CHANDIGARH, OCT 10 :Carmel Convent School, Sector 9 will challenge St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 in the final of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Girls Football Championship for Dr Kamesh Bhargava Memorial Trophy being organised by the Chandigarh Football Association at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here tomorrow at 9.30 a.m.
St Stephen’s School outplayed Mount Carmel Convent, Sector 47 by 3-0 and well-balanced Carmel Convent got the better of formidable Sacred Heart of Sector 26 by an aggregate 5-3 margin in tie-braker after the teams played a one-all draw in the stipulated 60-minute period.
In a closely fought semi-final, Carmel Convent forged ahead in the 17th minute when Sachi Shante netted in a solo effort after getting possession of the ball near the half line.
Sacred Heart restored parity in the 32nd minute. Initiating a move from the left flank, Sahiba nicely minused to Arshjot who made promptly dispatched it over the goalline. Sacred Heart had an upper hand for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
The later half of the second session belonged to Carmel Convent. Both teams failed to score another goal which resulted in a one-one draw. The organisers applied the tie-breaker rule to resolve the dispute.
Carmel Convent converted their spot kicks through Meghna, Namrata Kochhar Geising, Sarika Kumar and Ekta Kochhar Geising. Devika Pathak muffed her spot kick. For Sacred Heart, Parinaa and Arshjot successfully converted their penalties. Manpreet and Ibaddat failed with their efforts.
Earlier, Harleen Randhawa steered St Stephen’s School into final as her team blanked Mount Carmel of Sector 47 by 3-0. Harleen scored a fine brace. She opened Stephen’s account straight from the kickoff. Harleen got a through ball. She beat a couple of defenders before banging home her team’s first goal.
Mount Carmel then started defending their goal with redoubled vigour and did not concede another goal till the 40th minute. Following a flag kick in the 40th minute, Madhu Saini guided the ball into the goal from a close range. Harleen then completed the winners’ tally in the 46th minute.
Haryana MLA and former Union Minister of State, Government of India, Venod Kumar Sharma, who is also president of the Chandigarh Football Association, witnessed the semi-finals. He also interacted with the players.