by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, AUG 22, 2016: Don Bosco High School, Matunga is known for its sporting prowess and the young sportsmen from the institution did their school proud yet again by lifting the MSSA Under-16 football title, by beating St. Stanislaus School, Bandra in a tense final that was decided 4-1 via a shootout at Cooperage grounds on August 18.
The Matunga side played flawless football till the semi-final stage, but they somehow found themselves behind by a goal in the very first quarter of the finals.
Parents, past and present students, staff and many well-wishers though did not lose hope and continued to back their players. They did not disappoint, as Mannan Dang helped Don Bosco draw level after he found the net in the second half. Both sides remained locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
In the tie-breaker that followed, Shelton Fernandes, Dang, Joshua D'Souza, Aman Manghi and Aryan Hukumchand found the net and helped Don Bosco to yet another title.
"It is special feeling to score and contribute for the team. We wanted to win it for Leslie sir. The whole team fought for each other. We always do but played harder for the finals," Dang said.
Leslie Machado, who has coached the team for 25 years, said "It's indeed a fantastic gift. What is more important is that we have regained this crown after a two year gap. We had won it six times in a row before this. Winning in the penalties is not the right way. We should have done it within the regulation time. But we played badly in the first half. Both teams looked weighed down by the big occasion as there were plenty of hits and misses."