Air India

 

The first match was contested between two new teams in the 36th edition of this tournament: Gulf Cable and Malabar United. The KIFF match officials were Connie, Ronnie and Edward. The start of the much revolved mostly in the centre half as both teams tried to gain possession. As Gulf Cable began to settle, they started to look more comfortable moving the ball around and created some good chances. Malabar is response attempted some long range shots to trouble the keeper. The first half remained scoreless but Gibu of Malabar made no mistake scoring from a spot kick in the second half to take the lead as their defender brought down the attacker in the penalty area. Juzer of Gulf Cable had a really good chance to equalize the game but the keeper made a full stretch save to deny him. Muneer of Malabar could have put the game away but he shot wide having only the keeper to beat. A total of five yellow cards were handed out in this match and Malabar have to be careful in the next round.

The second match of the day was between Curtorcares and DHL. Curtorcares maintained their good form in the tournament to secure a 2-0 win. No.6 Braz continued to shine by scoring both the goals in this match. No.17 Jose had another chance from a free kick but was unable to find the target. He played a pivotal role for Curtorcares in supplying the ball to the fowards. No.6 Braz picked up both his goals in the second half. DHL had a few chances but found it difficult to come back into the game after being two goals down. Curtorcares now wait for their opponents in the semi-final stage.

The third match was between UG Strikers and Rising Stars. It was a closely contested match between the two old rivals. Rising Stars scored took the lead in twenty minutes from a long range effort from No.7 Arun. No.9 Thankapan double the lead shortly as the UG keeper failed to make a regulation save. UG started to find their feet back in the game and replied with a string of shots on goal but the Rising keeper did well to keep everything out. UG made a double substitution during the second half and were rewarded with a goal from No.4 Pontes. Alfred made some good moves in the second half and was nearly rewarded. Rising attempted some more long range shots in the second half to trouble the UG keeper.

The fourth match of the day was an exciting feature between AVC and Don Bosco. AVC began to threaten as soon as the whistle blew off and made Don Bosco defend a lot. Steven kept the ball out with a header on goal line and some good defending from Conrad at the back kept the score line to a draw till halftime. Don Bosco strikers were makred well by AVC and they did not give them a lot of room. Don Bosco began to play a better game in the second half and had a few chances to trouble the AVC keeper. The KIFF match officials were John, Arnold and Romeo. Kevin Vaz of AVC had the best chance in of the match but his powerful shoot was kept out by the keeper. There was not much separating the two sides and after regulation time and extra time the game had to be decided by penalties. AVC put in all their first four penalties and Don Bosco got in only three out of four. It looked like AVC were going to take it away on penalties but penalties is always a cruel way to end a match and AVC would be that team. AVC missed their fifth spot kick and gave Don Bosco a golden opportunity to come back in sudden death. Steven of Don Bosco took a cool penalty while Luciano of AVC was not able to convert his. Don Bosco will meet earlier winners Malabar in the quarter final stage.

Don Bosco Oratory Vs. Malabar United at 6:30am
Kuwait Goans Association Vs. Rising Stars at 8:00 am
Goa Maroons Vs. Skynet Raiders at 9:30 am