Around town : MFC U-19, BoI score convincing wins
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Mumbai FC Under-19 and Bank of India (BoI) registered convincing victories from their respective Super Division matches of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League 2012-13, at the Poinsur Gymkhana ground, on Monday afternoon.
The young Mumbai FC outfit outplayed Goregaon Sports Club 4-1 while earlier in the day Bank of India rallied to subdue State bank of India by a 3-1 margin. The Mumbai FC colts were in total control over the proceedings and scored at regular intervals through to run away with the match. Ronak Killinger netted a brace while Cletus Paul and Vishal Kotak added one each. For Goregaon Sports Club the lone goal was scored by Akshay Paralkar. In the opening match of day Bank of India suffered an early setback as Sachin Shetty hit the target in the very eighth minute to put State Bank in the front. Bank of India stung by that reverse reground and fought back strongly and restored parity 11 minutes later through Siddharth Sharma. Abhishek Padkar doubled the lead for Bank of India in the 40th minute before Jitendra Thakur rounded off the tally in the 85th minute.
Results: At Poinsur Gymkhana – Super Div: Bank of India 3 (Siddharth Sharma. Abhishek Padkar, Jitendra Thakur) beat State Bank of India 1 (Sachin Shetty). Mumbai FC Under-19 4 (Ronak Killinger 2, Cletus Paul, Vishal Kotak) beat Goregaon Sports Club 1 (Akshay Paralkar).
Puri, Jalan qualify for National finals
Akshai Puri carded a gross score of 84 and nett score of 64 to emerge winner from the 0-18 handicap at the Willngdon SC golf course, the second day of the regional finals of the 13th Mercedes Trophy, the world's largest amateur golf tournament, with 58,000 participants across 43 countries. The handicap category of 19-124 was won by Sushil K Jalan, with a gross score of 86 and a nett score of 65.6. Puri and Jalan thus qualified for the Mercedes Trophy National finals to be held in Pune in April and were joined by Anuj Thappar and Abhir Khanna, who finished runner-up behind Puri Jalan respectively. Thappar had a gross of 75 and nett of 64.2, while Khanna recorded a gross of 85 and a nett of 68.2. In the Ballantine's Long Drive category , Sumedh Gangal hit a 272- yard shot to win the contest, while the the Mercedes-Benz Straightest Drive category was won by Ashok Mundra, who shot on the line. The winner of the straightest drive contest will win a chance to go to the prestigious British Open Championship in UK this July.
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