Pune, October 20, 2016: Reliance Foundation Youth Sports College Football continues to bring out the best in Amateur Football in the country as Pune saw the College Boys group stages reach its penultimate stage. The match of the day at Agashe College saw Garware College take on Christ College, the match was graced by the presence of FC Pune City defenders Rahul Bheke and Narayan Das who interacted with the two sets of players, offering advice and motivating them. The two defenders were certainly impressed by the defensive display and organisation of the two teams as Christ College just managed to get past their counterparts in an intense Group A match.
The two teams started the match with Garware College in second position and Christ College in third with both the teams desperately needing a win to maintain their qualification hopes alive. Christ College started the manage off with great composure in midfield dominating the early exchanges. The possession based system from Christ College saw them attacking their opposition a bit more as Garware looked to play on the counter attack. The first opportunity of the match fell to Christ College from a freekick on the right wing. The freekick floated in was met by the Christ College defender, Alex who mistimed his header putting it well wide of the goal. Garware College showed great defensive resolve as Christ College struggled to find a way past the stern Garware defense. The breakthrough would finally come in the 38th minute when a lapse in concentration from Garware saw Christ College’s striker, Prabhu Bhandari get in behind the defense who rifled his shot from 10 yards out into the bottom left corner to give Christ College the 1 – 0 advantage. Garware’s keeper was also in fine form as he kept his side in the game as he saved a powerful header from Prabhu following a corner. Christ College were the happier of the two sides going into the break with a 1 – 0 advantage.
The second half saw Garware College pose more of an attacking threat as they looked to get back into the game. It was Christ College’s turn to show their defensive prowess in front of the FC Pune City defenders. Garware College had more possession of the ball in the second half but chances were few and far between as they did not create a single threatening chance to trouble the Christ College goalkeeper. Christ College had a great chance at the hour mark but the shot was parried away by the Garware keeper. Christ College’s stern defense managed to close out the match as they registered an important victory to overtake their opponents to move to the second place. Christ College only trail Poona College of Arts Science & Commerce on goal difference.
FC Pune City’s Rahul Bheke presented the man of the match award to Garware’s goalkeeper Sanket Kanse who put on a spirited display to keep his side in contention throughout the match making a string of fine saves. The two players also talked of how important it was to motivate young players and how important it is for the players to keep working hard and always give their best for the team. They also recognized the need for initiatives such as Reliance Foundation Youth Sports in providing young athletes the needed experience and mass exposure. The two defensive stalwarts also interacted with the young athletes guiding them and encouraging them to carry on in their footballing dream.
RFYS College Boys Scorelines:
Garware College of Commerce – 0 lost to Christ College – 1
Dr. DY Patil Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Institute – 0 lost to Pune Institute of Computer Science – 2
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