Holy Spirit High School, Margao emerged state level winners by beating Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School, Pilar, 1-0 in the final of the U-17 boys Subroto Mukherjee inter-school football tournament organized by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) at Utorda ground on Wednesday.

The entire Holy Spirit squad comprised of boys from the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) Residential Football Academy.

The first-time crowned state champions in this category, began the play on an impressive note as they dictated pace from the middle. The Holy Spirit lads moved the ball from end to end and displayed great composure keeping possession of the ball for long spells.

Crossing over the Margao side brought in Tahir Sheikh as a substitute for Aditya Salgaokar. The lads from Pilar found it hard to get into the rhythm of the Holy Spirit team who enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession.

Few minutes before the final whistle, an excellent penetrative through ball was sent from Harsh Patre to Meevan Dias who scored the decisive match winner by placing it to the right of the onrushing keeper of Pilar. Ryan Menezes played well in the Pilar midfield but Harsh, Valington Fernandes and Saideep Pomburphekar spoiled it for him.

The GFDC Chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro congratulated the boys who represented the Holy Spirit Institute for their great performance despite being a year younger in the tournament. “These boys have proved that they are the future of Goan football. Our boys have earlier been the state level winners in the U-14 category and this is the first time they have been crowned state champions in the U-17 category,” told Dr Rufino.

While, the Head Coach and Technical In charge of GFDC, Derryl D’Souza also praised the performance put in by the boys.

 “The boys have shown a positive mentality every time they made decisions with and without the ball. They were tactically disciplined and thus eventually became State champions. I am very happy for the boys and thank my Assistant Coaches and support staff for this fabulous result. It is great news for GFDC,” he told.

Earlier in the South District final, Holy Spirit got the better of Miracles High School, Sanguem, 5-0.

GFDC journey in the Subroto Tournament this year

Match Match played between Full Time score
1st match Holy Spirit H.S, Margao v/s Infant Jesus, High School, Cuncolim


2nd match Holy Spirit High School, Margap v/s St. Alex High Secondary School, Curtorim


3rd match Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s Our  Lady of Rosary High School, Fatorda


4th match Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s Rosary Higher Secaondary School, Navelim 1-0
5th match


Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s Fr. Agnel Multipurpose Higher Secondary School, Verna 3-0
6th match


Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s St. Ann’s Canacona 4-0
7th match Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s Miracles High School, Sanguem  5-0
8th match Holy Spirit High School, Margao v/s Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School, Pilar 1-0