CHANDIGARH, AUG 13 :Hosts St Xavier’s School, Sector 44 are in line for a triple title as their teams have qualified for finals in the Under12, Under-14 and Under-19 categories in the St Xavier’s Six-A-Side Soccer Championship being played here.
For the title they face Shishu Niketan, Sector 22 in the Under-19 final and their clash for the Under-14 trophy will be against St Solider’s International School, Sector 28. St Xavier’s are pitted against St Sabir School, Sector 26 in the Under-14 final. All finals will be played tomorrow at the St Xavier’s School, Sector 44 ground.
Ben William gave an outstanding dribbling and ball control as he netted four goals, including a hat-trick as St Xavier’s outplayed Shivalik Public School of Mohali by an impressive margin of 7-0 in the Under-14 semi-final encounter. It was Rajat who opened the account for St Xavier’s in the second minute and Mohit made it 2-0 in the 8th minute. Thereafter, it was virtually Ben William vs Shivalik Public School. Ben scored four goals in quick succession in the 17th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th minutes. Vikas completed SPS’s rout with a goal in the 25th minute,
St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28 edged out plucky St Kabir School, Sector 26 by 2-1 in an interesting Under-14 semi-final via tie-breaker. The evenly-matched schools played a goalless draw and the tie-breaker rule was applied to break the deadlock. Sumit and Nikhil converted their penalties for St Soldier’s. Sanchit converted his spot kick to reduce the margin of St Kabir School.
St Kabir, however, have the consolation of storming into the Under-14 final after routing St Solider’s International of Mohali by 6-1. St Soldier’s were the first to jump into the lead in the 8th minute through Rajdeep.
St Kabir hit back with a vengeance. Uday stole the thunder by pumping in five goals in the 9th, 12th, 13th, 15thand 20th minute. Arnav completed the winners’ tally in the 25th minute.
Propped up by a Tejbir’s brace St Xavier’s School, Sector 44 ousted DAV Public School, Sector 8 by 2-0 in the Under-19 semi-final match. Tejbir found the net in the 6th and 22nd minutes. In the second semi-final, Shishu Niketan-22 elbowed out DAV School, Sector 15 by a solitary goal scored by Nitin Negi in the 10th minute.
The first final between St Kabir and St Xavier’s in Under-12 category will be played at 9 a.m.
Results (semi-finals): Under-12: St Kabir School-26 (Uday 9th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 20th, Arnav 25th) bt St Solider’s Mohali (Rajdeep 8th) 6-1. St Xavier’s School-44 (Gagan 10th, Himanshu 16th, Nilesh 20th) bt Straberry Fields-26 3-0.
Under-14 (semi-finals): St Xavier’s-44 (Ben William 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, Rajat 2nd, Mohit 8th, Vikas 25th) bt Shivalik Public School, Mohali 7-0. St Soldier’s International-28 (Sumit, Nikhil) bt St Kabir-26 (Sanchit) 2-1 on penalties.
Under-19 (semi-finals): Shishu Niketan-22 (Nitin Negi 10th) bt DAV-15 1-0. St Xavier’s-44 (Tejbir Singh 6th and 22nd) DAV Public-8 2-0.