Day 8 Round-up: Rustomjee Kenkre Champions League


Day 8 of Kenkre Champions League 2016 took place on Sunday 28th February. The entire day’s play consisted of 54 matches played across 4 pitches and a turf. The beauty of this league is that little kids get to play every week and showcase their talent, their skills in front of highly experienced coaches and their wonderfully supportive parents. The eight day of KCL 2016 was the penultimate day and it lived up to everyone’s expectations. KCL promotes youth of this city and that is certainly a great initiative. The category of age groups are Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14.

The Under 8 matches took place on the turf. The very first match on the turf in the Under 8 category saw Scottish Studs face AB Champs. AB Champs emerged victorious over Scottish Studs winning 3-0. A brace from Vedant Agarwal and a goal from Aryan Jetha was enough to win the game. AB Champs faced Scottish Avengers in their second match of the day.  AB Champs managed to edge Scottish Avengers to a 3-2 win building on their 3-0 win earlier over Scottish Studs. Shauryajit Singh and Ishan Singh scored for Scottish Avengers whereas goals from Saveer Solanki, Vedant Agarwal and Ishan Jhingan won it for AB Champs. OneWorld Tamasha defeated Lions by 4-0. Palash Anam scored a brace while Meet Rajpal and Ashutosh Tiwari complemented him with a goal each. The best of the Under 8 matches on Day 8.

Under 10 category also saw some breath taking encounters. The very first match in the Under 10 category witnessed Super Strikers face Balmohan Utd B on the turf. Super Strikers claimed a 3-0 victory with Khush Gatthani, Ivaan Shringi and Arhaan Bhat getting the goals. Scottish Strikers raced to a 4-1 victory over FSI. Arjun Jhaveri was the hat-trick hero as he starred the match with his sensational three goals. Arnav Srivastava complemented him with a goal to his name. Navneet Sabarinath scored the only goal for FSI. Golden Eaglets registered a 4-0 victory over OneWorld Blufury. Tvaamiv Pandya scored a brace while Aarav Bhuta and Veer Shah netted a goal each. Predators beat FSI A by 4-0. Dev Gupta scored a brace whereas Abhishek Shah and Yuvraj Shah scored a goal each. FFA recorded a staggering 5-0 victory over Soccer Stars. Jaffer Mala scored a brace. Hamza Motiwala, Sumeet Kamath and Ziev Chheda scored a goal each. It was a goal fest for St Stanislaus as they beat Soccer Stars by 7-0. Calvin Fernandes and Branch Mathew both scored a brace. Parth Sutar, Vivian Sanghvi and Atharva Bhandare scored a goal each. OIS United raced to a 5-2 win over R B United. Ishan Chak’s brace laid the foundation for the win as he was complemented by Siddhant Salvi and Maahir Gupta. Aaryan Munshi and Zavreh Turner scored for R B United.

The Under 12 and Under 14 categories had the best matches of the day. Some very close games and some very dominant performances. The best match of KCL Day 8 was the under 12 game between Chargers and Dynamites where the Chargers edged the Dynamites by 3-2. Jaden Irani was the star of the match scoring two goals. One of them being from the centre line. Kaustubh Mathur netted the winner for Chargers. Rishang Chokri and Craig Salve scored for Dynamites with Craig Salve’s goal also being scored from the centre line.   Chargers also managed to edge FSI A for a 2-1 win. Sachit Shetty scored a brace for the Chargers while Tanish Saigal got one back for FSI A. Another impressive team were Blue Devil who won both their matches convincingly.  Blue Devils scored six past Western Indian Utd as they registered a 6-0 win. Tanish Kathuria scored a brace. Anirudh Fadia, Indrajeet Parchure and Arihaan Das also were on target. In their second match Blue Devils registered a 4-0 win over FFA (BLUE). Arihaan Das, Tanish Kathuria, Ryan Davar and Sudanshu Naik were on the score sheet. Bosco Dragons managed one of the biggest victories of the day. They recorded an 11-0 win over Super Smashers. Aryann Jhunjhunwala scored 5 of those goals. Harsh Palande and Keith Fernandes scored two each. Errol Noronha and Gareen Shah rounded off the scoring. Where there were only high scoring matches, one of them was a close contest as FFA (BLUE) were held to a 2-2 draw by Golden Eaglets. Hamza Kapadia and Amog Akshikar scored for FFA (BLUE). Fahaan Trivedi and Vividh Mahajan netted for Golden Eaglets.

Two good matches in the Under 14 category consisted of the Gladiators and Bosco Antonovs. Gladiators recorded a 15-0 win over Super Sonics. The biggest win of the day. Shane Aranha scored a staggering 7 goals. Moksh Surve scored 4 goals while Vincent Charles and Khatib Mohammed scored two goals each in this goal fest. Bosco Antonovs thumped FSI B by 14-1.  Mannan and Nathan scored four goals each. Mikhail scored a brace. Joshua D’Souza and Lance scored a goal each.

The day concluded with teams receiving their participation certificates. The next Sunday marks the final day of KCL 2016. Before the Go Green tournament begins, it was a great time for all the kids and their parents turning out in huge numbers at the Don Bosco ground. As mentioned by the coaches, these tournaments are a step in the right direction for the game of football to be recognised in India. With KCL coming to an end next week, the kids will surely miss waking up on Sunday and coming to play with their enthusiasm.

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