Kohima, July 10: Loyola School Jakhama has emerged champion of the 2nd edition of Kohima District Inter School Football Tournament jointly organized by Royal Club Kohima and Department of Youth Resources and Sports at Kohima Local ground here.
Loyola School defeated Mt Sinai Higher Secondary School 3-2 via tie-breaker as the teams were locked in 1-1 draw during the 105 minutes of play, including 90 minutes scheduled time and 15 extra minutes to break the deadlock in the final match played on Monday.
In an exciting final match of the tourney, both sides failed to make any breakthrough during the first 45 minutes but in the breather half Loyola opened their account in 51st minute through Ritohol Thao. However, Mt Sinai didn’t lag much behind as they responded with the equalizer through Toshisongzung in 69th minute ending the stipulated 90 minutes and extra 15 minutes in 1-1 draw.
In the tie-breaker, Loyola School managed to convert three shots while Mt Sinai found only two to be contended as runners-up.
It may recalled that in the Pool ‘A’ final played on July 6 last, Mt Sinai defeated Loyola by a solitary goal. But Loyola found the final berth of the tourney beating winners of Pool B in the semi-final match on July 8.
Winning the tournament, champion’s Loyola School Jakhama received Rs. 70,000 and runners-up Rs. 50,000. They also received citation while losing semi finalists Northfield School and Chandmari HSS also got Rs. 20,000 each.
Player of the tournament went to Vinongol Luho of Loyola School. He is also the highest scorer with 7 goals. Best cheering school went to Northfield while best discipline team was bagged by Chandmari HSS. They received Rs 5000 with citation.
Gracing the valedictory function as the patron, Advisor for Rural Development, MLA Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire handed over the awards.
Exhorting the players, Dr Nicky said them saying that sports has become the most lucrative profession with sportspersons having highest income through out the world. He therefore urged them to be hardworking and dedicated to take up professional sports.
The valedictory function was chaired by organizing committee convenor Khupi Natso while Royal Club general secretary Kenny Peseyie tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)