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Salgaocar Jrs win NIKE-Man Utd Premier Cup

May 25, 2011 13:00 IST

Salgaocar Juniors defeated Mumbai FC in a keenly-contested final to emerge 'India Champions' in the Indian leg of the NIKE-Manchester United Premier Cup.

In a close match, at the Bharti Vidyapeeth grounds in Pune on Tuesday, goalkeeper Aldrich Fernandes saved three scoring attempts by Mumbai FC Juniors (U-15) before the Goa-based club won the summit clash 5-4 via the tie-breaker.

Mumbai FC, who resorted to rough tactics to keep the Salgaocar boys at bay for the major part of the game, drew first blood in 17th minute through N Roger.

The Goans, however, rode on Myron Borges's last minute strike to make a comeback into the match before emerging triumphant in the tie-breaker.

Earlier, Salgaocar Juniors (U-15) defeated Guwahati Town Club 3-0 via the tie-breaker in the semi-finals.

Twenty teams from across the country participated in the tournament.

The victory enabled Salgaocar Juniors book a berth in the Asian championship, to be held in Bangkok.

This is the second time in three years that Salgaocar have won the junior tournament.

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