PY Nuvem lift Pacheco Trophy
HERALD CORRESPONDENT / MARGAO, AUG 29, 2010
Parish Youth, Nuvem scored a 4-3 tie-breaker victory over Betalbatim Sporting Club to emerge champions in Joao Francisco Pacheco memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Betalbatim Sporting Club at Betalbatim Sports Complex on Sunday. The teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation period.
Both teams struggled in the opening session due to the soggy condition of the ground. As a result, play was restricted to the midfield.
As the match progressed, Parish Youth took over their reins and enjoyed a lion share of the exchanges with midfielders Remy Colaco and Daniel Colaco showing their class which never allowed Betalbatim to have a say in the middle of the park.
Parish Youth nearly broke the deadlock but Dickson Rogtao’s snap shot missed the mark narrowly.
Parish Youth continued to hold sway over their opponents and created many forays into the rival penalty area but their efforts were thwarted by Betalbatim stopper back Desmond Fernandes with neat tackles.
Betalbatim occasionally raided the rival citadel but Parish Youth defenders were stubborn and never allowed them to have a look at the goal with Tony Colaco being rock solid.
Betalbatim nearly struck the match-winner but Dickson Rogtao’s pile driver was blocked by the Nuvem goalkeeper.
Parish Youth goal had a charmed life late in the second half when Dickson Rogtao’s goal bound shot was saved on the goalline by Neves Noronha.
In the tie-breaker, Parish Youth emerged winners scoring through Remy Colaco, Neves Noronha, Neville Fernandes and Daniel Colaco while Desmond Fernandes, Dickson Rogtao and Hayston D’Costa were on target for Betalbatim.
Parish Youth, Nuvem were richer by Rs 30,000 plus the trophy while Betalbatim Sporting Club had to settle for Rs 20,000 plus the trophy.
Following prizes were awarded: Best goalkeeper of final Flyod Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best defender of final Tony Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best half Dickson Rogtao of Betalbatim Sporting Club. Best forward of final Joe Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. First goal of final Desmond Fernandes of Betalbatim Sporting Club. Farewell goal of final Daniel Colaco of Parish Youth.
Earlier, Michael Pereira, Sarpanch of Betalbatim welcomed. Francisco Sardinha, MP was the chief guest. Damu Naik, MLA was the guest of honour. Viola Fernandes, presided.
Sardinha, Naik and Fernandes gave away the prizes. Nelly Rodrigues, Zilla Panchayat member, Colva; Wilfred Babashan D’Sa, Zilla Panchayat member, Nuvem; Domnic Gaunkar, Zilla Panchayat member, Raia; Fr Jose Ubaldino D’Cunha, Angela Borges, Sarpanch Colva, Carmelina Fernandes, Sarpanch of Benaulim, Visitation D’Silva, sarpanch, Majorda, Advocate Anacleto Viegas, Dr Hubert Gomes were the special invitees. Speaking on the occasion, Sardinha assured the villagers that the works of stands and laying the new turf will be taken soon under the MPLAD fund.