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M7 FC cruise past Zapak Boys; Ritu Boys win

Panjim: M7 Football Club defeated Zapak Boys in the group E match of Spartacus-King of the week tournament held at Don Bosco Oratory court, Panjim, on Wednesday.In a keen tussle between the sides the hosts dominated the proceedings and managed to shoot into a 2-0 lead through Kiran Tari and Shirodkar.Zapak Boys’ playmaker Excel was instrumental in the midfield and missed a chance in the first session with his shot hitting the post. While M7’s captain Auzden played brilliantly for the hosts.M7 scored the first when Kiran Tari on receiving the ball from the keeper lashed in a rasping shot from his own area, which deflected off a Zapak defender sending the keeper at the wrong end to give his side a deserved 1-0 lead.The home side pressed even harder further on and scored the second through Shirodkar before the teams went into the breather.Post resumption, Zapak boys came in stronger and tried to get past the rival defence however the host stood strong to hold the lead.
In another match, Ritu Boys scored a narrow 1-0 win over St Anthony’s Taleigao. Izhar scored the only goal of the match in the first half.Both teams started the match on equal footings with the players trying their luck from distance.The Taleigao team had the first crack at the rival goal when Creston saw his shot pushed away to safety by the keeper. However, Ritu Boys scored the match-winner just before the break when Izhar placed the ball past the helpless keeper after being set through by medio Lobo.Crossing ends, the Taleigao side tried their best to net the equaliser but they failed to get past the stubborn rival keeper.On Tuesday, Saipem SC, Varca Warriors, La Masia and United Brothers progressed into the knockout phase.In Group C, La Masia topped the group with six points while United Bros were in second spot with three.La Maisa thumped United Bros 4-0 in their first match, and downed Siolim United 4-2 in their second.United Brothers had earlier defeated Siolim United 5-4.Meanwhile, Saipem SC and Varca Warriors qualified from Group D. Saipem SC won both their matches comfortabely beating United Boys Pomburpa 4-0 and Varca Warriours with a similar scoreline. Second placed Varca Warriors defeated Pomburpa 6-3 in a must win game to qualifu for the round of 16 clash after finishing second. [H]

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