NEW DELHI: Boys Sports Company, Bangalore, beat Government Central Higher Secondary School 2-1 in an intense final of the Subroto Cup junior (under-17) football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Thursday. The teams were 1-1 at the end of the first session.
T. Jackichan Singh was a towering source of strength for the Bangalore team. He scorched the field with his strong legs carrying him to a position from where he toyed with the opposition time and again. His anticipation showed that he had a mature head on his shoulders and he did enough to help his team dictate when it mattered.
Elvis Kipgen and Y. Bobo Singh impressed upfront even as Jackichan bolstered the attack apart from boosting the midfield in the company of Tej Kumar Singh, Dukhiram Tudu and A. Ganguly.
The Boys Sports Company boasted of a compact defence in Mohan Raj Joshi, Lakhiram Tudu, Amarjit Singh and Pintu Sardar.
The Mizoram team was the one to take the initiative but it was Boys Sports Company that scored first. As early as 11th minute, Jackichan created a splendid opening but could not finish the move. The ball rolled at the goalmouth with goalkeeper Laltanpuia about to pounce on it when Bobo Singh slammed the ball in.
A minute later the scores were level when Malsawmtluanga curled the ball in from zero angle. The flight began from outside the box and swerved into the goal, giving goalkeeper Biman Nandi no chance. The Bangalore team survived a scare when Lalfakzuala drove hard but Nandi saved on his right. Next Lalfakzuala hit into the goalkeeper. The teams retired for the break with honours even.
Bangalore called the shots in the second half with Jackichan, declared the best player of the tournament, in menacing form. In the seventh minute, he scored from a free kick that whizzed past the wall and slipped through the goalkeeper’s defence.
The lapse proved fatal for the Mizoram team even though goalkeeper Laltanpuia seemed to have been unsighted.
The Boys Sports Company coach G. Venu Gopal was adjudged the best coach while the most promising player award went to Sankho Marandi of Town High School, Sundergarh.