Greenwood Higher Secondary School, Nagaland proved their mettle by defeating Kalyangarh Bidyamandir, West Bengal 3-1 in penalty shootout to llift the under-14 boys title in the Subroto Cup football tournament in New Delhi on Monday.
Greenwood's goalkeeper Neithoville guarded the nets well during the match as well as the shootout.
Neithovilie stopped the spot kicks of Sanjib Bhowmick, Sourav Biswas and Prokash Sarkar and could not hide his elation after blocking the last shot that ensured that the team regained the title they had last won in 2008.
The last year's runners-up, who were playing with 10 players throughout the tournament since others failed to qualify the requisite medical test were a little off colour during the regulation time.
This was also the first time that the Nagaland team failed to score a goal in regulation time, having pumped in 22 in the three league matches and three more in the knock out stage while conceding just one.
The AIFF scouters have shortlisted 25 boys for one time scholarship of Rs 10,000 and 15 of them from the same poolwill be adopted by the Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society for training them, nurturing their talent.
Results of Final (Penalty Shootout): Bengal 1 (Sandip Roy) Sanjib Bhowmik; Sourav Biswas; Prokash Sarkar (Missed) Nagaland 3 (Nyithung, Osen and Piketo)
Best Player: Sourav Biswas (Kalyangarh Bidyamandir, West Bengal)