St Joseph’s HS (Wadala) fought hard to beat Christ Church (Byculla) 5-4 via tie-breaker defeat in the quarter-finals of the boys’ U-16 Ahmed Sailor MSSA inter-school football tournament at the St Francis D’Assisi HS ground, Borivli, on Friday.
After a barren first half, Div-II runners-up St Joseph’s scored immediately after resumption when Tanmay Sawant put the finishing touch to a well-constructed move down the middle. Stung by that setback, Div-I outfit Christ Church regrouped and launched a series of attacks. They finally found the equaliser in stoppage time through striker Abdaar Chashmawala, taking the match into the tie-breaker.
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In the tense shootout, St Joseph’s converted all five kicks, through Tanmay, Kishore Thakula, Khan Bilal, Dominic Francis and Nathan Barretto. Christ Church converted just four, through Abdaar, Kavya Rathod, Farhan Khan and Muhammad Mojawala.
Earlier, Div-II champions Cambridge School (Kandivli) continued their impressive run, beating Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) 2-0 in another Last-8 match. Ninad Mohite (sixth minute) and Neel Shah in the (17th minute) scored for Cambridge.
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