Members of the Greenwood Higher Secondary School, Nagaland, with the Subroto Cup on Monday.
Playing with 10 players from the start did not have any negative effect on Greenwood Higher Secondary School, Nagaland. After levelling the game at 1-1 in the 50-minute regulation play, they defeated Kalyangarh Bidyamandir, West Bengal, 3-1 in the tiebreaker of the u-14 final of the Subroto Cup here on Monday.
Last year's runners-up Greenwood, who were penalised because some of their players were found to be overage,never allowed the Bengal team to dominate. Greenwood goalkeeper Neithovilie also played his role to perfection as he made some fine saves in regulation time and was also the hero in the tie-breaker.
Neithovilie stopped the spot-kicks of Sanjib Bhowmick, Sourav Biswas and Sarajit Biswas.
Nyithung, Osen and skipper Lellen converted their spot-kicks for the Nagaland side. But Kalyangarh would rue that they were not able to make optimum use of their numerical advantage. Greenwood could have grabbed the winner in extra time when Nyithung's right-footer from the edge of the box rattled the bar.
The Bengal school tried to press forward but the Greenwood boys defended stoutly and the midfielders often fell back to support the backline.
"This is my first time and it was a fabulous opportunity and I learnt a lot from this experience," said Neithovilie, whose team clinched the title after four years.
Meanwhile, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) shortlisted 25 boys for one-time scholarship of Rs.10,000, and 15 of them will be adopted by the Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society for further training.
In the girls' under-17 quarter-finals, Oriental English School, Manipur, got the better of Government Higher Secondary School, Nagaland, in sudden death.
With both the teams locked at 1-1 after extra time, the penalty shootout was also an even affair with each of them converting all the five shots. Oriental goalkeeper Pinky D then stopped the first shot in sudden death to take her team to the semi-finals.
In the other last-eight match, Government High School, Alkapuri, Haryana, rode on a fourth-minute strike from Sanju to beat the NCC team 1-0.