SPORTING LEOPARDS MAKE WINNING A HABIT AS THEY ADD YET ANOTHER STAR TO THEIR BADGE.
Reported By: Rev.Fr. Rupesh Tauro.
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character –John Wooden.
Histories do repeat: 31st March 2019, when history repeated itself for the Kinnigolians for the 2nd time in the span of 5 months.
The Football Fans around Kinnigoli and the players of Sporting Kinnigoli weren’t just able to come out of the celebrations from the victory at DBYC Shirva in November 2018 and there was yet another breathtaking performance by the Leopards at the newly established turf field in Mangalore, City Arena -Kodialguthu. In the Inter Parish tournament Organized by Bajjodi FC , where 26 teams from different parishes across Mangalore Diocese Participated and once again Sporting Kinnigoli emerged as 2nd best among the many.
As the leopards stepped into the tournament with immense enthusiasm and carrying a lot of expectations on their shoulders, they clashed against the mighty Kulshekar Parish in the 1st round. Players from Sporting Kinnigoli did not back off from playing attacking game against one of the best teams in the diocese and went on to defeat them by a huge margin of 4 goals to Nil. Brian, the emerging young talent from Kinnigoli scored 3 goals making him the 1st ever player from
In the Quarter finals, Kinnigoli faced the Young and energetic team from Paldane Parish. Where the Leopards won in style by 3 goals to 2. Once again Allan being the star performer scoring a brace. Brian scored the remainder as Kinnigoli took a lead of 3 nil. Paldane showed a fighting character by hitting back 2 goals, but it was a too little too late scenario for them as it was the Leopards from Kinnigoli who had the last laugh at the final whistle heading to the semi-finals.
The Stakes were set high for the Semifinals as Kinnigoli faced yet another city giants Angelore. The game began at a blistering pace as the Leopards scored 2 goals within 5 mins in the 1st half, Allan again striking the opener and Aaron Saldanha finishing the 2nd goal smartly. It was just a matter of another half between Sporting Kinnigoli and the finals. Defensive dynamics of Moses, Loyet and Meldon did a brilliant job back in their own half not allowing the opponents to penetrate. Aaron Dsouza benefitted the team with his vital saves in front of the goal which helped in shutting out the Angelore attack and getting through to the big finals.
In the Finals, Kinnigoli faced home team Bajjodi, may be the best team of Mangalore in the inter parish division at present. Bajjodi emerged out as the better team as they defeated the tired legs of Kinnigoli quite comfortably and registered an emphatic victory in front of the home crowd.
Nevertheless, Sporting Kinnigoli proved their worth by winning yet another glory to the club by claiming the Runners up trophy in Bajjodi cup 2k19. The standards set by Sporting Kinnigoli in past few years has provided a great platform for emerging young boys of Kinnigoli and its surrounding to showcase their talent. Hence, everybody hopes this amazing journey of Sporting Kinnigoli continues in upcoming tournaments and future years as well.
MELDON RICK TAURO (C)
AARON D’SOUZA (GK)
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