Maharashtra set up a date with Bengal
South Point notch up 310-run victory
PSB beat TN to retain title
Eight events in last day’s card

Thrissur, April 17 

Goa and Maharashtra played out a 1-1 draw in their last group league match of the national football championship for the Santosh Trophy today, and, in the process, Bengal might just have got a decent deal for their semi-final. They meet Maharashtra Thursday, but Goa come up against hosts Kerala the day before.

Maharashtra finished atop group Y with seven points, followed by Goa two points adrift.

There was little to write home about in the initial moments of the match. There was little imagination in the attacks, and Juje Siddi under the Goa bar was pretty steady.

In the 38th minute of the match, Manjit Singh of Maharashtra took off from a Khalid Siddique pass and was into the box when Siddi was onto him in a flash. Manjit failed to control and the goalkeeper was able to move out a sure shot at goal to a flag-kick that yielded zilch. That signalled the end of an unimpressive, goalless first half.

More action was evident in the second half, with both teams trying to avoid the top position and a match-up with Kerala in the semi-final. The home crowd here can tear apart any opposition, and nerves can fray too easily. The general Goan domination, though was pretty obvious.

In the 13th minute of the half, Goan substitute attacker Levy Coelho was up the right and to the right corner of the box. He sent in an angular, rising pass to the goalmouth and Mario Soares jumped to tap in, eluding Maharashtra goalkeeper S. Rajan.

Maharashtra came back strongly after the reverse, but the Goans remained in the counter-attacks. In the 19th minute of the second session an Alvito D’Cunha shot came off the bottom of the near upright, before Mohammed Najeeb of Maharashtra shot wide from close.

Accounts were finally settled in the 31st minute of the second half, off a hotly contested flag-kick that Khalid Jamil took and sent high to the to the top of the box. Strangely, Juje hardly moved as substitute Bungo Singh sent home a lazily swerving volley from nearly 20 yards.

The usual exchanges followed, much energy was wasted, and even a rather rotund Bruno Coutinho was tried out for a few futile moments. The semi-final line-up remained the same.    

Calcutta, April 17 
South Point High School thrashed South End HS by 310 runs in the Parle G-CAB under-19 school meet.

In other action today, Mohammed Jan HS, Ballygunge Government HS, Calcutta Boys and Sir Nripendra Nath HS won their respective league games.    

Calcutta, April 17 
Thrilling moments, up-and-coming teams like the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works stunning more experinced opponents and goals aplenty. The Servo 105th Beighton Cup had it all. But one thing did not change — the champions. The crown rests pretty on Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) who had come here as the defendign champions.

In the final at Mohun Bagan ground today, PSB got past a fighting Tamil Nadu XI 2-1 to retain the title.

Parminder Singh put the champions ahead in the 17th minute, and Saranjit Singh consolidated in the second half (38th minute). Gopinath pulled one back for Tamil Nadu XI in the 42nd minute.

The first half was dominated by the young Tamil Nadu XI, but PSB created the only positive chance off which they scored. Sanjeev Kumar Dang’s cross from left found Parminder, who, in a flash shot towards the goal to put his team ahead.

Apart from this goal, little happened in the first half. But PSB were quick to widen the margin in the second half, when following a penalty corner, Saranjit decieved the Tamil Nadu defenders to strike home.

Down by two goals, the Tamil Nadu team realised that the match was slipping away and started to mount pressure. And their efforts bore fruits in the 42nd minute, when Gopinath’s solo effort resulted in a goal.

He received the ball outside the D, dribbled past a couple of defenders and shot home for the consolation goal.

Ironically, the tempo of the match increased after this, with Tamil Nadu XI trying their level best to equalise, and PSB trying to score an insurance goal. Despite a number of good attacking moves, no goals materialised.

During the course of the match PSB got six penalty corners, while Tamil Nadu XI got four.

The champions go home richer by Rs 1 lakh, while the runners-up got Rs 50,000. Nagendran of Tamil Nadu XI was named the best player of the tournament, and he received Rs 10,000.    

Calcutta, April 17 
There six aspiring to win the 1,400m Ardiles Cup for horses in Class II which takes the top-spot in the concluding day’s eight-event race-card on Wednesday. First race starts at 1.35 pm.


1. Gridiron Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 1.35 pm: Art Smart 61; Aristotemus 60; Avionic 60; Swingtime (Incl. 5 kg. extra) 62.5; Kinko-zan 57; Armila 53; Solid Gold 47.

2. Ardiles Cup 1,400m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 2.05 pm: Kansai 60; Jeweller 58; Remember The Day 56.5; Gentle Priest 56.5; Allodium 56.5; Citadel 55.5.

3. Espoir Handicap, Div-I 1,100m (Handicap, 3-y-o only, Rt. 00-28) 2.35 pm: Abstone Queen 60; Crucible 59.5; Ardon 58; Eau Savage 58; Fencai late Prodigious 57.5; Airs Image 57; Little Boy Blue 56.5; Aeolian 56; Ingleside 55; Golden Heart 54.5.

4. Quincy Handicap 1,200m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 3.15 pm: Dancing Fire 60; All Heart 59; Staffordshire 58.5; Swash Buckler 58.5; Sky Hawk 58; Kargil Soldier 58; Storm Trooper 56.5; Consul’s Secret 56.5; Super Smile 56.5; Mountain Memory 55.5; Storm Centre (Incl. 5 kg. extra) 60; Iron Warrior 54.5; Call Now 54; Diplomatic Gesture 53.5; Cup Of Life 52.

5. Espoir Handicap, Div-II 1,100m (Handicap, 3-y-o only, Rt. 00-28) 3.45 pm: Privy Council 60; Fibonacci 59.5; Almond Rock 58.5; Strictly Royal 58; Annalee 58; Ring Dancer 57; Alocina 56.5; Ballard Lady 55; Whitney 55.

6. Phakos Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, 22-50) 4.15 pm: As You Please 60; Tejeni 58.5; Royal Ruler 54.5; Friendly Knight 54.5; Work Order 51.5; Bernadine 51.5; Constantine 51.

7. Magnanimous Cup 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 4.45 pm: American 61; Jayaashva 58; Hurricane Star 57.5; Crown Prince 57; Black Mane 56; Amistad 54.5; Single Dawn 54; Supreme Desire 53; Global Harmony 53; Flying Power 53; Run Ahead 51; Rheinheart 49.5; Armed Alarm 48.

8. Favorite Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 0-28) 5.15 pm: Magic Ring 60; Tequila Shot 60; Noble Canonire 57; Double Dancer 55.5; Tribal Warlord 55.5; Go India Go (Incl. 5 kg. Extra) 56.5; Knight Charmer 51; Dizzy Diver 49.5; Zingari 47.5.

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7; & 8.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 6; 7; 8.    


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