All-Goa Diocesan Priests Football edged past Aldona Selection Players 1-0 in a vocation promotion match at Quitula ground, Sunday.The match was equally balanced until Fr Valentine Alvares who had missed an opportunity earlier scored for Diocesan Priests in the 20th minute.
Stung by the setback, Aldona Selection Players tried to restore parity but were denied by Diocesan Priests’ goalkeeper Fr Benjamin Victoria who pulled off some superb saves.
After the change of ends, MLA Glen Ticlo took the field. Aldona tried their best but could not get past the rival defence.
Fr Valentine was brought down by the rival defender in the penalty area. Fr Milagres failed to convert the resultant penalty.
Individual prizes – First scorer of the match: Fr Valentine Alvares. Best goalkeeper: Fr Benjamin Victoria. Player of the match: Paixao (Aldona Selection).
The highlight of the evening was a colourful performance by the 75 children based on ‘Porta Fidae’-the door to faith.
Diocesan Priests team: Fr Isidor Dias, Fr Valentine Alvares, Fr Peter Raj, Fr Domnic Rodrigues, Fr Cristo, Fr Peter Simon Mascarenhas, Fr Benjamin Victoria, Fr Damacian Carvalho, Fr Benson, Fr Joaquim, Fr Dylon, Fr Milagres Dias, Fr Benny, Fr Caitan, Fr Jayson and Fr Succor. [H]