Govt Sports School storm into title clash

Santhosh Kumar and Mani Maran struck on either side of the break as the home side wrapped up the six-team league engagements in second place with 10 points at the Bala Gangadharanatha Swamy International Residential School ground.

In the final on Saturday at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Government Sports School will lock horns with the impressive Kolkatan school Sukantha Nagar Vidhya Niketan, who topped the league with 15 points after trouncing CRPF School, Rohini 2-0 in their final game.

Don Bosco High School, Matunga, who were also in contention for a final berth, were held to a 0-0 stalemate by St Joseph’s BHH School, Calicut. The Matunga school thus finished third in the standings with seven points.

Knowing a win would gurantee them a spot in the title round, Government Sports School began on a cautious note before getting into their groove post the quarter-hour mark.
Santhosh, who has led the attack superbly for the home side throughout the tournament, put them ahead with a fine finish from close range in the 23rd minute.

Attacking relentlessly post the opening goal, Government Sports School sealed the match in the 38th minute, thanks to a superb solo effort from Mani Maran R.

Results: Government Sports School, Bangalore: 2 (Santhosh Kumar 23rd, Mani Maran R 38th) bt Infant Jesus High School, Goa: 0; Sukantha Nagar Vidhya Niketan, Kolkata: 2 (Mutassir Siddique 35th, 44th) bt CRPF School, Rohini: 0; Don Bosco High School, Matunga: 0 drew St Joseph’s BHH School, Calicut: 0.

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