St. Stanislaus clinches U-14, Division 1 inter school titleSeptember 23, 2019, Pune, Mumbai
St Stanislaus (Bandra) lads were not at their best, but they still managed to emerge champions. The Bandra schoolboys had to work extra hard to grind out a 1-0 win against persevering Campion School (Cooperage Road) in the boys’ under-14 Division I final of the MSSA inter-schools football tournament at the Neville D’Souza ground, Bandra on Saturday.
St Stanislaus’s captain Clint Fernandes scored the lone goal from a penalty in the 40th minute. Referee Umesh Patel pointed to the ‘spot’ after the ball stuck a Campion defender’s hand inside the penalty area. Clint stepped forward and fired to the top left corner, beating goalkeeper Kabir Bhatia hands down.
The level-headed Clint, with his fine anticipation and excellent reading of the game and with good support from the other defenders, built a solid wall which the opposing strikers found hard to break down.
Just before conceding the penalty, Campion’s dead-ball specialist Rayaan Pochkhanavala came close to find the net. But, his well-executed free-kick from the left side of the box, was saved by Stanislaus goalkeeper Sitanshu Shetty, who leapt high to his right to block the ball and collect it to ensure his citadel stayed intact.
School: St. Stanislaus High School