The Finals match of the Invitation Cup 2013 between Loyola High School Margao and St. Britto’s High School Mapusa began by the Chief Guest, Col. Melville D’souza, arriving at 4 PM. The Chief Guest personally met the two Finalist teams and then hoisted the Royceton Gomes Memorial Sports flag. The flag was then lowered to half-mast by Mr. Joe Gomes in memory of his son Royceton Gomes. The game kicked-off at 4:30 PM.
St. Britto’s began with a great offensive against Loyola’s. There were many tense moments with each team attempting to score against the other, but neither team could convert any goals. The first half completed in a draw 0 – 0.
In the second half St. Britto’s stepped up the pace even more and kept the Loyola goal-keeper busy with sharp shot attempts. However, against the run of play, Loyola scored a clever goal through Johan Gracias in the 40th minute. Taking advantage of the lead and stepping up their game, Samward Pereira of Loyola’s scored a great goal in the 53rd minute tackling three defenders and the goal-keeper.
Loyola’s High School Margao won the Finals match 2 – 0.
The Cheif Guest said a few words after the match and presented the Runners-up and Winners trophies to the young footballers from Goa. It was an exciting and fantastic finish to the Invitation Cup 2013 at Belgaum.
The Royceton Gomes Memorial Football Tournament continues with the Qualifying Round of the Memorial Cup 2013 which is played by local Belgaum school teams. The Qualifying Round will decide two Qualifiers who will play the Main Draw of the Memorial Cup 2013 against the top ten teams from last year. The Qualifying Round matches begin on 25th July, 2013 on the grounds of Islamiya High School, Camp, Belg