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Vasco stun Mahindra

May 26, 2003 20:18 IST

Mahindra United'shopesof making it to the semi-finals of the Under-19 National Football League suffered a severe joltwhen they lost 0-3 toVascoin a Group 'A' match at the Duler ground, in Mapusa, Goa, on Monday.

Vasco, who led 1-0 at half-time, scored through Agnelo D'Souza (36th, 82nd minutes) and Beevan D'Mello (51st) to register their first victory in the five team-league from three matches.

With two teamsfrom each group going through to the semi-finals,Dempo, with seven points from three matches, are assuredof a berth along with JCT and East Bengal, who have already qualified from Group 'B'.

The last slot will be filled either byMahindra Unitedor Salgaocar, who play their lastmatch on May 29.

After today's defeat, Mahindra, with four points from three matches, will have to beatSalgaocar, who only need only a draw to qualify for the semi-finals as they have six points.

Vasco, who had nothing to lose as they are out of contention for a place in the semi-finals, turned in theirbest performance as they held midfield superiority and ball possession.

They took the lead in 36th minute when Agnelo D'Souza tapped home a deflection after keeper Rajesh Bangera blocked a shot from Beevan D'Mello.

Changing over a goal up, Vasco increased the lead in the 51st minute through a fine goal from D'Mello, who dribbledpast a host of defenders and the onrushing keeper to put the ball into the net.

Theycould have won by a bigger margin had it not been for keeperBangera, who made two diving saves, thwarting Beevan andVilas Morje.

Mahindra's fate was sealed when Agnelo scored againwith a header off a pass from substitute Wesley D'Costa.

Mahindra came by two good chances, butShanwaz Ansari's try went over and later Arshad Ansari's shot was saved by Vasco keeper Bronson Sequeira.


Complete Coverage: National Football League (under 19) 2002-2003

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