A tactically brilliant Oriental English School, Manipur, got the better of Government Mizo High School, Mizoram, by a solitary goal to become the first girls’ under-17 champion in the Subroto Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Thursday.
The Manipur girls began the summit clash as underdogs against the free-scoring Mizo team, whose star striker Offee Lalmingahualpuia had scored 14 goals in five matches before the final in the inaugural edition of the girls’ under-17 tournament.
But she was marked tightly throughout the final, and hardly got a scoring opportunity. The Manipur girls concentrated on fortifying their citadel and M.K. Kashmina showed brilliant presence of mind to nod home the winner in the 36th minute off a flag kick. It was to prove the winner.
The results: Oriental English School 1 (M.K. Kashmina 36) bt Government Mizo High School 0.
Boys: U-17 : M.S.P. Higher Secondary School, Malappuram, Kerala 3 ( Sabith 2, Salman) bt St. Stanislaus School, Bhagalpur, Bihar 1 (Patras); Navyug School, Avenue I, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi 1 (Suraj) bt Bangladesh Cadet College, Chittagong 0.
Other awardees: Best goalkeeper: K. Lalhruaizeli (Government Mizo High School); Best player: Lhingneikim Kips (Oriental English School); Highest scorer: Offee Lalmingahualpuia (Government Mizo High School).
Best coach: R.K. Amusana (Oriental English School); Fair Play: Ramakrishna Sarada Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu.