Holy Spirit Institute, Margao beat Pope John XXIII, High School, Quepem 5-0 to emerge winners in the south district U-17 boy’s football tournament at the astroturf football ground, Fatorda on Saturday. This tournament is organized by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA).

The Holy Spirit squad comprised of majority of the boys from the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) Residential Football Academy and is coached by Derryl D’souza.

They 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.

In the first half, Holy Spirit team was leading 4-0 which saw a fine hat-trick by Aditya Salgaonkar and a goal by Robin Gomes. From the Quepem side, Hyson made attempts to penetrate the rival defense but the midfielders from Holy Spirit foiled their plan and completely dominated the first half proceedings.

Crossing over the lads from Quepem found it hard to get into the rhythm of the Holy Spirit team who enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession. Richard Carvalho marshaled the Holy Spirit defense and gave no space for the rival team strikers. Nathan Rodrigues scored the final goal of the match few minutes before the final whistle could blow.

They are now qualified for the U- 17 boys football state final.

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