NEW DELHI,PTI | Sep 20, 2012: Oriental English School, Manipur defeated Government Mizo High School, Mizoram by a solitary goal to clinch the inaugural Under-17 girls’ title of the Subroto Cup football tournament on Thursday.
The Manipur girls began the summit clash as underdogs against the free scoring Mizo school side, whose star striker Offee Lalmingahualpuia had scored 14 goals in five matches before the final.
But in the final, Lalmingahualpuia was shadowed throughout and hardly got a scoring opportunity. The Manipur girls concentrated on fortifying their citadel and MK Kashmina showed brilliant presence of mind to nod home the winner in the 36th minute off a flag kick, which proved decisive.
On the other hand, Government Mizo school players looked lacking in Plan B once Lalmingahualpuia was heavily marked and that cost them the match.
Manipur coach RK Amusana gave full credit to the team for the success saying they executed the plan brilliantly.
“We had specific plans for the games. We had studied the opponents and had ensured that Offee was marked well. Our players did a good job in executing the plan and that is the reason for our success,” said Amusana, who was also named the Best Coach of the tournament.
The Manipur school took home a prize purse of Rs 2 lakh while the runners-up had to settle for Rs 1 lakh.
There was sizeable crowd to witness the final, prominent among them being Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chowhan, international Sushmita Mallick and India’s first women’s team captain Shanti Mallick. The trio was felicitated by the Subroto Mukherjee Education Sports Society and Indian Air Force for winning the SAF Championships.
Best Goalkeeper: K Lalhruaizeli (Govt Mizo High School, Mizoram).
Best Player: Lhingneikim Kips (Oriental English School, Manipur).
Highest Scorer: Offee Lalmingahualpuia (Govt Mizo High School, Mizoram).
PTI | Sep 20, 2012