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Parle FC successfully defend the Vile Parle Premier League title

2015 Vile Parle Premier League champions Parle FC

2015 Vile Parle Premier League champions Parle FC

Parle FC defeated Parle Dazzlers to win the Vile Parle Premier League (VPPL) while Vile Parle Championship (VPC) team, Parle Tigers, clinched promotion to VPPL by beating Parle Wanderers in a promotion play-off at Dubashi Ground, Vile Parle East in Mumbai.

While most Indian football fanatics were busy with the I-League title decider Bengaluru FC vs Mohun Bagan AC, a bunch of 1,500 people in Vile Parle were spectators to the VPPL Season 5 finale between Parle FC and Parle Dazzlers.

Earlier in the tournament Parle Mavericks and Parle Ashkickers got to VPC while VPC winners Parle Heats and play-off winners Parle Tigers clinched promotion to the VPPL.

The Grand Finale of VPPL was witnessed by Sumeet Raghavan of Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai fame who was there to promote his upcoming film ‘Sandook’ with couple of his cast members as Chief Guests. The game was also witnessed by Kundan Chandra – Head of Youth Development of presenting partners Mumbai FC as well as by Mumbai FC player and Indian International Jayesh Rane.

Parle FC 3-0 Parle Dazzlers

It was a see-saw ride for both teams and they faced lots of obstacles to reach the Grand Finale of Mumbai’s most prestigious Youth Tournament. Parle FC finished second in the league table and beat first placed Parle Warriors in the Qualifier 1 to reach the finals. The Dazzlers had an extra match to deal with as the faced the Messiahs in the Eliminator and then Qualifier 1’s losing team Warriors.

The match started with Andon, the highest goalscorer of the tournament, and Prince Anandraj, Mumbai FC’s under-19 player, dominating proceedings from the word go. The first half was a story of missed chances and the Dazzlers were riding their luck. Parle FC almost paid for their mistakes as a communication error between goalkeeper Scott Moraes and a Parle FC defender threatened to break the deadlock.

The second half began in very much similar fashion. The Dazzlers dealt with tired legs having played a match more in the previous days of the tournament and it showed as Prince Anandraj put Parle FC into the lead with Andon’s cut-back as the Dazzlers’ defence could not cope up with the pace of Parle FC. Andon, who had been the most threatening player of Parle FC, got his reward as he pushed the ball into the goal’s top netting to make it 2-0. Parle player Neel Shelar completed the drubbing with a classy finish to end the game 3-0 in favour of Parle FC.

Parle FC received Rs. 100,000 as winners prize money and Dazzlers Rs. 50,000 as runners-up.

Parle Tigers 2-0 Parle Wanderers

Earlier in the evening the VPC saw the playoff final match between second placed Parle Tigers and third placed Parle Wanderers. There was a lot at stake the winner of the play-off was not only entitled to a promotion to VPPL but also a cash prize.

Parle Tigers were clear favorites in the match as they were undefeated throughout the tournament with 4 wins and 3 draws while the Wanderers had scored in only 2 of the 7 league matches, both of which they crucially won and was enough to guarantee them the third spot. In the end it was fairly easy for the Parle Tigers as a goal in each half sealed their promotion with Leander leading the way.

VPPL Best Player – Prince Anandraj (Parle FC)
VPPL Best Goalkeeper – Sheldon (Parle Warriors)
VPPL Highest Goalscorer – Andon (Parle FC)
Best Under-21 player – Winston
Emerging player – Vaishnav Phase (Parle Dazzlers)
Best Under-16 player – Soham (Parle Dazzlers)
DNA Fairplay award – Parle Indians