Bloomberg emerged champions defeating Mumbai Mirror 4-3 via the tie-breaker in the Press Club Inter-Media football tournament, played at the Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA) ground, on Saturday.
Despite the unbearable heat, sixteen team’s rugged shoulders, lots of cheering, penalty shoot-outs and nail-biting finishes reached a crescendo in a final clash in the evening between Bloomberg and Mumbai Mirror.
In a keen battle for supremacy, Mumbai Mirror took the lead through Pulasta Dhar’s first half goal. However, Bloomberg fought back and after a missing a couple of chances managed to score a late equaliser through their consistent scorer Kartik Palaniappan to force the match into the penalty shootout.
In the ensuing tie-breaker, Palaniappan, Nishit Karkera and Joel Pannikot successfully converted for Bloomberg while only Dhar and Vivek Ajinkya managed to score for the losers.
Rev. Fr. Jude Rodrigues, President, MSSA, awarded the handsome winners’ trophy and individual medals, to the Bloomberg players, who also received gift vouchers. Mumbai Mirror received the runners-up trophy and medals from Sebastian Fernandes, Hon. Gen. Secretary, MSSA and gift vouchers. The medals and trophies were presented by MSSA.
Earlier MiD-Day defeated Indian Express 3-0 in the third place match.