December 14, 2016 4:46:33 am
Indira National School, Wakad, and debutants Ramabai Vidyalaya (Marathi) and Chikalwadi worked themselves into the knock-out round in the Bajaj Allianz-Aspire India School 5s Under-12 Invitational football tournament, at the Freekick Turfs in Baner on Tuesday.
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On a day that had 46 goals scored in eight matches, Indira school pipped Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to second place and topped Group B1. Both teams finished with four points each, but Indira school qualified for the last 16, owing to lesser goals conceded. The highlight of the group was Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s 7-1 win over New Millennium School.
The group also had Samarth Joshi (Bharatiya) net five times and Vihaan Bagei (Indira) net four in the two matches.
The afternoon session had Ramabai Vidyalaya (Marathi) qualifying with an all-win record from Group B4.
Ramabai won both their matches — first posted a 9-1 win against BTIS, Balewadi, which was the highest win of the day, and then they returned to downed Aspire India Juniors 5-0 and finished with six points in their kitty.
Ramabai outfit, along with Aspire India Juniors, a Sanghvi-based Academy, are among the four underprivileged teams who have been given entry in School 5s with an aim to promote the game to every player.
Kuldeep Bhendra (Ramabai Vidyalaya) shared the top-scorer of the day honour with Samarth Joshi. Both the players netted five five goals each from their two matches. Action on Wednesday shifts to Freekick Turfs, Mundhwa.
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