Thursday, February 5, 2009
Parish Youth Nuvem lift Nagoa Cup
PY Nuvem lift Nagoa Cup
HERALD SPORTS DESK
PANJIM, FEB 2,2009
Parish Youth of Nuvem defeated Curtorim Gymkana 2-0 and lifted the Nagoa Panchayat Cup and Rs 15,000 in the finals of all-Goa football tournament organized by Pax of Nagoa Sports Club at Nagoa grounds on Sunday. They led 1-0 at the break.
The Sunday crowd was treated to some beautiful soccer with the Nuvem boys playing a tactical game. It once looked as if Curtorim Gymkana, the pre-final favourites, would outsmart Nuvem Youth but it proved incorrect as Nuvem gave a good account of themselves with Francis Noronha mesmerising the Curtorim defence. He even scored a brilliant goal in the 12th minute.
In the second half, Curtorim Gymkana played with renewed vigour and tried every trick in their book to level terms, but the defence of Nuvem Youth withstood Curtorim’s dangerous moves with ease.
With the supporters of both teams in full force, the game turned agressive with both the players trying to outwit each other, but somehow the Curtorim lads could not click as a team.
Nuvem Boys ,who came with a specific game plan ,further upset Curtorim scoring their second goal through Remy Colaco.
Earlier, a warm welcome was accorded to the chief guest, Power Minister, Aleixo Sequeira and the guest of honour, GFA spokesman and Executive Committee Member, Tonito Botelho, who is also the Chairman of Youth Football Development and AIFF’s Deputy.Chairman, Players’ Status Committee. Sarpanch,.Domingos Dias was also present.
Following prizes were awarded: Runners-up Curtorim - Trophy and Rs 10,000. Player of the tournament and man-of-the match - Francis Noronha. Best disciplined team - St.Sebastiao Boys of Murida. Best forward - Franky Martins of Curtorim Gymkana. Most promising player Stephen Baretto of Parish Youth of Nuvem.
Carmelino Machado, Pax of Nagoa President welcomed. General Secretary, Savio Pinto spoke. He asked that the ground should be handed over to the panchayat and that stands and dressing rooms be built and added that more land needed to be acquired so as to build the eastern stand.
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of Maxi Fernandes ,an ardent club member, who breathed his last recently.
Joe Dias, Cultural Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.