 0 victors.
The morale boosting victory puts Carmel Higher Secondary School through to the Finals in Goa where they face Rosary Higher Secondary School who emerged victorious against Our Lady of the Rosary Higher Secondary School by 3 goals to nil.
Junior Boys also showcased their talent with Marina English High School beating Our Lady Mother of the Poor School by a goal to nil. Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour High School also triumphed over Saviour of the World High School but needed penalties to register their win. The two teams will face each other in the Finals on Saturday 19th November at the Duler Stadium.
RFYS Junior Boys Finalists
1. Marina English High School
2. Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour High School
RFYS Senior Girls Finalists:
1. Carmel Higher Secondary School
2. Rosary Higher Secondary School
RFYS Junior Boys Scorelines:
Our Lady Mother of the Poor High School – 0 lost to Marina English High School – 1
Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour High School – 1(5) beat Saviour of the World High School – 1(4)
RFYS Senior Girls Scorelines:
St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary – 0 lost to Carmel Higher Secondary School – 1
Rosary Higher Secondary School – 3 beat Our Lady of the Rosary Higher Secondary School – 0