Lawrence School owe it to Karan

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Sanawar (HP), AUG 28 (UNI) Hosts Lawrence School of Sanawar won the 11th Bhupinder Singh Memorial Soccer Tournament after defeating a never-say-die Sherwood College of Nainital by 2-1 in a thrilling final here today.

After a barren first half, both teams dished out good soccer with moves and counter moves.

Striker Karan emerged hero in the final as he netted a brace which helped his school claim the coveted trophy.

Lawrence School forged ahead through Karan in the 54th minute.

After that excitment mounted and the last two minutes produced two superb goals.

Sherwood College mounted pressure and neutralised the lead in the 69th minute through A Raghuvanshi. Lawrence School hit back immediately. At the fagend of the match Karan side-stepped a couple of defenders before scoring the match winner.

Munjal of Lawrence School was declared the best goalkeeper. The best player's award went to Sanghera, also of Lawrence School.

Sherwood College striker A Radhuvanshi was adjudged the top scorer of the tournament, with five goals to his credit.

Yadvindra Public School of Patiala Principal Staleny Vinod Kumar gave away the prizes.

The semi-final matches were played in the morning session. In the first semi-final, Lawrence School edged past Bishop Cotton School of Shimla by 1-0. Penjo snatched the all-important goal in the 20th minute. Lawrence School were awarded a penalty as their striker was fouled inside the box. Penjo made no mistake in converting it. The second semi-final between Pinegrove School, Subathu and Sherwood College of Nainital was decided in tie-breaker session. Sherwood College won by an aggregate margin of 3-1. In the regulation period the teams played a one-all draw..

Karan Solanki gave Pinegrove School lead in the 58th minute while A Raghuvanshi scored the equalizer in the 64th minute for Sherwood.

In the tie-breaker session Jagati and S Lala converted spot kicks for Sherwood College while Pinegrove School failed to convert any of the four spot kicks.

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