Ave Maria enter play-off


Ave Maria  A &W Club, Benaulim lived up to their true form beating Salcete FC by a tennis score (6-0)  in the GFA under-14 football league to top group ‘A’  in the concluding group match of GFA’s under-14 football league played at Assolna grounds on Monday.
Ave Maria thus qualified of the play-off in grand style, remaining unbeaten in the group.
Ave Maria were leading 3-0 at half time. Sezvin Fernandes scored a brace (47th and 70th), the other goal scorers were Subodh Rivonkar (20th), Vales Barreto (22nd),  Levino Valadares (23rd ) and Chetan Fernandes (62nd).
With this win, Ave Maria have collected 24 points winning all their 8 matches and remained unbeaten throughout. Salcete on the other hand have collected 15 points and stand second in this group.
This was the last match of this group in which two best teams vied with each other displaying fantastic football skills but Ave Maria were certainly much superior than their rivals.
While Ave Maria is coached by Peter Coutinho a dedicated coach from Navelim, Salcete is coached by Roque Barreto an international footballer and a qualified coach too.
The ball control, trapping abilities, positional play and passing abilities of both the teams was good enough as they entertained the paltry crowd present at this match to witness the proceedings.
While Salcete tried to curb the moves of their rivals, they would not succeed as Ave Maria were too superior to be dealt with.  Ave Maria impressed a lot more in the second session too. Both the teams relied on wall passing or one-two as is known as to spread the ball well all over the field and suddenly accelerated whenever required to infuse an element of surprise against the deep defence.
But it was Ave Maria who employed this strategy more often and succeeded in splitting the Salcete defence that helped the team to score some classic goals.
Ave Maria took the ball deep inside the rival territory with meticulous passes and enjoyed supremacy in better ball possession and shooting abilities.
Not that Salcete lacked in any of the skills of the game, but the fact remained that Ave Maria proved their point of being the best team of this group by converting whatever chances that came their way.
Both the teams exhibited their best talent and all the credit therefore must go to the respective coaches and the institution they belong to which has been supporting them to be future greats in football. [NT]