Pune: Ali Shaikh starred with a hat-trick as Nagarwala Boy’s School handed a 6-1 thrashing to Stella Maris School to enter the summit clash of Nagarwala Football Boy’s Event being played at the Nagarvala football ground here on Friday.
Ali Shaikh was on top of his form as he made the Stella Maris team regret their slack defending in the opening exchanges. Shaikh was well supported by Om Salunke, who scored a brace apart from turning a provider for two of Shaikh’s goals.
Chaitanya Sakure infact, gave Stella Maris a perfect start with a well-taken strike that gave them an early lead on 16th minute. Hosts Nagarvala School though, were back on level terms within 2 minutes as Shaikh nodded home from a pin-point cross.
Nagarvala School then made the home advantage count as they continued to dominate with a posession in excess of 65%, which later on transpired in flurry of goals for the home side.
They will now square up against JN Petit School, who beat Don Bosco School 4-2 in regulation time.
Petit boys, started off on frontfoot, scoring three goals before the interval to subdue an early onslaught from Don Bosco School. Don Bosco though, pressed Petit on backfoot with some intense pressing in the second half, which resulted in them scoring twice in 3 minutes to make it 3-2 in favour of Petit. As the crowd hoped for another Don Bosco surge in the dying moments, Petit kept their nerve and converted a perfect counter-attack in a goal to triumph 4-2.
Semi-finals: Nagarvala Boy’s School 6 (Ali Shaikh 18th, 40th, 59th, Om Salunke 25th, 28th, Mayank Gaikwad 33rd) beat Stella Maris School 1 (Chaitanya Sakure 16); JN Petit High School 4 (Siddharth Ghatwal 8th, Fitzgerald Jonathan 24, Atharva Lonkar 32, Pranay Dhage 62)